COMMITTEE AMENDMENT NO 1 PROPOSED TO
House Bill No. 1158
Amend by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
SECTION 1. Section 9-4-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
9-4-7. (1) The Court of Appeals shall be subject to the administrative policies and procedures as may be established by the Supreme Court, including docket control of the Court of Appeals cases. Whenever feasible, and subject to approval of the Supreme Court, the administrative structure of the Supreme Court shall also support the Court of Appeals.
(2) The Clerk of the Supreme Court shall be the Clerk of the Court of Appeals and appointment of employees by the Court of Appeals shall be governed by personnel policies adopted and approved by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Whenever feasible and approved by the Supreme Court, employees of the Supreme Court shall also serve the Court of Appeals. The records of the Court of Appeals shall be kept by the Supreme Court Clerk or a deputy of the clerk.
(3) The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall appoint a Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for a term of four (4) years, and the person so named shall be eligible for reappointment, subject to the discretion of the Chief Justice.
(4) The Chief Justice may assign one or more Court of Appeals Judges to serve as lower court trial judges to provide docket relief as he deems necessary.
(5) The Court of Appeals shall be authorized to employ an Opinion Editor of the Court of Appeals. The employment of an Opinion Editor shall be subject to the availability of funds specifically appropriated therefor by the Legislature.
SECTION 2. Section 9-4-13, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
9-4-13. (1) The judges of the Court of Appeals shall receive salaries as provided for in Section 25-3-35, shall be reimbursed for mileage expenses incurred in performing their duties at the rate authorized by law for public officials and employees as provided for in Section 25-3-41, and shall receive an expense allowance as provided for in Section 25-3-43.
(2) Staff attorneys, law clerks, the opinion editor and all other employees of the Court of Appeals shall be of the same grade classification as Supreme Court employees performing the same or similar duties.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2007.
Further, amend by striking the title in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 9-4-7 AND 9-4-13, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CREATE THE POSITION OF OPINION EDITOR; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.