Texas Government Code

As effective September 1, 2019

Subtitle A

Chapter 21

Sec. 21.001: Inherent Power and Duty of Courts

(a) A court has all powers necessary for the exercise of its jurisdiction and the enforcement of its lawful orders, including authority to issue the writs and orders necessary or proper in aid of its jurisdiction.

(b) A court shall require that proceedings be conducted with dignity and in an orderly and expeditious manner and control the proceedings so that justice is done.

(c) During a court proceeding a judge may not request that a person remove an item of religious apparel unless:

(1) a party in the proceeding objects to the wearing of the apparel; and

(2) the judge concludes that the wearing of the apparel will interfere with:

(A) the objecting party's right to a fair hearing; or

(B) the proper administration of justice; and

(3) no reasonable alternative exists under which the judge may:

(A) assure a fair hearing; and

(B) protect the fair administration of justice.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 54, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 21.002: Contempt of Court

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (g), a court may punish for contempt.

(b) The punishment for contempt of a court other than a justice court or municipal court is a fine of not more than $500 or confinement in the county jail for not more than six months, or both such a fine and confinement in jail.

(c) The punishment for contempt of a justice court or municipal court is a fine of not more than $100 or confinement in the county or city jail for not more than three days, or both such a fine and confinement in jail.

(d) An officer of a court who is held in contempt by a trial court shall, on proper motion filed in the offended court, be released on his own personal recognizance pending a determination of his guilt or innocence. The presiding judge of the administrative judicial region in which the alleged contempt occurred shall assign a judge who is subject to assignment by the presiding judge other than the judge of the offended court to determine the guilt or innocence of the officer of the court.

(e) Except as provided by Subsection (h), this section does not affect a court's power to confine a contemner to compel the contemner to obey a court order.

(f) Article 42.033, Code of Criminal Procedure, and Chapter 157, Family Code, apply when a person is punished by confinement for contempt of court for disobedience of a court order to make periodic payments for the support of a child. Subsection (h) does not apply to that person.

(g) A court may not punish by contempt an employee or an agency or institution of this state for failure to initiate any program or to perform a statutory duty related to that program:

(1) if the legislature has not specifically and adequately funded the program; or

(2) until a reasonable time has passed to allow implementation of a program specifically and adequately funded by the legislature.

(h) Notwithstanding any other law, a person may not be confined for contempt of court longer than:

(1) 18 months, including three or more periods of confinement for contempt arising out of the same matter that equal a cumulative total of 18 months, if the confinement is for criminal contempt; or

(2) the lesser of 18 months or the period from the date of confinement to the date the person complies with the court order that was the basis of the finding of contempt, if the confinement is for civil contempt.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.44(1), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 560, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 646, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 25, Sec. 34, eff. Nov. 1, 1989; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 262, Sec. 87, eff. Jan. 1, 1996; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 7.24, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1297, Sec. 71(4), eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 425 Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003.

Sec. 21.004: State of Judiciary Message

(a) At a convenient time at the commencement of each regular session of the legislature, the chief justice of the supreme court shall deliver a written or oral state of the judiciary message evaluating the accessibility of the courts to the citizens of the state and the future directions and needs of the courts of the state.

(b) It is the intent of the legislature that the state of the judiciary message promote better understanding between the legislative and judicial branches of government and promote more efficient administration of justice in Texas.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 129, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 21.005: Disqualification

A judge or a justice of the peace may not sit in a case if either of the parties is related to him by affinity or consanguinity within the third degree, as determined under Chapter 573.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.01(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 561, Sec. 21, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.95(28), eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Sec. 21.006: Judicial Fund

The judicial fund is created in a separate fund in the state treasury to be administered by the comptroller. The fund shall be used only for court-related purposes for the support of the judicial branch of this state.

Comments

Added by Acts 1986, 69th Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 11, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 22, 1986.

Sec. 21.007: Child Support and Court Management Account

(a) The presiding judges of the administrative judicial regions shall administer the child support and court management account of the judicial fund and may name the committees they consider necessary to aid in administering the account.

(b) Only the chief justice may call and convene meetings of the presiding judges to administer the account. The presiding judges shall act by majority vote.

