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H. B. 2595


(By Delegates Williams, Canterbury, H. White,

Romine, Paxton, Stalnaker and G. White)

[Introduced February 23, 2005 ; referred to the

Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §50-1-8 and §50-1-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to increasing salaries for magistrate clerks, magistrate assistants and magistrate deputy clerks.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §50-1-8 and §50-1-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. COURTS AND OFFICERS.
§50-1-8. Magistrate court clerks; salaries; duties; duties of circuit clerk.

(a) In each county having three or more magistrates the judge of the circuit court or the chief judge of the circuit court, if there is more than one judge of the circuit court, shall appoint a magistrate court clerk. In all other counties the judge may appoint a magistrate court clerk or may by rule require the duties of the magistrate court clerk to be performed by the clerk of the circuit court, in which event the circuit court clerk is entitled to additional compensation in the amount of two thousand five hundred dollars per year. The magistrate court clerk serves at the will and pleasure of the circuit judge.
(b) Magistrate court clerks shall be paid a monthly salary by the state. Magistrate court clerks serving magistrates who serve less than eight thousand four hundred in population shall be paid up to one thousand seven hundred forty-eight two thousand seven hundred ninety-five dollars per month and magistrate court clerks serving magistrates who serve eight thousand four hundred or more in population shall be paid up to two thousand one hundred fifty- seven three thousand two hundred and four dollars per month: Provided, That on and after the first day of January July, two thousand two six, magistrate court clerks serving magistrates who serve less than eight thousand four hundred in population shall be paid up to one thousand nine hundred ninety-eight three thousand forty-five dollars per month and magistrate court clerks serving magistrates who serve eight thousand four hundred or more in population shall be paid up to two thousand four hundred seven three thousand four hundred fifty-four dollars per month: Provided, however, That after the effective date of this section, any general salary increase granted to all state employees, whose salaries are not set by statute, expressed as a percentage increase or an "across-the-board" increase, may also be granted to magistrate court clerks. For the purpose of determining the population served by each magistrate, the number of magistrates authorized for each county shall be divided into the population of each county. The salary of the magistrate court clerk shall be established by the judge of the circuit court, or the chief judge of the circuit court if there is more than one judge of the circuit court, within the limits set forth in this section.
(c) In addition to other duties that may be imposed by the provisions of this chapter or by the rules of the Supreme Court of Appeals or the judge of the circuit court or the chief judge of the circuit court if there is more than one judge of the circuit court, it is the duty of the magistrate court clerk to establish and maintain appropriate dockets and records in a centralized system for the magistrate court, to assist in the preparation of the reports required of the court and to carry out on behalf of the magistrates or chief magistrate if a chief magistrate is appointed, the administrative duties of the court.
(d) The magistrate court clerk, or if there is no magistrate court clerk in the county, the clerk of the circuit court, may issue all manner of civil process and require the enforcement of subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum in magistrate court.
§50-1-9. Magistrate assistants; salary; duties.
(a) In each county there shall be one magistrate assistant for each magistrate. Each magistrate assistant shall be appointed by the magistrate under whose authority and supervision and at whose will and pleasure he or she shall serve. The assistant shall not be a member of the immediate family of any magistrate and shall not have been convicted of a felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude and shall reside in the State of West Virginia. For the purpose of this section, "immediate family" means the relationships of mother, father, sister, brother, child or spouse.
(b) A magistrate assistant shall have the duties, clerical or otherwise, assigned by the magistrate and prescribed by the rules of the Supreme Court of Appeals or the judge of the circuit court or the chief judge of the circuit court if there is more than one judge of the circuit court. In addition to these duties, magistrate assistants shall perform and are accountable to the magistrate court clerks with respect to the following duties:
(1) The preparation of summons in civil actions;
(2) The assignment of civil actions to the various magistrates;
(3) The collection of all costs, fees, fines, forfeitures and penalties which are payable to the court;
(4) The submission of moneys, along with an accounting of the moneys, to appropriate authorities as provided by law;
(5) The daily disposition of closed files which are to be located in the magistrate clerk's office;
(6) All duties related to the gathering of information and documents necessary for the preparation of administrative reports and documents required by the rules of the Supreme Court of Appeals or the judge of the circuit court or the chief judge of the circuit court if there is more than one judge of the circuit court;
(7) All duties relating to the notification, certification and payment of jurors serving pursuant to the terms of this chapter;
(8) All other duties or responsibilities whereby the magistrate assistant is accountable to the magistrate court clerk as determined by the magistrate.
(c) Magistrate assistants shall be paid a monthly salary by the state. Magistrate assistants serving magistrates who serve less than eight thousand four hundred in population shall be paid up to one thousand four hundred seventy-four two thousand five hundred twenty-one dollars per month and magistrate assistants serving magistrates who serve eight thousand four hundred or more in population shall be paid up to one thousand seven hundred thirty-two two thousand seven hundred seventy-nine dollars per month: Provided, That on and after the first day of January July, two thousand two six, magistrate assistants serving magistrates who serve less than eight thousand four hundred in population shall be paid up to one thousand seven hundred twenty-four two thousand seven hundred seventy-one dollars per month and magistrate assistants serving magistrates who serve eight thousand four hundred or more in population shall be paid up to one thousand nine hundred eighty-two three thousand twenty-nine dollars per month: Provided, however, That after the effective date of this section, any general salary increase granted to all state employees, whose salaries are not set by statute, expressed as a percentage increase or an "across-the-board" increase, may also be granted to magistrate assistants. For the purpose of determining the population served by each magistrate, the number of magistrates authorized for each county shall be divided into the population of each county. The salary of the magistrate assistant shall be established by the magistrate within the limits set forth in this section.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase salaries for magistrate clerks, magistrate assistants and magistrate deputy clerks.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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