COURTS AND COURT OFFICIALS
MAGISTRATE DIVISION OF THE DISTRICT COURT
1-2210. Assignments restricted to magistrates who are attorneys. (1) The supreme court by rule may specify additional categories of matters assignable to magistrates, except that the following matters may not be assigned to magistrates who are not attorneys:
(a) Civil actions in which the amount of money or damages or the value of property claimed exceeds five thousand dollars ($5,000), except as otherwise authorized by this act;
(b) Criminal proceedings in which the maximum authorized punishment exceeds the punishment authorized for misdemeanors;
(c) All proceedings involving the custody of minors and all habeas corpus proceedings;
(d) Proceedings for divorce, separate maintenance or annulment; and
(e) Proceedings in quo warranto, or for injunction, prohibition, mandamus, ne exeat, or appointment of a receiver.
(2) The supreme court may assign an attorney magistrate to temporary service on the supreme court, except an attorney magistrate may not be assigned to hear cases in which the attorney magistrate participated, nor may an attorney magistrate be assigned to hear cases which originated in his or her judicial district.
[1-2210, added 1969, ch. 104, sec. 10, p. 353; am. 1972, ch. 36, sec. 2, p. 55; am. 1972, ch. 313, sec. 1, p. 775; am. 1981, ch. 180, sec. 2, p. 316; am. 1992, ch. 74, sec. 2, p. 211; am. 2000, ch. 250, sec. 2, p. 704; am. 2002, ch. 95, sec. 1, p. 263; am. 2006, ch. 263, sec. 2, p. 816.]