(c) On request of the presiding judges, the Office of Court Administration shall assist the presiding judges in administering the account.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1312, Sec. 99(11), eff. September 1, 2013.

(e) A county commissioners court, statutory county court judge, district judge, or court clerk may apply to the presiding judges for funds from the account. After receiving an application, the presiding judges may conduct an on-site assessment of the needs of the applicant. Before acting on any other pending applications, the presiding judges shall act on applications for funds to employ a court master and other judicial employees or to purchase equipment necessary to comply with state or federal law relating to the Child Support Enforcement Amendments of 1984 (P.L. 98-378). All funds expended are subject to audit by the comptroller of public accounts and the state auditor. Funds shall be allocated among the various administrative judicial regions taking into consideration the intent of the legislature that the amount of federal funds available under the Title IV-D program of the Social Security Act, as amended, for the collection and enforcement of child support obligations shall be maximized. The presiding judges are given the power to contract with the Office of the Attorney General and local political subdivisions as may be necessary to achieve this intent.

(f) After approval of an application by the presiding judges, the applicant may be directly reimbursed by the comptroller from the child support and court management account for expenses incurred pursuant to the approved application in accordance with this Act. A person paid from funds drawn on the account is an employee of the county, and that person's salary may be supplemented from other sources, including local or federal funds and public or private grants. Funds allocated for personnel may not be used to pay the salary of a district or statutory county court judge. Funds allocated for personnel may be used to pay in full or in part the salary of an employee, to supplement the salary of an existing employee, or to hire additional personnel. The presiding judges and the Office of Court Administration shall cooperate with any state or federal agency to provide for the fullest possible supplementation of the account and shall act as necessary to qualify account funds for any federal matching funds or reimbursement of funds available under the Title IV-D program administered by the attorney general.

(g) It is the purpose of this section to increase the funds available for the collection and enforcement of child support obligations and the administration of justice in each county in this state and to provide funding to be used for court-related purposes for the support of the judicial branch of this state. Funds available from the judicial fund and its special account may be supplemented by local or federal funds and private or public grants. A county commissioners court may not reduce the amount of funds provided for these purposes because of the availability of funds from the judicial fund or the special account.

Comments

Text of section effective until January 01, 2020

Added by Acts 1986, 69th Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 11, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 22, 1986.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1312 (S.B. 59), Sec. 99(11), eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 346), Sec. 1.19(8), eff. January 1, 2020.

Sec. 21.008: District Court Support Account

(a) The district court support account of the judicial fund is created to be administered by the office of court administration as directed by the supreme court.

(b) The comptroller shall allocate to the district court support account such amounts from the judicial fund as may be designated in the General Appropriations Act.

(c) The district court support account may be used only for court-related purposes for the support of the district courts of this state to defray the salaries of support personnel and other expenses incurred in the operations of the courts, the necessary expenses of the administrative judicial regions, and for the administration of this section.

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(d) The State Board of Regional Judges is created to administer the funds appropriated to this account and to the child support and court management account of the judicial fund created by Section 21.007. The board shall be composed of the nine regional administrative judges of the state, who shall have the authority to organize, elect officers, and make such rules as may be necessary for the proper administration of these accounts.

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(d) The State Board of Regional Judges is created to administer the funds appropriated to this account. The board shall be composed of the nine regional administrative judges of the state, who shall have the authority to organize, elect officers, and make such rules as may be necessary for the proper administration of these accounts.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1312, Sec. 99(12), eff. September 1, 2013.

(f) Funds allocated for personnel may be used to pay in full or in part the salary of an employee, to supplement the salary of an existing employee, or to hire additional personnel.

(g) It is the purpose of this section to increase the funds available for the administration of justice in each county in this state and to provide funding to be used for court-related purposes for the support of the judicial branch of this state. Funds available from the judicial fund and its special account may be supplemented by local or federal funds and private or public grants. A county commissioners court may not reduce the amount of funds provided for these purposes because of the availability of funds from the judicial fund or the special account.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 674, Sec. 3.01, eff. Aug. 31, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 646, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1312 (S.B. 59), Sec. 99(12), eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 346), Sec. 4.07, eff. January 1, 2020.

Sec. 21.009: Definitions

In this title:

(1) "County court" means the court created in each county by Article V, Section 15, of the Texas Constitution.

