Here’s a quick rundown of courts-related bills filed in the General Assembly this session:
HB 161 Provides magistrates are subject to same mandatory retirement age as judges, but applies only to those becoming magistrates after January 2015. Passed House, in Senate Committee on Pensions.
HB 199 Increases district court civil jurisdiction from $10,000 to $25,000. Passed House, in Senate Rules Committee.
HB 246 (Constitutional Amendment) Provides a person with concealed carry permit may carry anywhere in state except in limited, specified locations including a courthouse. In House Rules Committee.
HB 397 Expands eligibility for District Court Judgeship to include elected sheriffs with 10 year experience; clerks of superior court with 10 years experience; magistrates with 10 years experience; anyone with 25 years law enforcement experience. In House Rules Committee.