Bill Summary for S 255 (2021)

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Jun 2 2021

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Senate Bill 255 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 11, 2021
AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES AND TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO THE LAWS GOVERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE.
Intro. by Britt, Daniel.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.

Section 9

Revises proposed GS 7A-49.6, which grants a general authorization for judicial officials to conduct proceedings of all types using an audio and video transmission in which the parties, the presiding official, and any other participants can see and hear each other. Revises the authority for a court to allow a witness to testify in a proceeding involving a jury by audio and video transmission upon finding in the record that good cause exists for doing so under the circumstances, limiting the authority to civil proceeding involving a jury. Makes organizational changes.

Section 14

Eliminates the content of Section 14, which amended GS 7A-20 to direct the Supreme Court to fix charges to litigants for document management as well as the reproduction of appellate records and briefs, and amended GS 7A-343.3 to provide for moneys collected through charges to litigants for document management to also be remitted to the State Treasurer and held in the Appellate Courts Printing and Computer Operations Fund, as is required of charges for reproduction of appellate records and briefs, to be used to support document management shop operations of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Makes conforming changes to renumber the remaining sections of the act.

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