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FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 355

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 OF THE DELAWARE CODE TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF FAMILY COURT JUDGES TO 15 TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL FAMILY COURT JUDGES IN KENT COUNTY AND SUSSEX COUNTY.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend Section 906(b), Chapter 9, Title 10, Delaware Code by striking the same in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

“(b) The Court shall be composed of 15 judges of equal judicial authority. One judge shall be the Chief Judge and the remainder shall be Associate Judges. No more than a majority of the one judge shall be members of the same political party.”

Section 2. Amend Section 906(e), Chapter 9, Title 10, Delaware Code by striking Section 906(e) in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

“(e) All of the judges shall be residents of the State for a period of 5 years immediately prior to their appointment. The Chief Judge may reside in any county of the State. After appointment, 8 of the Associate Judges shall reside in New Castle County, 3 Associate Judges shall reside in Kent County, and 3 Associate Judges shall reside in Sussex County.”.

Section 3. This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1999.

Approved July 27,1999