39.1. Notwithstanding section 39, a judge of a municipal court that has been abolished who has not been appointed to another municipal court shall retain the status of municipal judge solely for the purpose of sitting as an acting judge pursuant to section 41 or 42 or as a deputy judge pursuant to section 46 on the court to which the judge was designated before the abolition or for the purpose of being temporarily assigned to a municipal court in accordance with section 46.1. Failing such a designation, the chief judge, having regard to the requirements of the proper administration of justice and of the efficient management of the public funds allocated therefor, shall, by preference, designate the judge as an acting or deputy judge of a municipal court or temporarily assign the judge to a municipal court. The chief judge may not revoke the designation of a deputy judge until the judge is appointed to another municipal court.
1998, c. 30, s. 8; 2002, c. 21, s. 11.