(2) "Statutory county court" means a county court created by the legislature under Article V, Section 1, of the Texas Constitution, including county courts at law, county criminal courts, county criminal courts of appeals, and county civil courts at law, but does not include statutory probate courts as defined by Chapter 22, Estates Code.

(3) "County judge" means the judge of the county court.

(4) "Statutory probate court" has the meaning assigned by Chapter 22, Estates Code.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.02, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Renumbered from Sec. 21.008 by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 16.01(18), eff. Aug. 28,1989. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 431, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 22.021, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 21.010: Financial Interest in Private Correctional and Rehabilitation Facilities Prohibited

(a) A justice or judge, as applicable, of the supreme court, the court of criminal appeals, a court of appeals, a district court, a county court, a county court at law, or a statutory probate court may not, on the date the person takes office as a justice or judge or while serving as a justice or judge, have a significant interest in a business entity that owns, manages, or operates:

(1) a community residential facility described by Section 508.119;

(2) a correctional or rehabilitation facility subject to Chapter 244, Local Government Code; or

(3) any other facility intended to accomplish a purpose or provide a service described by Section 508.119(a) to a person convicted of a misdemeanor or felony or found to have engaged in delinquent conduct who is housed in the facility:

(A) while serving a sentence of confinement following conviction of an offense or an adjudication of delinquent conduct; or

(B) as a condition of community supervision, probation, parole, or mandatory supervision.

(b) A justice or judge is considered to have a significant interest in a business entity described by Subsection (a) for purposes of this section if:

(1) the justice or judge owns any voting stock or share or has a direct investment in the business entity; or

(2) the justice or judge receives money from the business entity.

(c) A violation of this section by a justice or judge is considered a violation of Canon 4D(1), Code of Judicial Conduct. A justice or judge who has an interest in a business entity that is prohibited by this section must report the interest to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 221 (H.B. 62), Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2015.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 678 (H.B. 257), Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2017.

Sec. 21.011: Electronic Or Digital Signature

A judge or justice presiding over a court in this state may sign an electronic or digital court document, including an order, judgment, ruling, notice, commission, or precept, electronically, digitally, or through another secure method. The document signed in that manner is the official document issued by the court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1290 (H.B. 2302), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

Chapter 22

Subchapter A

Sec. 22.001: Jurisdiction

(a) The supreme court has appellate jurisdiction, except in criminal law matters, of an appealable order or judgment of the trial courts if the court determines that the appeal presents a question of law that is important to the jurisprudence of the state. The supreme court's jurisdiction does not include cases in which the jurisdiction of the court of appeals is made final by statute.

(b) A case over which the court has jurisdiction under Subsection (a) may be carried to the supreme court by petition for review.

(c) Except as provided by this subsection or other law, an appeal may be taken to the supreme court only if the appeal was first brought to the court of appeals. An appeal may be taken directly to the supreme court from an order of a trial court granting or denying an interlocutory or permanent injunction on the ground of the constitutionality of a statute of this state.

(d) The supreme court has the power, on affidavit or otherwise, as the court may determine, to ascertain the matters of fact that are necessary to the proper exercise of its jurisdiction.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(1), eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 1106, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 1987; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 204, Sec. 1.04, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(1), eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 22.002: Writ Power

(a) The supreme court or a justice of the supreme court may issue writs of procedendo and certiorari and all writs of quo warranto and mandamus agreeable to the principles of law regulating those writs, against a statutory county court judge, a statutory probate court judge, a district judge, a court of appeals or a justice of a court of appeals, or any officer of state government except the governor, the court of criminal appeals, or a judge of the court of criminal appeals.

(b) The supreme court or, in vacation, a justice of the supreme court may issue a writ of mandamus to compel a statutory county court judge, a statutory probate court judge, or a district judge to proceed to trial and judgment in a case.

(c) Only the supreme court has the authority to issue a writ of mandamus or injunction, or any other mandatory or compulsory writ or process, against any of the officers of the executive departments of the government of this state to order or compel the performance of a judicial, ministerial, or discretionary act or duty that, by state law, the officer or officers are authorized to perform.

