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SECTION 8-10-3.2

   § 8-10-3.2  General magistrate of thefamily court. – (a) There is hereby created within the family court the position of generalmagistrate of the family court who shall be appointed by the chief judge of thefamily court with the advice and consent of the senate for a term of ten (10)years and until a successor is appointed and qualified. Nothing herein shall beconstrued to prohibit the assignment of the general magistrate to more than onesuch term, subject to the advice and consent of the senate.

   (b) The general magistrate shall be an attorney at law and amember in good standing of the Rhode Island bar.

   (c) The primary function of the general magistrate shall bethe enforcement of child support decrees, orders, and law relative to childsupport. The general magistrate shall have all the authority and powers vestedin magistrates by virtue of §§ 8-10-3, 8-10-3.1, 9-15-19, 9-15-21,9-14-26, 9-18-8, 9-18-9, and 36-2-3, and any other authority conferred uponmagistrates by any general or public law or by any rule of procedure orpractice of any court within the state.

   (d) The chief justice of the supreme court with the agreementof the chief judge of the family court may specially assign the generalmagistrate to any court of the unified judicial system; provided, however, thatthe general magistrate may be assigned to the superior court subject to theprior approval of the presiding justice of the superior court. When the generalmagistrate is so assigned he or she shall be vested, authorized, and empoweredwith all the powers belonging to the magistrates of the court to which he orshe is specially assigned.

   (e) The general magistrate shall:

   (1) Receive all credits and retirement allowances as affordedjustices under chapter 3 of this title and any other applicable law;

   (2) Be governed by the commission on judicial tenure anddiscipline, chapter 16 of this title, in the same manner as justices andworkers' compensation judges;

   (3) Be entitled to a special license plate under §31-3-47;

   (4) Receive a salary equivalent to that of a district courtjudge;

   (5) Be subject to all the provisions of the canons ofjudicial ethics; and

   (6) Be subject to all criminal laws relative to judges byvirtue of §§ 11-7-1 and 11-7-2.

   (f) The provisions of this section shall be afforded liberalconstruction.