SB 38

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Judges, private, types of cases expanded, Secs. 12-11A-2, 12-11A-4 am'd.
Description

Existing law authorizes the appointment of former or retired circuit and district court judges to serve as private judges in certain district and circuit court cases, and authorizes compensation to those judges for their services

This bill would authorize former or retired probate judges meeting specified requirements to serve as private judges in probate cases that are removed to the circuit court

Relating to the appointment of private judges; to amend Sections 12-11A-2 and 12-11A-4, Code of Alabama 1975, to allow former and retired probate judges meeting specified requirements to serve as private judges in certain cases.

Subjects
Judges
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Existing law authorizes the appointment of former or retired circuit and district court judges to serve as private judges in certain district and circuit court cases, and authorizes compensation to those judges for their services

This bill would authorize former or retired probate judges meeting specified requirements to serve as private judges in probate cases that are removed to the circuit court

Relating to the appointment of private judges; to amend Sections 12-11A-2 and 12-11A-4, Code of Alabama 1975, to allow former and retired probate judges meeting specified requirements to serve as private judges in certain cases.

Section 1

Sections 12-11A-2 and 12-11A-4 of the Code of Alabama 1975, are amended to read as follows:

§12-11A-2.

(a) Persons who may act as private judges shall:

(1) Have been, but are not actively serving as, a judge of a district, or circuit, or probate court and have served in the capacity of judge for at least six consecutive years.

(2) Be admitted to the practice of law in Alabama.

(3) Be an active member in good standing of the Alabama State Bar Association.

(4) Be a resident of Alabama.

(b) A person may act as a judge of a case under this chapter only if all of the following occur:

(1) All parties to the action file a written petition with the circuit clerk of the court in which the action is pending requesting a private judge and naming the person whom the parties wish to have as private judge. The petition shall be accompanied by a form signed by the private judge selected consenting to the appointment.

(2) The case is one over which the court in which the former judge served would have had subject matter and monetary jurisdiction.

(3) The case is founded exclusively on domestic relations, contract, tort, or a combination of contract and tort assigned a CV or DR case number by the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts.

§12-11A-4.

(a) A trial conducted by a private judge shall be conducted without a jury.

(b) A person who serves as a private judge has, for each case the private judge hears, the same powers as the judge of a circuit court in relation to the following:

(1) Court procedure.

(2) Deciding the outcome of the case.

(3) Attendance of witnesses.

(4) Punishment of contempt.

(5) Enforcement of orders.

(6) Administering oaths.

(7) Giving all necessary certificates for the authentication of the records and proceedings.

(c) A person appointed as a private judge pursuant to the terms of this chapter shall have immunity in the same manner and to the same extent as a judge in the State of Alabama.

(d) All proceedings in an action heard by a private judge are of record and must be:

(1) Filed with the clerk of the circuit court in the county of proper venue under the Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure.

(2) Made available to the public in the same manner as circuit court records.

(e) The Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure shall apply for all actions brought before a private judge. The private judge shall maintain jurisdiction over all matters brought before him or her until the order is deemed final and appealable, as defined by the Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure to the same extent as matters before a trial court, including all post-trial proceedings and subsequent proceedings between the same parties arising from the same case. An appeal from an action or a judgment of a private judge may be taken in the same manner as an appeal from the circuit court of the county where the case is filed."

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.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 21, 2018SAssigned Act No. 2018-384.
March 21, 2018SDelivered to Governor at 4:34 p.m. on March 21, 2018
March 21, 2018SEnrolled
March 21, 2018HSignature Requested
March 21, 2018SPassed Second House
March 21, 2018HGivan intended to vote Yea
March 21, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 947
March 21, 2018HThird Reading Passed
March 1, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 13, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Judiciary
February 13, 2018SEngrossed
February 13, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 372
February 13, 2018SWard motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 371
February 13, 2018SJudiciary Amendment Offered
February 13, 2018SThird Reading Passed
January 25, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment
January 9, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Judiciary
2018-03-21
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-02-13
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-02-13
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed