§14-2A-9. Claim investigators; compensation and expenses; paralegals and support staff.

The court of claims is hereby authorized to hire not more than two claim investigators to be employed within the office of the clerk of the court of claims, who shall carry out the functions and duties set forth in section twelve of this article. Claim investigators shall serve at the pleasure of the court of claims and under the administrative supervision of the clerk of the court of claims. The compensation of claim investigators shall be fixed by the court, and such compensation, together with travel, clerical and other expenses of the clerk of the court of claims relating to a claim investigator carrying out his duties under this article, including the cost of obtaining reports required by the investigator in investigating a claim, shall be payable from the crime victims compensation fund as appropriated for such purpose by the Legislature.

The court of claims is hereby authorized to hire as support staff such paralegal or paralegals and secretary or secretaries to be employed within the office of the clerk of the court of claims, necessary to carry out the functions and duties of this article. Such support staff shall serve at the will and pleasure of the court of claims and under the administrative supervision of the clerk of the court of claims.