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Magistrate's Duties

The powers of a Magistrate shall be limited to the following:

1) Issuance of arrest warrants.

2) Granting of bail in misdemeanor with the discretionary bail schedule and approving cash and professional surety bond upon a Municipal Judge's approval.

3) Receiving of pleas of guilty in minor misdemeanors where a schedule of fines has been prescribed by rule. 

4) Accountability to the municipal court for all uniform traffic tickets and complaints, moneys received, and records of offenses.

5) Accepting and screening affidavits of substantial hardship upon a Municipal Judge's approval and, if authorized by court order, assigning attorneys on a rotating basis from a list approved by the court.

6) Conducting arraignments and setting not guilty pleas for trial, upon a Municipal Judge's approval.

7) Opening court and calling the docket, upon a Municipal Judge's approval.

8) Granting continuances in municipal ordinance violation cases, upon a Municipal Judge's approval.

9) Dismissing no driver's license violations' pursuant to section 32-6-9 where the defendant shows proof of a valid driver's license at the time the citation was written.

10) Dismissing mandatory liability insurance violations pursuant to section 32-7A-20 where the defendant has produced satisfactory evidence that at the time of the citation the motor vehicle was covered by a liability insurance policy in accordance with section 32-7A-4.

11) Dismissing equipment violations where a municipal ordinance allows and where the law enforcement officer signs the Uniform Traffic Citation and Complaint (UTTC) verifying that the equipment has been replaced.

12) Any other authority as may be granted by law.


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