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manner as in the case of a vacancy in the office of judge of the circuit court.

Sec. 23. If the election of judge of said criminal court be contested, the contest shall be heard, tried and determined in the same manner as the election of judges of the circuit court are contested.

Sec. 24. The judge of said criminal court may be removed from office for the same reasons and in the same manner as judges of the circuit court.

Sec. 25. In the taxation of costs in said court, the clerk and the court shall be governed by the same rules and provisions of law as is provided in the circuit court.

Sec. 26. Sections ten, eleven and twelve of chapter one hundred and fourteen of the code of West Virginia shall apply to criminal court of Raleigh county, in the same manner and to the same extent as they do to the circuit courts of the state.

Sec. 27. Chapter one hundred and fifty-six of the code of West Virginia shall apply to the criminal court of Raleigh county, and the judge thereof in vacation, in the same manner and to the same extent that it does to the circuit court of Raleigh county, or the judge thereof in vacation, and the same powers may be exercised within the county of Raleigh by said criminal court and the judge thereof in vacation, concurrent with the circuit court of said county as provided for in said chapter. All examinations, recognizances, warrants or commitment and certificates or other proceedings made returnable to the circuit court of Raleigh county, under the provisions of said chapter one hundred and fifty-six may be made returnable likewise to the said criminal court of Raleigh county, concurrent with the circuit court of Raleigh county.

Sec. 28. The criminal court of Raleigh county, and the judge thereof in vacation shall, concurrent with the supreme court of appeals, or the circuit court of said county, or any judge of either court, in vacation, grant the writ of habeas corpus ad subjiciendum as provided in chapter one hundred and eleven of the code of West Virginia, and all of the provisions of said chapter shall be applicable thereof, and the same shall be governed as therein provided.

Sec. 29. The prosecuting attorney of Raleigh county shall attend the terms of said criminal court, either by himself or his assistant, and perform the duties of his office as required by section six of chapter one hundred and twenty of the code, and for the compensation therein stated and provided.

Sec. 30. Sections forty-one, forty-two and forty-three of chapter forty-one of the code of West Virginia, shall apply to the criminal court of Raleigh county and the judge thereof, in the same manner and to the same extent as they do to the circuit court of Raleigh county and the judge thereof.

Sec. 31. The West Virginia reports and bound acts of the legislature are to be delivered to the said judge of the criminal court in the same manner as they are required to be delivered to the circuit courts of the state.

Sec. 32. The judge of said criminal court shall have the authority to employ shorthand reporters at his discretion, and to prescribe their duties under the law as it now is, or may be hereafter changed; and to certify and provide for the payment of their services out of the public funds as is provided by law; and all the laws of said state relating to the employment of such shorthand reporters by the judges of circuit courts shall apply to the judge of said criminal court established by this act.

CHAPTER 30.

(Senate Bill No. 66.)

AN ACT to amend and re-enact section eight of chapter twenty

two of the acts of the legislature of West Virginia, passed February twenty-sixth, one thousand nine hundred and three, entitled “An act fixing the time for holding the circuit courts in each county of the several judicial circuits of the state," as amended and re-enacted by section eight of chapter eighty-four of the act of the legislature of West Virginia, passed January thirtieth, one thousaid nine hundred and five.

[Passed January 21, 1907.

In effect from passage.

January 26, 1907.)

Approved by the Governor,

SEC. 8. Beginning of Terms of circuit courts in each county composing the seventh

circuit of the state.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That section eight of chapter twenty-two of the acts of the legislature of one thousand nine hundred and three entitled “An act fixing the time for holding the circuit courts in each county of the several judicial circuits of the state," as amended and re-enacted by section eight of chapter eighty-four pf the acts of the legislature of one thousand nine hundred and five, be amended and re-enacted so as to read as follows:

Seventh Circuit.

Sec. 8. For the county of Boone on the second Monday in January, second Monday in April, second Monday in July and the second Monday in October.

