CHAPTER 133

RELATING TO LAW LIBRARIES

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 19, TITLE 10, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO LAW LIBRARIES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR A STATE LAW LIBRARY IN KENT COUNTY CORRESPONDING TO LAW LIBRARIES IN THE OTHER COUNTIES AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. The first paragraph of § 1942, Title 10, Delaware Code, is amended to read as follows:

§ 1942. Control and supervision of law libraries

The law library in each county maintained for the use of the judges of the courts shall be under the control and supervision respectively of the judges of the Court of Chancery and of the Superior Court residing in the county, who are empowered from time to time to purchase such law books as shall be necessary for the maintenance of the library. The judges residing in New Castle County are authorized to employ a librarian for the law library of New Castle County at such compensation as shall from time to time be fixed by the judges. The judges residing in Sussex County, if and when they shall determine that a librarian is required in the Sussex County library, are likewise authorized to employ one at such compensation as they may fix from time to time. The judges residing in Kent County, if and when they shall determine that a librarian is required in the Kent County library, are likewise authorized to employ one at such compensation as they may fix from time to time.

Section 2. Chapter 19, Title 10, Delaware Code, is amended by adding thereto a new section to read as follows:

§ 1943. Law library in Kent County as official law library for State

The law library in Kent County is designated as the official law library of the State of Delaware. Any law books, statutes, legal periodicals, or other legal material suitable for a State law library received by the State of Delaware on an exchange basis or on any other basis and not specifically acquired by or for some other subdivision of the State shall be deposited in the law library in Kent County.

Section 3. A law library in Kent County is established to occupy space made available to the State for this purpose, in the Kent County Court House.

Section 4. The judges of the Court of Chancery and of the Superior Court residing in Kent County may receive any books or other material, supplies or office equipment transferred to the law library in Kent County from the State Library or from any other source and may take whatever other steps are necessary and proper to establish a law library in the Kent County Court House. Such steps may be taken prior to abolition of the present State Library.

Section 5. The sum of $10,000 is appropriated to the judges resident in Kent County for use in connection with furnishing and equipping the law library in Kent County during the current fiscal year.

A further sum of $600 is appropriated to the judges resident in Kent County for salaries for the law library in Kent County during the current fiscal year.

Further sums for the fiscal years ending June 30,'1958 and June 30, 1959 are appropriated to the judges resident in Kent County for the law library in Kent County as follows:

 

Year ending June 30,

1958 1959

Salaries

$3,500.00

$ 3,500.00

Office expense

600.00

250.00

Repairs and Replacements

1,500.00

300.00

Books and Publications

4,000.00

4,000.00

 

$9,600.00

$ 8,050.00

Total for biennium

 

$17,650.00

Section 6. This act is a supplementary appropriation and the money appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of the General Fund of the State of Delaware.

Approved June 10, 1957.