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Senate Bill 0298

Senate Bill 0298

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF SB 298 (Updated March 28, 2001 5:54 PM - DI 105)

Courts and court officers. Requires the state to pay the full salary of 17 full-time juvenile magistrates who are currently paid partly from state funds and partly from county funds. Establishes a superior court in Howard County, DeKalb County, and Vigo County. Provides that the initial judges of the DeKalb County, Howard County, and Vigo County superior courts shall be appointed by the governor. Eliminates the small claims referee in the DeKalb superior court. Provides one additional magistrate for the LaPorte circuit and superior courts. Changes the method of appointment of magistrates in LaPorte County. Authorizes Henry superior court No. 2 to appoint a small claims referee. Corrects a technical error to bring the law governing the Elkhart circuit court into conformity with provisions of the law governing the Elkhart superior court that state the number of magistrates jointly appointed by the Elkhart circuit and superior courts. Provides for payment of senior judges who have served at least 30 days without interruption in a calendar year at the rate set under a compensation schedule adopted by the supreme court. Establishes a late payment fee for the late payment of fines, civil penalties, and costs. Permits a county council to adopt an ordinance providing that 40% of late payment fees collected by the clerk of the circuit court are to be deposited in the clerk's record perpetuation fund and 60% of the late payment fees are to be deposited in the county general fund. Makes related changes. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the commission on courts.)
    Current Status:
    In Committee - 2nd House
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