A bill filed in the North Carolina House earlier this week would overhaul the way the state’s magistrate judges operate. HB 126 as filed
- Directs the Administrative Office of the Courts to develop a code of conduct for all magistrates by July 1, 2018.
- Gives chief district court judges the authority to discipline magistrates including a letter of caution, a written reprimand, or up to a 10-day suspension without pay.
- Allows magistrates to be assigned to temporary duty in another county; current law only allows for such a move “during an emergency.”
- Requires chief district court judges of each county to appoint a chief magistrate.
HB 126 has been filed in the House Judiciary III Committee.