Another issue being looked at by the magistrates is the possible return of their case files.
About a year ago, Bloom, who then was serving as chief judge, issued an order requiring all magistrate case files to be kept in the magistrate clerk's office.
This was to ensure the files were available to all other magistrates and the public if needed, Bloom said.
Bloom pointed out that all of the circuit court judges agreed that the files should be kept in the magistrate clerk's office. The state Supreme Court was also consulted before the order was given, Bloom said.
"I am most adamantly opposed to this," he said.
Pauley believes moving the files back into individual magistrate offices would help them work more efficiently.
For example, magistrates must wait on motions to be sent from the clerk's office under the current system. Those motions would be handed directly to the magistrate if the files were placed back in their hands.
"And then we could act on them right then," Pauley said.
However, Bloom said there have been times when the files in the magistrates' offices were not available to members of the public or other officials when needed.
There was actually a case where a magistrate was placed on leave and officials could obtain the files only by breaking a lock on a filing cabinet in the official's office.
Bloom refused to specifically identify the magistrate. However, the high court suspended former magistrate Carol Fouty without pay in April 2012 for unethical behavior.
She resigned in August amid the accusations.
Pauley was unsure exactly when the proposals would be placed before Bailey. The magistrates will meet to discuss the issues within the next two weeks, he said.
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