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AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 1108, TITLE 10, DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE JUVENILE COURT OF KENT AND SUSSEX COUNTIES.

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

Section 1. Section 1108, Title 10, Delaware Code is stricken and the following is substituted therefor:

§ 1108. Master: appointment, duties

The Judges may appoint, commission and set the salaries of a member or members of the bar of Kent and Sussex Counties to act as masters in the Court, all of whom shall hold office at the pleasure of the Judge.

When requested by the Judge, a master may hear, in the first instance, any case, cause or matter properly before him, and may order the issuance of legal process to compel the attendance of necessary parties and witnesses.

Upon the conclusion of such hearing the master shall transmit to the Judge all papers relating to the case, together with his findings and recommendations in writing, notice in writing of which shall be given to the parties or to their attorneys; or in case the hearing shall relate to a child, then to the parent, guardian, custodian or next friend of the child, or to their attorney; or in case there be no parent, guardian, custodian, next friend or attorney for the child, then to a Probation Officer of the Juvenile Court of Kent and Sussex Counties.

In the event the findings and recommendations of the master, are confirmed by an order of the Judge, said order shall become the judgment of the Court with rights of appeal de novo to the Superior Court reserved to all parties. In the event the findings and recommendations of the master, are not confirmed by an order of the Judge the case shall be set down for review and hearing de novo by the Judge.

Section 2. Any Act or Acts inconsistent with this Act are to the extent of any such inconsistency repealed.

Approved October 1, 1959.