HB 700 - Judges, solicitors, district attorneys; additional qualification

Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions

HB 700 - Judges, solicitors, district attorneys; additional qualification

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Code Sections - 15-6-4/ 15-18-3
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HB 700 LC 11 8497 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1- 1 To amend Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, 1- 2 relating to courts, so as to provide for an additional 1- 3 qualification for judges of the superior courts, judges of 1- 4 the state courts, solicitors, and district attorneys; to 1- 5 repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 1- 6 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. 1- 7 Title 15 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating 1- 8 to courts, is amended by striking Code Section 15-6-4, 1- 9 relating to qualifications of superior court judges, and 1-10 inserting in its place the following: 1-11 "15-6-4. (Index) 1-12 No person shall be judge of the superior courts unless, at 1-13 the time of his election, he has attained the age of 30 1-14 years, has been a citizen of the state for three years, 1-15 has practiced law for seven years, and has been duly 1-16 reinstated to the practice of law in the event of his 1-17 disbarment therefrom. No person shall be qualified to 1-18 serve as judge of the superior courts unless such person 1-19 by January 1, 1997, or within two years after first taking 1-20 office as judge of the superior courts, whichever is 1-21 later, successfully completes a course approved by the 1-22 Judicial Council of Georgia relating to child sexual and 1-23 physical abuse and family violence." SECTION 2. 1-24 Said title is further amended by striking paragraph (1) of 1-25 subsection (a) of Code Section 15-7-21, relating to 1-26 qualifications of judges of the state courts, and inserting 1-27 in its place the following: 1-28 "(a)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this 1-29 subsection, each judge of the state court shall be a 1-30 resident of the geographic area in which he is selected 1-31 to serve, shall have been a resident of the state for -1- (Index) LC 11 8497 2- 1 three years next preceding the beginning of his term of 2- 2 office, shall as of such date be at least 25 years of 2- 3 age, and shall have been admitted to practice law for 2- 4 five years. No person shall be qualified to serve as 2- 5 judge of the state court unless such person by January 2- 6 1, 1997, or within two years after first taking office 2- 7 as judge of the state court, whichever is later, 2- 8 successfully completes a course approved by the Judicial 2- 9 Council of Georgia relating to child sexual and physical 2-10 abuse and family violence." SECTION 3. 2-11 Said title is further amended by striking subsection (b) of 2-12 Code Section 15-7-24, relating to solicitors of state 2-13 courts, and inserting in its place the following: 2-14 "(b) Each solicitor of the state court shall, on the date 2-15 he takes office, permanently reside within the judicial 2-16 circuit containing the geographic area in which he is 2-17 selected to serve, shall as of such date be at least 25 2-18 years of age, and shall have been admitted to practice law 2-19 in the State of Georgia for one year. No person shall be 2-20 qualified to serve as solicitor of the state court unless 2-21 such person by January 1, 1997, or within two years after 2-22 first taking office as solicitor of the state court, 2-23 whichever is later, successfully completes a course 2-24 approved by the Judicial Council of Georgia relating to 2-25 child sexual and physical abuse and family violence." SECTION 4. 2-26 Said title is further amended by striking Code Section 2-27 15-18-3, relating to qualifications of district attorneys, 2-28 and inserting in its place the following: 2-29 "15-18-3. (Index) 2-30 (a) To be eligible to fill the office of district 2-31 attorney, a person must: 2-32 (1) Have been a resident citizen of this state three 2-33 years just preceding his election or appointment; 2-34 (2) Permanently reside in the circuit at the time of his 2-35 election or appointment; 2-36 (3) Have attained the age of 25 years; 2-37 (4) Have been duly admitted and licensed to practice law 2-38 in the superior courts for at least three years; and -2- (Index) LC 11 8497 3- 1 (5) If previously disbarred from the practice of law, 3- 2 have been reinstated as provided by law. 3- 3 (b) No person shall be qualified to serve as district 3- 4 attorney unless such person by January 1, 1997, or within 3- 5 two years after first taking office as district attorney, 3- 6 whichever is later, successfully completes a course 3- 7 approved by the Judicial Council of Georgia relating to 3- 8 child sexual and physical abuse and family violence." SECTION 5. 3- 9 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 3-10 repealed. -3- (Index)

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