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NO. 70. AN ACT RELATING TO WINDSOR COUNTY YOUTH COURT.

(S.77)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. REPEAL

12 V.S.A. 7112 (termination of Windsor County youth court) is repealed.

Sec. 2. 12 V.S.A. 5540a is amended to read:

5540a. JURISDICTION OVER SMALL CLAIMS; ASSISTANT JUDGES; ADDISON, BENNINGTON, CHITTENDEN, FRANKLIN, GRAND ISLE, LAMOILLE, ORANGE, ORLEANS, WASHINGTON, WINDHAM AND WINDSOR COUNTIES

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(b) *[An]* With the exception of assistant judges authorized to preside in small claims matters prior to the effective date of this act who have successfully completed the testing requirements established herein, an assistant judge hearing cases under this section shall have completed at least *[60]* 100 hours of relevant training and testing, and observed 20 hours of small claims hearings in accordance with the protocol for said training and observation which shall be established by a majority of the assistant judges of the state, which *[may]* shall include attendance at colleges or classes available in various locations in and outside the state to lay judges. Training shall be paid for on a per capita basis of those judges electing to take the training by the county, which expenditure is hereby authorized. Law clerk assistance available to superior court judges shall be available to the assistant judges.

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(e) This section shall be repealed effective on July 1, *[2001]* 2003. The assistant judges who have elected to hear small claims cases under this section shall report to the house and senate judiciary committees with their findings and recommendations concerning their activities under this section on or before January 15, *[2001]* 2002.

Sec. 3. 24 V.S.A. 139 is added to read:

139. ASSISTANT JUDGE JUDICIAL EDUCATION

The assistant judges, either collectively or through a duly authorized committee of assistant judges established by a majority vote of the assistant judges after consultation with the administrative judge shall, by majority vote:

(1) identify the training needs of assistant judges, including, but not limited to, needs which are required by law; and

(2) design, organize and implement training for assistant judges, including, but not limited to, training which is required by law.

Sec. 4. SUNSET EXTENSION OF FAMILY COURT JURISDICTION FOR MAGISTRATES

Sec. 7 of Act No. 54 of the Acts of 1999 is amended to read:

Sec. 7. EFFECTIVE DATE

4 V.S.A. 461(a)(6) shall *[expire on]* be repealed effective July 1, *[2001]* 2003.

Sec. 5. REPORT

The administrative judge shall report to the Senate and House Committees on Judiciary on or before January 15, 2002 on the impact of extending concurrent jurisdiction to magistrates, pursuant to 4 V.S.A. 461(a)(6).

Sec. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage.

Approved: June 16, 2001