AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE SUPERIOR COURT DISTRICTS, DISTRICT COURT DISTRICTS, AND PROSECUTORIAL DISTRICTS.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Amends GS 7A-41 by changing to composition of the following superior court districts: district 5A, which was previously made up of portions of New Hanover County and portions of Pender County, to now consist of fewer portions of New Hanover County and all of Pender County; district 5B, which was previously made up of portions of New Hanover County and portions of Pender County, now consisting of portions of New Hanover County only; district 5C, which previously consisted of portions of New Hanover County, to now consist of different portions of New Hanover County.
Adds that in 2018 and every eight years thereafter, elections must be conducted for districts 12A and 12C (each parts of Cumberland); in 2020 and every eight years thereafter, elections must be held for district 12B (part of Cumberland) (note, this provision appears to intend districts 5A, 5B, and 5C).
Amends GS 7A-133 by removing district court district 10, which consists of Wake County and includes 19 judges. Instead, creates district 10A with three judges, district 10B with three judges, district 10C with three judges, district 10D with six judges, district 10E with three judges and district 10F with three judges (for a total of 21 judges), with each district composed of the newly specified parts of Wake County.
Adds that judges in the following districts take office on January 1, 2019, with elections in 2018 and every four years thereafter: district 10A (one judge), district 10B (two judges), district 10D (three judges), district 10E (two judges), and district 10F (two judges). Judges in the following districts take office on January 1, 2021, with elections in 2020 and every four years thereafter: district 10A (two judges), district 10B (one judge), district 10C (three judges), district 10D (three judges), district 10E (one judge), district 10F (one judge).
Provides that if Senate Bill 99 (Appropriations Act of 2018) becomes law, the Director of the Budget must increase the Administrative Office of the Courts' budget from the unserved fund balance in an amount sufficient to cover the costs of the judgeships created by this bill and hereby appropriates those funds.
Amends the act's short and long titles.
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