As the General Assembly convenes next week, legislators will be facing a wide array of pre-filed bills. Hundreds of proposed new laws cover everything from government restructuring to texting to roadside foliage control. And while most may be of some interest to lawyers as voters and taxpayers, fewer are likely to have a direct bearing on the practice of law. Those that do include a number of bills that potentially affect state courts and their procedures, including the selection of judges and masters-in-equity, the retirement age of magistrates and approval of search warrants via electronic communications.
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