(d) Repealed by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.03, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

(e) The supreme court or a justice of the supreme court, either in termtime or vacation, may issue a writ of habeas corpus when a person is restrained in his liberty by virtue of an order, process, or commitment issued by a court or judge on account of the violation of an order, judgment, or decree previously made, rendered, or entered by the court or judge in a civil case. Pending the hearing of an application for a writ of habeas corpus, the supreme court or a justice of the supreme court may admit to bail a person to whom the writ of habeas corpus may be so granted.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.03, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 355, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 2.01, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 22.003: Procedure of the Court

(a) The supreme court from time to time shall promulgate suitable rules, forms, and regulations for carrying into effect the provisions of this chapter relating to the jurisdiction and practice of the supreme court.

(b) The supreme court may make and enforce all necessary rules of practice and procedure, not inconsistent with the law, for the government of the supreme court and all other courts of the state to expedite the dispatch of business in those courts.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.0035: Modification Or Suspension of Certain Provisions Relating to Court Proceedings Affected By Disaster

(a) In this section, "disaster" has the meaning assigned by Section 418.004.

(b) Notwithstanding any other statute, the supreme court may modify or suspend procedures for the conduct of any court proceeding affected by a disaster during the pendency of a disaster declared by the governor. An order under this section may not extend for more than 90 days from the date the order was signed unless renewed by the chief justice of the supreme court.

(c) If a disaster prevents the supreme court from acting under Subsection (b), the chief justice of the supreme court may act on behalf of the supreme court under that subsection.

(d) If a disaster prevents the chief justice from acting under Subsection (c), the court of criminal appeals may act on behalf of the supreme court under Subsection (b).

(e) If a disaster prevents the court of criminal appeals from acting under Subsection (d), the presiding judge of the court of criminal appeals may act on behalf of the supreme court under Subsection (b).

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1280 (H.B. 1831), Sec. 5.01, eff. June 19, 2009.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1281 (H.B. 1861), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 1, eff. June 7, 2019.

Sec. 22.004: Rules of Civil Procedure

(a) The supreme court has the full rulemaking power in the practice and procedure in civil actions, except that its rules may not abridge, enlarge, or modify the substantive rights of a litigant.

(b) The supreme court from time to time may promulgate a specific rule or rules of civil procedure, or an amendment or amendments to a specific rule or rules, to be effective at the time the supreme court deems expedient in the interest of a proper administration of justice. The rules and amendments to rules remain in effect unless and until disapproved by the legislature. The clerk of the supreme court shall file with the secretary of state the rules or amendments to rules promulgated by the supreme court under this subsection and shall mail a copy of those rules or amendments to rules to each registered member of the State Bar of Texas not later than the 60th day before the date on which they become effective. On receiving a written request from a member of the legislature, the secretary of state shall provide the member with electronic notifications when the supreme court has promulgated rules or amendments to rules under this section.

(c) So that the supreme court has full rulemaking power in civil actions, a rule adopted by the supreme court repeals all conflicting laws and parts of laws governing practice and procedure in civil actions, but substantive law is not repealed. At the time the supreme court files a rule, the court shall file with the secretary of state a list of each article or section of general law or each part of an article or section of general law that is repealed or modified in any way. The list has the same weight and effect as a decision of the court.

(d) The rules of practice and procedure in civil actions shall be published in the official reports of the supreme court. The supreme court may adopt the method it deems expedient for the printing and distribution of the rules.

(e) This section does not affect the repeal of statutes repealed by Chapter 25, page 201, General Laws, Acts of the 46th Legislature, Regular Session, 1939, on September 1, 1941.

(f) The supreme court shall adopt rules governing the electronic filing of documents in civil cases in justice of the peace courts.

(g) The supreme court shall adopt rules to provide for the dismissal of causes of action that have no basis in law or fact on motion and without evidence. The rules shall provide that the motion to dismiss shall be granted or denied within 45 days of the filing of the motion to dismiss. The rules shall not apply to actions under the Family Code.

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(h) The supreme court shall adopt rules to promote the prompt, efficient, and cost-effective resolution of civil actions. The rules shall apply to civil actions in district courts, county courts at law, and statutory probate courts in which the amount in controversy, inclusive of all claims for damages of any kind, whether actual or exemplary, a penalty, attorney's fees, expenses, costs, interest, or any other type of damage of any kind, does not exceed $100,000. The rules shall address the need for lowering discovery costs in these actions and the procedure for ensuring that these actions will be expedited in the civil justice system. The supreme court may not adopt rules under this subsection that conflict with a provision of:

(1) Chapter 74, Civil Practice and Remedies Code;

(2) the Family Code;

(3) the Property Code; or

(4) the Tax Code.

