AN ACT TO ENSURE THAT ALL MAGISTRATES RECEIVE THE EDUCATION NECESSARY TO PERFORM THE DUTY OF A MAGISTRATE.
House committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows.
Amends the proposed continuing education and training requirements for serving magistrates in GS 7A-177(b1) to require the inclusion of orders of protection in the mandated subjects to be covered.
Appropriates $125,387 in recurring funds and $2,906 in nonrecurring funds from the General Fund to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) for 2021-22 to establish a position for Court Process Analyst. Charges the Court Process Analyst with coordinating in-service education for all serving magistrates, with specified duties, including (1) developing or contracting curriculum criteria based on current statutes, (2) maintaining a database of serving magistrates' completed mandated training hours and notifying delinquent magistrates, (3) producing all annual reports of hours and participants to AOC for magistrates to maintain standing, and (4) conducting in-person regional training opportunities statewide and coordinating with the State Board of Community Colleges to disseminate in-service training opportunities. Effective July 1, 2021.