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984Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20020206Primary Sponsor: HawkinsAll Sponsors: HawkinsDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\pt\1665dw02.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJSubject: Magistrates, required recertifications and archaic provisions deletedHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20020206 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee Versions of This Bill
TO AMEND SECTION 22-1-10, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE APPOINTMENT OF MAGISTRATES, THEIR JURISDICTION, AND TRAINING AND RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS, SO AS TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT A MAGISTRATE MUST PASS A RECERTIFICATION EXAMINATION EVERY EIGHT YEARS AFTER HIS INITIAL CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION AND TO DELETE ARCHAIC PROVISIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 22-1-10(C)(1) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 152 of 1993, is amended to read:
"(1) All magistrates shall complete a training program or pass certification or recertification examinations, or both, pursuant to standards established by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. The examination must be offered at least three times each year.
(a) Magistrates appointed for the first time on or after the effective date of this act section shall complete the training program and pass the certification examination within one year after taking office , or before April 30, 1995, whichever is later.
(b) Magistrates serving the counties of Abbeville, Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Dillon, Edgefield, Florence, Greenville, Hampton, Jasper, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda, Sumter, and Williamsburg, as of the effective date of this act, shall pass a certification examination before April 30, 1995.
(c) Magistrates serving the counties of Aiken, Anderson, Barnwell, Berkeley, Charleston, Chester, Darlington, Dorchester, Fairfield, Georgetown, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Laurens, Lexington, Marlboro, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Spartanburg, Union, and York, as of the effective date of this section, shall pass a certification examination before April 30, 1996.
(d) Every magistrate shall pass a recertification examination within eight years after passing the initial certification examination, and at least once every eight years thereafter."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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