For the county of Logan on the fourth Monday in January, fourth Monday in April, fourth Monday in July and the fourth Monday in October.

For the county of Wayne on the second Monday in February, second Monday in May, second Monday in August and the second Monday in November.

For the county of Mingo on the first Monday in March, first Monday in June, first Monday in September and the first Monday in December.

CHAPTER 31.

(Senate Bill No. 31.)

AN ACT to authorize any county to fund at a lower rate of inter

est or on better terms, the outstanding bonds of said county, or any part thereof.

(Passed February 12, 1907, In effect ninety days from passage.

Governor, February 19, 1907.)

Approved by the

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

Sec. 1. That any county in this state having a bonded debt is hereby authorized to refund such debt by issuing bonds of such county, registered or coupon, at a lower rate of interest than that borne by the bonds to be refunded, such refunding bonds to be in form prescribed by the county court of the county issuing the same, and of the denomination of one hundred dollars or multi

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ple thereof and payable at such time as may be deemed to the best interests of such county, not to exceed thirty years after the same are issued.

Sec. 2. The bonds issued under section one, if so provided on the face thereof by the court in issuing the same, shall be exempt from assessment for county, district or municipal levies, and the coupons thereof receivable for all county or district levies and assessments, claims or demands due to the county issuing the same.

Sec. 3. The county court of such county is hereby authorized to appoint an agent whose compensation shall not exceed one-third of one per cent, who after executing bond in such penalty and with such conditions as said court may prescribe, shall sell said bonds at not less than par and accrued interest to the highest bidder, after advertising the issue of said bonds in any newspaper of general circulation in such county, as the county court may designate, for a period of not less than four weeks, and with such proceeds of sale pay off and redeem any of the outstanding bonds of such county therefore issued; said agents shall also be authorized to exchange any of the bonds issued under the authority of this act for any bonds outstanding and to be refunded as aforesaid.

Sec. 4. Nothing in this act contained shall authorize any increase of the bonded debt of any county; nor shall the bonds issued under this act or the proceeds of sale thereof be used or applied to any other purpose than the payment and redemption of the outstanding bonds of such county theretofore issued and having a higher rate of interest.

Sec. 5. The county court of any county issuing bonds under this act shall have the power to lay a levy sufficient to raise a sinking fund to be used exclusively to liquidate said bonded indebtedness against the maturity thereof.

Sec. 6. Before any such bonds are issued the same shall be authorized by a three-fifths vote of the voters of the county, voting upon the question, to be ascertained at any general election or by a special election to be called and held in the county.

Sec. 7. The county court of any county shall by a resolution entered of record, specify the particular purpose or purposes, and amount for which said bonds are to be issued and the rate of interest said bonds shall bear, not exceeding six per centum per annum; said resolution shall appoint a day on which the election shall be held by the qualified voters of the county, if a special election is to be held, to decide whether or not said bonds shall be issued; such resolution shall be published in two newspapers of opposite political parties, if such be published in the county; if not, then in some newspaper of general circulation in the county, for at least four weeks prior to said election.

Sec. 8. Such election shall be provided for, conducted and the result ascertained and declared as provided by law for holding and ascertaining and declaring the result of general elections, and the ballots to be voted at such election, afrer containing a statement of the amount and kind of bonds to be issued and the purpose or purposes for which they are to be used, shall contain the words, "for the bonds,” and the words against the bonds."

CHAPTER 32.

(Senate Bill No. 207.)

AN ACT fixing the number of terms and time for holding the cir.

cuit courts in each county of the second, third, fifth, eighth, eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth judicial circuits of the state.

{Passed February 22, 1907. In effect ninety days from passage. Approved by the

Governor, February 25, 1907..]

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

Sec. 1. There shall be held in each year at least three terms of the circuit courts for the several counties of the second, third, fifth, eighth, eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth judicial circuits, excepting in the counties of Roane, Calhoun and Mason of the fifth circuit and the

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