Oklahoma Year in Review: Legislature rejects judicial pay raise; e-signatures on court documents; small claims

New laws affecting the courts enacted by the Oklahoma legislature in 2012 include the following:

HB 2192 Exempts court filings from rules promulgated by Secretary of State under Uniform Electronic Transactions Act. Requires use of e-signature when filing documents with the courts.

HB 2578 Authorizes counties and county officers to contract with a collection agency to recover court penalties, costs, fines and fees in cases in district court in which the accused has failed to appear or otherwise failed to satisfy a monetary obligation ordered by the court.

HB 2713 Provides forms and procedures associated with Court Clerks Revolving Fund to be developed and implemented by the Administrative Director of the Courts (currently State Auditor and Inspector).

HJR 1093 Rejects 6% increase in the compensation for members of the State Judiciary as approved by the Board on Judicial Compensation on September 20, 2011.

SB 1196 Increases small claims jurisdiction from $6,000 to $7,500.

SB 1346 Provides in the event of an ethical disqualification by a municipal judge, the senior municipal judge may appoint, on a case-by-case basis, a sitting municipal judge in another municipality within the same county or an adjacent county to act as a special judge for the purposes of hearing the case.

SB 1733 Permits unconcealed carry of firearm in court locations by a judge.