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(h) The supreme court shall adopt rules to promote the prompt, efficient, and cost-effective resolution of civil actions. The rules shall apply to civil actions in district courts, county courts at law, and statutory probate courts in which the amount in controversy, inclusive of all claims for damages of any kind, whether actual or exemplary, a penalty, attorney's fees, expenses, costs, interest, or any other type of damage of any kind, does not exceed $100,000. The rules shall address the need for lowering discovery costs in these actions and the procedure for ensuring that these actions will be expedited in the civil justice system. The supreme court may not adopt rules under this subsection that conflict with other statutory law.

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(h-1) In addition to the rules adopted under Subsection (h), the supreme court shall adopt rules to promote the prompt, efficient, and cost-effective resolution of civil actions filed in county courts at law in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $250,000. The rules shall balance the need for lowering discovery costs in these actions against the complexity of and discovery needs in these actions. The supreme court may not adopt rules under this subsection that conflict with other statutory law.

(i) The supreme court shall adopt rules to provide that the right of an appellant under Section 6.001(b)(1), (2), or (3), Civil Practice and Remedies Code, to supersede a judgment or order on appeal is not subject to being counter-superseded under Rule 24.2(a)(3), Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, or any other rule. Counter-supersedeas shall remain available to parties in a lawsuit concerning a matter that was the basis of a contested case in an administrative enforcement action.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 297, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 644, Sec. 1, eff. June 13, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 63 (S.B. 237), Sec. 1, eff. May 11, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 203 (H.B. 274), Sec. 1.01, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 203 (H.B. 274), Sec. 2.01, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 906 (S.B. 791), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 868 (H.B. 2776), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 22.0041: Rules Regarding Foreign Law and Foreign Judgments in Certain Family Law Actions

(a) In this section:

(1) "Comity" means the recognition by a court of one jurisdiction of the laws and judicial decisions of a court of another jurisdiction.

(2) "Foreign judgment" means a judgment of a court, tribunal, or administrative adjudicator of a jurisdiction outside of the states and territories of the United States.

(3) "Foreign law" means a law, rule, or code of a jurisdiction outside of the states and territories of the United States.

(b) The supreme court shall adopt rules of evidence and procedure to implement the limitations on the granting of comity to a foreign judgment or an arbitration award involving a marriage relationship or a parent-child relationship under the Family Code to protect against violations of constitutional rights and public policy.

(c) The rules adopted under Subsection (b) must:

(1) require that any party who intends to seek enforcement of a judgment or an arbitration award based on foreign law that involves a marriage relationship or a parent-child relationship shall provide timely notice to the court and to each other party, including by providing information required by Rule 203, Texas Rules of Evidence, and by describing the court's authority to enforce or decide to enforce the judgment or award;

(2) require that any party who intends to oppose the enforcement of a judgment or an arbitration award based on foreign law that involves a marriage relationship or a parent-child relationship shall provide timely notice to the court and to each other party and include with the notice an explanation of the party's basis for opposition, including by stating whether the party asserts that the judgment or award violates constitutional rights or public policy;

(3) require a hearing on the record, after notice to the parties, to determine whether the proposed enforcement of a judgment or an arbitration award based on foreign law that involves a marriage relationship or a parent-child relationship violates constitutional rights or public policy;

(4) to facilitate appellate review, require that a court state its findings of fact and conclusions of law in a written order determining whether to enforce a foreign judgment or an arbitration award based on foreign law that involves a marriage relationship or a parent-child relationship;

(5) require that a court's determination under Subdivision (3) or (4) be made promptly so that the action may proceed expeditiously; and

(6) provide that a court may issue any orders the court considers necessary to preserve principles of comity or the freedom to contract for arbitration while protecting against violations of constitutional rights and public policy in the application of foreign law and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards.

(d) In addition to the rules required under Subsection (b), the supreme court shall adopt any other rules the supreme court considers necessary or advisable to accomplish the purposes of this section.

