633.20  Referee--clerk--associate probate judge.

1.  The court may appoint a referee in probate for the auditing of the accounts of fiduciaries and for the performance of other ministerial duties the court prescribes. A person shall not be appointed as referee in a matter where the person is acting as a fiduciary or as the attorney.

2.  The court may appoint the clerk as referee in probate. In such cases, the fees received by the clerk for serving in the capacity of referee are fees of the office of the clerk of court and shall be deposited in the account established under section 602.8108.

3.  The chief judge of a judicial district may appoint an associate probate judge and may remove the associate probate judge for cause following a hearing. The associate probate judge shall be an attorney admitted to practice law in this state and shall be qualified for the position by training and experience. The associate probate judge shall have jurisdiction to audit accounts of fiduciaries and to perform ministerial duties and judicial functions as the court prescribes.

Section History: Early form

  [C73, § 2412; C97, § 3393; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12041; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, § 638.1; C66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 633.20]

Section History: Recent form

  83 Acts, ch 186, § 10122, 10201; 93 Acts, ch 70, §11; 94 Acts, ch 1074, §11

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