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precinct nine, a precinct lying partly within the city of Florala a city having more than fifteen hundred inhabitants, in Covington County, Alabama, an inferior court of law in lieu of all justices of the peace and notaries public with the powers of justices of the peace in said precinct, which court shall be known as the inferior court of Florala.
Section 2. Said court and the judge thereof shall have and exercise all the jurisdiction, power and authority, and shall perform all the duties that are now or may hereafter be conferred by law on justices of the peace in civil and criminal cases, and such preliminary jurisdiction as is now or may hereafter be conferred by law on justices of the peace.
Section 3. In addition to the jurisdiction above conferred said court and the judge thereof shall have and exercise civil and criminal jurisdiction of justices of the peace in all cases where the defendant resides in Covington County.
Section 4. Said court shall conform to and be governed by the rules of practice and procedure that are now or may hereafter be made applicable to justices of the peace of this State.
Section 5. There shall be one judge for said court learned in the law, who shall be appointed by the Governor within twenty days after the passage and approval of this act, whose term of office shall be until the first Monday in February, 1927, and until his successor is appointed and qualified as herein provided; and thereafter the term of said judge shall be four years. On the first Monday in February, 1927, and every four years thereafter a judge of said inferior court of Florala shall be appointed by the Governor whose term of office shall be as herein prescribed. The judge of said court before entering upon the discharge of the duties of his office, must take the oath of office required by law to be taken by justices of the peace of this State and enter into bond with sureties in the sum of two thousand dollars conditioned as in case of justice of the peace which oath and bond must be filed and recorded in the office of the judge of probate in Covington County, Ala.
Section 6. Said judge shall have and exercise the same powers that are now conferred by law on justices of the peace or may hereafter be conferred on justices of the peace; he shall have the right to solemnize the rights of matrimony, administer affidavits or oaths, take acknowledgments of deeds and mortgages and take recognizances.
Section 7. The judge of said court shall at the time of his appointment be learned in the law, at least twenty-five years of age and shall have resided in the precinct at least twelve months preceding his appointment. Vacancies in the office of said judge shall be filled by appointment by the Governor whose
term of office shall be until his successor is appointed and qualified.
Section 8. Appeals may be taken from said court in like manner as appeals are now taken from the justice courts to the circuit courts of this State and there tried, de novo.
Section 9. The said judge must keep civil and criminal dockets of all cases in said court as now provided by law for justices of the peace, provided said dockets shall also show an itemized statement of all costs, fees and fines due and collected, and said judge shall make a complete statement of all costs, fees, fines and forfeitures due and collected and quarterly report the same to the probate judge of Covington County. Said judge shall sign and issue all summons and complaints, writs, executions and other process, make out transcripts and perform all other duties that may be necessary to maintain the jurisdiction and authority of the said inferior court.
Section 10. It is the duty of the County Commissioners Court of Covington County to provide a suitable court room in which to hold said court, and the necessary stationery out of the moneys paid into the county treasury by the judge of said court under the provisions of this act, not to exceed the sum of twenty-five dollars per month for the rent of said court room including stationery.
Section 11. The fees and costs of said court shall be the same as are now allowed by law to justices court of this State and shall be collected by the judge of said court. All of the costs and fees so collected by him shall be paid into the treasury of Covington County once in every month.
Section 12. The judgments and decrees of this court may be registered and shall be a lien on the property of defendant as provided in article 9 of the Civil Code, sections 4156-7-8-9.
Section 13. All fines and forfeitures collected by the judge of said court must be paid into the treasury of Covington County once in each month. The money paid into the treasury of Covington County by the judge of said court must be kept apart from the other funds of said county, and known as "the fund of the inferior Court of Florala."
Section 14. The judge of said court shall receive a salary of nine hundred dollars per annum, payable monthly upon the warrant drawn on the county treasurer of Covington County by the probate judge of Covington County.
Section 15. It shall be the duty of the grand jury of said county whenever they deem it. necessary to make an examination of all the books and papers of said judge, and they shall have authority to summons such witnesses before them and examine the same as may be necessary to make a thorough examination of the books and papers of the judge of said court and report the condition of their findings to the judge of the circuit court of said county.
Section 16. The judge of said court may be impeached or removed from office in the same manner and under the same procedure as justices of the peace of this State are now removed or impeached, or hereafter may be provided for their removal or impeachment.
Section 17. In the absence or disability of the judge of said Court, the probate judge of said county shall appoint a judge of said court to serve until the return of said judge or during his disability, who shall be paid the sum of two and one-half dollars per day as the judge of said court is paid out of the county treasury and said amount deducted from the salary of the judge.
Section 18. The offices of the justice of the peace and notaries public exercising jurisdiction of justices of the peace in said precinct nine are hereby abolished to take effect upon the appointment and qualification of the judge of said inferior court. As soon as the judge of said court is qualified under the provisions of this act, all the justices of the peace and notaries public who are ex-officio justices of the peace in said precinct, shall deliver their dockets, official papers and records of all kinds of their respective offices, to the judge of the court hereby established and all causes pending in said courts shall be by such delivery, transferred to the court hereby established and execution and other appropriate process for the collection and enforcement of the judgments of said court may be issued by the court hereby established, including execution for cost in any cause accrued before said transfer, the judge of the court hereby established shall pay said costs to the persons hereby entitled to the same.
Section 19. The constable of precinct nine and the sheriff of Covington County shall be officers of said court and they are authorized and it is hereby made their duty to execute and make due return thereof of all processes issued out of said court, and they shall be entitled to receive the same fees and compensations as now or hereafter may be allowed for like services.
Section 20. The commissioners court of said county is hereby authorized at any time to transfer any money in the county treasury to the credit of the inferior court of Florala to the general fund of the county, or they may transfer any sum of money from the general fund to the fund of the inferior court of Florala.
Section 21. Any judge who fails to comply with the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars.
Section 22. The judge of said court shall be liable to the same fines and penalties as justices of the peace are subject to, for a failure to perform the duties required of justices of the peace.
Section 23. That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with the provisions of this act, be, and the same are hereby repealed.
Approved August 22, 1923.
(H. 302. Howard.
To Alter and Rearrange The Boundary Lines Of The City Of Sylacauga,
Alabama, And To Describe The Area Included In Such Boundary Lines
Be it enacted by the Legislature of Alabama:
Section 1. That the boundary lines of the City of Sylacauga, in the County of Talladega, State of Alabama, be altered and rearranged so that the City of Sylacauga shall include in its corporate limits the territory described as follows, to-wit: The Southeast quarter of the Southeast quarter of Section Twenty, Township Twenty-one, Range Four, East, Southwest quarter of the Southwest quarter of Section Twenty-one, Township Twenty-one, Range Four, East, West half of the West half of Section Twenty-eight, Township Twenty-one, Range Four, East, and all of Section Twenty-nine, Township Twenty-one, Range Four, East, the Southeast quarter of the Northeast quarter and the East half of the Southeast quarter of Section 30, Township 21, Range 4 East, the East half of the Northeast quarter and the Northeast quarter of the Southeast quarter of Section 31, Township 21, Range 4, East, the North half and the North half of the South half of Section 32, Township 21, Range 4, East; the West half of the Northwest quarter, the Northwest quarter of Northwest quarter of Section 33, Township 21, Range 4, East, provided of such above described territory there is excepted and excluded therefrom the following portion of said Section 29, Township 21, Range 4, East, to-wit: Beginning at the Northwest corner of said Section 29 and being the Northwest corner of said present corporate limits of the City of Sylacauga and running in a Southeasterly direction along the Northern or Eastern side of the right-of-way of the Central of Georgia Railroad until it reaches the quarter section line which divides the N W 14 of the N W 1/4 and the S W 14 of the N W 1/4 of Section 29, thence in an Easterly direction to the Southeast corner of the NW 14
of the N W 14 of Section 29 thence North along the west side of the N W 14 of the N W 14 of Section 29 to within 250 feet of the North section line of Section 29, thence East 660 feet parallel with the North section line of Section 29 thence North 250 feet to the section line, also all that portion of the N W 14 of the N W 14 of Section 29 lying North and West of the railroad together with all of blocks 129, 130, and 131 according to the original map and plan of the Marble City Land and Furnace Company of the town of Sylacauga on record in the office of the Judge of Probate in Talladega County, Alabama, in plat book 1, page 34.
Section 2. This said Act shall take effect from its passage and approval by the Governor.
Approved August 24, 1923.
To Repeal An Act, "Entitled An Act, To Make Township 17, Range 16
In Autauga County, a separate School District, Approved February 17th, 1885.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of Alabama:
Section 1. That an Act, Entitled an Act to make Township 17, Range 16 in Autauga County a separate School District, approved February 17th, 1885 be and the same is hereby repealed.
Section 2. That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Bill be and the same are hereby repealed.
Section 3. That this Bill shall take effect immediately upon its passage and approval by the Governor.
Approved August 25, 1923.
(H. 488. Rountree.
To establish an inferior court in Precinct 36 in Dallas County, Alabama
in lieu of all justices of the peace, notaries public with powers of justices of peace, in said precinct, and to define the jurisdiction and powers of said court, and the powers, disabilities and duties of judge thereof, to provide for the execution of the process of said court and the operation thereof, to regulate the procedure in said court, and the appeals therefrom to provide for the appointment of the first judge and the election of succeeding judges, to fix the qualifications, and compensation of said judge and the mode of his election, to pro