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Texas Laws | Government Code
GOVERNMENT CODE
TITLE 2. JUDICIAL BRANCH

(c) A justice of the peace may command the sheriff or constable to immediately summon additional persons for jury service in the justice court if the number of qualified jurors, including persons summoned under Section 62.016, is less than the number necessary for the justice court to conduct its proceedings. (14704)

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 838, Sec. 2, eff. June 18, 1999. (14705)

Amended by: (14706)

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 141 (S.B. 1274), Sec. 1, eff. May 23, 2009. (14707)

SUBCHAPTER F. MUNICIPAL COURT JURIES (14708)(Text)
Sec. 62.501. QUALIFICATION. (14709)(Text)

To be eligible to serve on a jury of a municipal court, including a municipal court of record, a person must be resident of the municipality for which the court is established. (14710)

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. (14711)

SUBTITLE F. COURT ADMINISTRATION (14712)(Text)

CHAPTER 71. TEXAS JUDICIAL COUNCIL (14713)(Text)
Sec. 71.001. DEFINITIONS. (14714)(Text)

In this chapter: (14715)

(1) "Chair" means the chair of the council. (14716)

(2) "Council" means the Texas Judicial Council. (14717)

(3) "Defendant" means a person accused of a crime or juvenile offense, as those terms are defined by Section 79.001. (14718)

(4) "Public defender's office" has the meaning assigned by Article 26.044(a), Code of Criminal Procedure. (14719)

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1408, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 906, Sec. 12, eff. Jan. 1, 2002. (14720)

Amended by: (14721)

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 1265), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007. (14722)

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 984 (H.B. 1754), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011. (14723)

SUBCHAPTER B. ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS (14724)(Text)
Sec. 71.011. NUMBER AND CLASSES OF MEMBERS. (14725)(Text)

The Texas Judicial Council is an agency of the state composed of 16 ex officio and six appointive members. (14726)

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1408, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (14727)

Sec. 71.012. EX OFFICIO MEMBERS. (14728)(Text)

The ex officio members are: (14729)

(1) the chief justice of the supreme court; (14730)

(2) the presiding judge of the court of criminal appeals; (14731)

(3) two members of the senate, appointed by the lieutenant governor; (14732)

(4) the chair of the House Judicial Affairs Committee; (14733)

(5) one member of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house; (14734)

(6) two justices of the courts of appeals designated by the chief justice of the supreme court; (14735)

(7) two district judges designated by the chief justice of the supreme court; (14736)

(8) two judges of county courts, statutory county, or statutory probate courts designated by the chief justice of the supreme court; (14737)

(9) two justices of the peace designated by the chief justice of the supreme court; and (14738)

(10) two municipal court judges designated by the chief justice of the supreme court. (14739)

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.44(13), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1408, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1328, Sec. 2, eff. June 21, 2003. (14740)

Sec. 71.013. TERMS OF EX OFFICIO MEMBERS; DELEGATION OF FUNCTIONS. (14741)(Text)

(a) The chief justice of the supreme court and the presiding judge of the court of criminal appeals are members of the council as long as they hold those offices. (14742)

(b) Except as provided by Subsection (a), all members of the judiciary appointed to the council serve staggered terms of four years with the term of one member from each judicial group expiring on February 1 of each odd-numbered year. (14743)

(c) A legislative member whose membership in the legislature ceases continues as a member of the council at the pleasure of the appointing authority. (14744)

(d) A vacancy in a judicial membership must be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment. (14745)

(e) A judicial or legislative member of the council serves until his successor is chosen and has qualified. (14746)

(f) The chief justice of the supreme court and the presiding judge of the court of criminal appeals may each designate a member of his court to act in his stead under this chapter. The designated person serves at the will of the official who chose him for service. (14747)

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.44(14), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1408, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (14748)

Sec. 71.014. CITIZEN MEMBERS. (14749)(Text)

(a) The governor shall appoint the six citizen members on the council. (14750)

(b) A citizen member must be a resident citizen of the state. Three of the six citizen members must be members of the State Bar of Texas and two must be persons who are not licensed to practice law. (14751)

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1408, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (14752)

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