(e) A rule adopted under this section does not apply to an action brought under the International Child Abduction Remedies Act (22 U.S.C. Section 9001 et seq.).

(f) In the event of a conflict between a rule adopted under this section and a federal or state law, the federal or state law prevails.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 771 (H.B. 45), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 22.005: Disqualification of Justices

(a) The chief justice may certify to the governor when one or more justices of the supreme court have recused themselves under the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure or are disqualified under the constitution and laws of this state to hear and determine a case in the court.

(b) The governor immediately shall commission the requisite number of persons who are active appellate or district court justices or judges and who possess the qualifications prescribed for justices of the supreme court to try and determine the case.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 428, Sec. 1, eff. June 9, 1995.

Sec. 22.006: Adjournment

(a) The supreme court may adjourn from day to day or for the periods that it deems necessary to the ends of justice and the determination of the business before the court.

(b) A suit, process, or matter returned to or pending in the supreme court may not be discontinued because a quorum of the court is not present at the commencement or on any other day of the term. If a quorum of the court is not present on any day of the term, a justice of the court or the bailiff attending the court may adjourn the court from time to time.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.007: Petition for Review

(a) The supreme court may act on petitions for review when the court deems it expedient.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(2), eff. September 1, 2017.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(2), eff. September 1, 2017.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(2), eff. September 1, 2017.

(e) The granting of a petition for review admits the case into the supreme court, and the supreme court shall proceed with the case as provided by law. The denial or dismissal of a petition for review has the effect of denying the admission of the case into the supreme court, except that a motion for rehearing may be made in the same manner that a motion for rehearing to the supreme court is made in a case in which the court granted review. The denial or dismissal of a petition for review may not be regarded as a precedent or authority.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(2), eff. September 1, 2017.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(2), eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(2), eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 22.008: Publication of Decisions

(a) The supreme court shall appoint one or more licensed attorneys to serve at the will of the court and to report the decisions of the supreme court.

(b) The supreme court shall designate the cases to be reported and the reporter may report and publish only the designated cases. As soon as the cases are finally disposed of and the opinions are recorded, the reporter shall obtain from the proper clerk the records of the cases to be reported, with the briefs and opinions.

(c) Under the direction of the supreme court, the reporter shall promptly prepare the decisions for publication with appropriate syllabuses and statements, proper index, and table of cited cases and reported cases. Each report shall incorporate only the main propositions made in the briefs and considered by the court in the opinion, with the authorities cited in support of the propositions.

(d) The reporter shall return the record, with briefs and opinions, to the clerk when the report is completed and from time to time shall deliver the reports to the comptroller for publication. Each volume shall be copyrighted in the name of the reporter, who immediately on delivery of the edition shall transfer and assign it to the state. The edition shall be electrotyped. The state owns the plates, and the comptroller shall preserve them.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937 (H.B. 3560), Sec. 1.43, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 22.009: Stenographers; Bailiff

The supreme court may appoint not more than three stenographers and may appoint a bailiff to attend the court when it is sitting.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.010: Sealing of Court Records

The supreme court shall adopt rules establishing guidelines for the courts of this state to use in determining whether in the interest of justice the records in a civil case, including settlements, should be sealed.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 426, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 22.011: Judicial Instruction Related to Family Violence, Sexual Assault, Trafficking of Persons, and Child Abuse

(a) The supreme court shall provide judicial training related to the problems of family violence, sexual assault, trafficking of persons, and child abuse and to issues concerning sex offender characteristics.

(d) The instruction must include information about:

(1) statutory and case law relating to videotaping a child's testimony and relating to competency of children to testify;

(2) methods for eliminating the trauma to the child caused by the court process;

(3) case law, statutory law, and procedural rules relating to family violence, sexual assault, trafficking of persons, and child abuse;

(4) methods for providing protection for victims of family violence, sexual assault, trafficking of persons, or child abuse;

(5) available community and state resources for counseling and other aid to victims and to offenders;

(6) gender bias in the judicial process;

(7) dynamics and effects of being a victim of family violence, sexual assault, trafficking of persons, or child abuse; and

(8) issues concerning sex offender characteristics.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 795, Sec. 27, eff. Sept. 1, 1991. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 282, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 254, Sec. 1, eff. May 29, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 332 (H.B. 10), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 22.012: Training Related to Diversions

(a) Each attorney representing the state in the prosecution of felonies and each district court judge shall, as an official duty, each year complete a course of instruction related to the diversion of offenders from confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

(b) The supreme court shall adopt rules to provide for the training required by Subsection (a). In adopting the rules, the court shall consult with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to obtain the department's recommendations for instruction content.

