Section 12-13-16

Preparation, etc., by probate judge, register, etc., of papers, documents, etc., to be heard, etc., by such judge or register.

No probate judge or his clerk or any register shall prepare or assist in the preparation of any paper, document or instrument which is to be heard or determined by such judge or register or which may become a subject of controversy before such judge or register, but such judge or his clerk may prepare or assist in the preparation of acknowledgments and proof of conveyances, affidavits, oath, affirmations or any instrument which by law is required to be prepared by such judge.

Any probate judge or his clerk or any register who shall prepare or assist in the preparation of any paper, document or instrument in violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall forfeit the sum of $300.00, one third to the use of the state and two thirds to the use of any person who may institute a civil action for the same; provided further, that any citizen of the county in which the violation may occur may institute a civil action, in his own name, for this penalty in the circuit court of said county.

(Code 1907, §§5423, 7467; Code 1923, §§5059, 9583; Acts 1931, No. 487, p. 592; Code 1940, T. 13, §287.)