Chapter 309

2007 -- H 5518

Enacted 07/06/07


A N  A C T



     Introduced By: Representatives Lally, Jackson, O`Neill, and Petrarca

     Date Introduced: February 27, 2007


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Section 8-10-7 of the General Laws in Chapter 8-10 entitled "Family Court"

is hereby amended to read as follows:


     8-10-7. Family counselling service. -- Within the family court there shall be a family

counselling service, consisting of such personnel as the court shall deem necessary to assist the

court in advising and counselling the parties and whose qualifications shall be established by the

court. The justices of the family court or a majority of them shall be the appointing authority of

the family counselling personnel,. who shall be in the classified service. The court is specifically

authorized to make use of existing private and public family and other service agencies in the

functioning of the family counselling service. The family counselling service shall, where

desirable, possible, and practicable, make use of the counsel and advice of a member of the clergy

of the faith of each or all of the parties and shall, where desirable, possible, and practicable,

consult the clergy of the parish or congregation of each of the respective parties.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.