SB 37

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Municipal courts, pretrial diversion program, voluntary transfer authorized
Description

This bill would provide for the voluntary transfer of a case from a municipal court to the county district or circuit court when the defendant qualifies for a pretrial diversion program, mental health court, drug court, veteran court, or similar program that is offered by the county district or circuit court and not offered by the municipal court

This bill would specify that both the defendant and the municipal court in the case shall retain the right to object to the transfer of the case

Relating to municipal courts; to provide for the transfer of a municipal court case under certain circumstances.

Subjects
Pretrial Diversion Programs
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This bill would provide for the voluntary transfer of a case from a municipal court to the county district or circuit court when the defendant qualifies for a pretrial diversion program, mental health court, drug court, veteran court, or similar program that is offered by the county district or circuit court and not offered by the municipal court

This bill would specify that both the defendant and the municipal court in the case shall retain the right to object to the transfer of the case

Relating to municipal courts; to provide for the transfer of a municipal court case under certain circumstances.

Section 1

(a) The presiding judge of a circuit, upon consultation with the district attorney, may provide for the voluntary transfer of a case from a municipal court of the jurisdiction to the district or circuit court if all of the following apply: (1) The defendant qualifies for a pretrial diversion program, mental health court, drug court, veteran court, or similar program. (2) The county district or circuit court offers a pretrial diversion program, mental health court, drug court, veteran court, or similar program. (3) The municipal court does not offer a pretrial diversion program, mental health court, drug court, veteran court, or similar program. (b) A case transferred under subsection (a) shall become the exclusive jurisdiction of the district and circuit courts and shall be prosecuted under the state law charged by the municipality. (c) Both the municipal court and the defendant shall retain the right to object to a transfer under subsection (a). The case may not be transferred if either the municipal court or the defendant objects.

Section 2

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

No articles found.
Action Date Chamber Action
March 15, 2018HPending third reading on day 21 Favorable from Judiciary with 1 amendment
March 15, 2018HJudiciary first Amendment Offered
March 15, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment
January 25, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Judiciary
January 25, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 132
January 25, 2018SThird Reading Passed
January 18, 2018SReported from Judiciary as Favorable
January 9, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Judiciary
2018-01-25
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed