§ 122. Number of special judges in each judicial administrative district--Appointments--Vacanci...

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 20. CourtsEffective: [See Text Amendments] to June 30, 2024

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 20. Courts (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 4. District Courts (Refs & Annos)
Effective: [See Text Amendments] to June 30, 2024
20 Okl.St.Ann. § 122
§ 122. Number of special judges in each judicial administrative district--Appointments--Vacancies
The number of special judges that may be appointed in each judicial administrative district shall be determined as follows:
1. A special judge shall be appointed on the basis of one special judge for each county within the administrative district with a population of at least twenty-four thousand (24,000), as determined by the 1960 Federal Decennial Census. An additional special judge shall be appointed for each additional fifty thousand (50,000) in population in a county within the administrative district, as determined by the 1960 Federal Decennial Census. Such appointment may be made from any county in the administrative district. Such appointments shall be made by the district judges in their respective judicial administrative districts. Any judge of a special sessions court shall be one of the special judges for the balance of his term and shall be within the number prescribed for said district.
2. In addition to the special judges that may be appointed pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 1 of this section, there shall be:
a. one (1) special judge appointed in the Northwest-Panhandle Judicial Administrative District comprised of District Court Judicial Districts Numbers One (1), Two (2) and Four (4), to serve in Custer County;
b. one (1) special judge appointed in the Oklahoma-Canadian Counties Judicial Administrative District comprised of District Court Judicial District Number Seven (7);
c. three (3) special judges appointed in the Tulsa-Pawnee Counties Judicial Administrative District comprised of District Court Judicial District Number Fourteen (14);
d. beginning January 11, 1999, one (1) special judge appointed in the Northeastern Judicial Administrative District comprised of District Court Judicial Districts Numbers Ten (10), Eleven (11), Twelve (12) and Thirteen (13), to serve in Rogers County;
e. one (1) special judge appointed in the North Central Judicial Administrative District comprised of District Court Judicial District Numbers Eight (8), Nine (9) and Twenty-three (23), to serve in Lincoln and Pottawatomie Counties;
f. beginning January 1, 2006, one (1) special judge appointed in the East Central Judicial Administrative District comprised of District Court Judicial District Numbers Fifteen (15), Eighteen (18) and Twenty-four (24), to serve in Pittsburg and McIntosh Counties;
g. beginning January 1, 2006, one (1) special judge appointed in the Northeastern Judicial Administrative District comprised of District Court Judicial District Numbers Ten (10), Eleven (11), Twelve (12) and Thirteen (13), to serve in Washington County; and
h. beginning January 1, 2007, one (1) special judge appointed in the Southeastern Judicial Administrative District comprised of District Court Judicial District Numbers Sixteen (16), Seventeen (17), Nineteen (19), and Twenty-five (25), to serve in LeFlore County.
3. If a vacancy occurs in the office of associate district judge, or if an associate district judge becomes unable to perform the duties of his office, as determined by the presiding judge of the judicial administrative district, a special judge may be appointed within the judicial administrative district to hold office for the duration of said vacancy or incapacity. After the vacancy is filled, or after the associate district judge becomes able to perform the duties of his office, the special judge shall have the power to act in regard to any case which he has already tried, but the presiding judge of the judicial administrative district may transfer such a case to any other judge in the judicial administrative district.
4. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court may authorize the appointment of such additional special judges as may be necessary for the proper administration of justice. Such additional special judges shall be appointed after application by a majority of the district judges of a judicial administrative district, stating the reason why an additional special judge is needed. Such additional judges need not be based upon population figures.

Credits

Laws 1968, c. 350, § 1, eff. Jan. 13, 1969; Laws 1970, c. 285, § 1, emerg. eff. April 27, 1970; Laws 1985, c. 320, § 4, emerg. eff. July 29, 1985; Laws 1992, c. 335, § 27, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1998, c. 383, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1998; Laws 2005, c. 343, § 8, eff. July 1, 2005; Laws 2006, 2nd Ex.Sess., c. 35, § 5.
20 Okl. St. Ann. § 122, OK ST T. 20 § 122
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024) effective as of July 1, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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