SEC. 43-23-39. Family court judge qualifications; election; term of office; salary.
Sections 43-23-1, 43-23-3, 43-23-5, 43-23-7, 43-23-9, 43-23-11, 43-23-13, 43-23-15, 43-23-17, 43-23-19, 43-23-21, 43-23-23, 43-23-25, 43-23-27, 43-23-29, 43-23-31, 43-23-33, 43-23-35, 43-23-37, 43-23-39, 43-23-41, 43-23-43, 43-23-45, 43-23-47, 43-23-49, 43-23-51, 43-23-53 and 43-23-55, Mississippi Code of 1972, which provide for the establishment and operation of family courts, are repealed.
(1) The family court judge shall possess all of the qualifications of the chancery court judge as prescribed by the constitution of the state of Mississippi. He shall receive a salary in accord with the provisions of subsection (2) of this section. He shall not practice law in any court of the county wherein he holds court, provided that this shall not prohibit the judge of a family court from practicing in any of the courts so far as to enable him to bring to a conclusion cases actually pending when he was appointed or elected in which such judge was then employed as is provided by law for judges of the circuit court and the chancery court. He shall be elected by the qualified electors of a county at the time and in the manner as chancery court judges are elected, and shall hold his office for the same term, and vacancies in said office shall be filled in the same manner as the office of the chancery court judge. Any vacancy in the office of judge of the family court shall be made by appointment by the governor of the state of Mississippi.
The judge of the family court shall attend at least one annual institute for youth court judges to be held by the Mississippi Council of Youth Court Judges, Inc. and may attend conferences or annual conventions of juvenile court judges held annually, nationally, or in designated regions of the United States. The judge so attending such institutes and/or conferences shall be entitled to be reimbursed for his actual expenses not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) for any one year.
(2) The family court judge shall receive a salary of nine thousand five hundred dollars ($9,500.00) per year, payable monthly out of the county treasury. Notwithstanding any other provision in this section to the contrary, the salary of family court judges in counties having a population of eighty thousand (80,000) or more according to the 1970 census, shall be twenty-two thousand five hundred dollars ($22,500.00), or one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) less than circuit or chancery judges, whichever is greater.
The board of supervisors of any county having a family court may pay, in its discretion, an additional sum not to exceed four thousand dollars ($4,000.00) per annum to each family court judge in its county, payable monthly from the county treasury or from any other available source.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 7187-20; Laws, 1964, ch. 328, Sec. 20; 1966, ch. 345, Sec. 1; 1968, ch. 311, Sec. 2; 1970, ch. 402, Sec. 4; 1971, ch. 495, Sec. 1; 1973, ch. 486, Sec. 1, eff from and after passage (approved April 12, 1973). This section is repealed by Laws 1999, Ch. 432, Sec. 2 when such law is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.