§49-5A-1. Juvenile referee; qualifications; compensation;
authority;"child," etc., defined.
In each county, the judge or judges of the circuit court may
appoint one person who is qualified by education and experience to
serve as juvenile referee on a full-time or part- time basis who
shall serve at the will and pleasure of the appointing court. The
salary of such referee shall be fixed by the court in accordance
with the rules of the supreme court of appeals, and shall be paid
out of the state treasury. It shall be the duty of the referee to
hold any detention hearing determined necessary pursuant to the
provisions of section two of this article. Each referee shall also
perform such other duties as are assigned to him by the court to
carry out the purposes of this article. Referees shall not be
permitted to conduct hearings on the merits of any case.
As used in this article, the terms "child" or "children" shall
have the meaning ascribed to those terms elsewhere in this chapter.