(c) The instruction must include information relating to:

(1) case law, statutory law, and procedural rules relating to felony diversions; and

(2) available community and state resources for diversions.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 10, Sec. 11.09(a), eff. Aug. 29, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87 (S.B. 1969), Sec. 25.063, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 22.013: Judicial Instruction Related to Guardianship Issues

(a) The supreme court shall provide a course of instruction that relates to issues that arise in guardianship cases for judges involved in those cases.

(b) The supreme court shall adopt the rules necessary to accomplish the purposes of this section.

(c) The instruction must include information about:

(1) statutory and case law relating to guardianships;

(2) the aging process and the nature of disabilities;

(3) the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. Section 12101 et seq.) and related case and statutory law, rules, and compliance methods;

(4) the principles of equal access and accommodation;

(5) the use of community resources for the disabled; and

(6) avoidance of stereotypes through a focus on people's individual abilities, support needs, and inherent individual value.

(d) The instruction may include information about:

(1) substantive areas of law concerning the needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities;

(2) barriers to physical access and methods to overcome those barriers;

(3) communication needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities and the technology available to provide access to communication;

(4) duties and responsibilities of guardians, guardians ad litem, attorneys, and court personnel in guardianship proceedings;

(5) standard definitions and procedures for determining incapacity;

(6) standards for surrogate decision making;

(7) the doctrine of the least-restrictive alternative;

(8) the dispute resolution process, especially its application to elderly persons and persons with disabilities; and

(9) successful programs and funding efforts for addressing the court-related needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities.

Comments

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 905, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 22.0135: Judicial Guidance Related to Child Protective Services Cases and Juvenile Cases

(a) The supreme court, in conjunction with the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families, annually shall provide guidance to judges who preside over child protective services cases or juvenile cases to establish greater uniformity across the state for:

(1) in child protective services cases, issues related to:

(A) placement of children with severe mental health issues;

(B) changes in placement; and

(C) final termination of parental rights; and

(2) in juvenile cases, issues related to:

(A) placement of children with severe mental health issues;

(B) the release of children detained in juvenile detention facilities;

(C) certification of juveniles to stand trial as adults;

(D) a child's appearance before a court in a judicial proceeding, including the use of a restraint on the child and the clothing worn by the child during the proceeding; and

(E) commitment of children to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

(b) The supreme court shall adopt the rules necessary to accomplish the purposes of this section.

Comments

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 844 (H.B. 2737), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 22.014: Senior Justice Acting for Chief Justice

In the chief justice's absence, the justice with the most seniority on the supreme court may sign a court document for the chief justice if the chief justice has given that justice written authorization.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 356, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Sec. 22.015: Permanent Place Designations

(a) The supreme court is composed of a chief justice and of eight justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(b) The designation of offices and places under this section identifies the offices and places for all purposes, including identification on official ballots for primary and general elections.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 693, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 22.017: Grants By Commissions Established By Supreme Court

(a) In this section:

(1) "Children's commission" means the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families established by the supreme court.

(2) "Mental health commission" means the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health established by the supreme court.

(b) The children's commission shall develop and administer a program to provide grants from available funds for initiatives that will:

(1) improve well-being, safety, and permanency outcomes in child protection cases; or

(2) enhance due process for the parties or the timeliness of resolution in cases involving the welfare of a child.

(c) The children's commission may develop and administer a program to provide grants from available funds for:

(1) initiatives designed to prevent or minimize the involvement of children in the juvenile justice system or promote the rehabilitation of children involved in the juvenile justice system; and

(2) any other initiatives identified by the children's commission or the supreme court to improve the administration of justice for children.

(d) To be eligible for a grant administered by the children's commission under this section, a prospective recipient must:

(1) use the grant money to:

(A) improve well-being, safety, or permanency outcomes in child protection cases;

(B) enhance due process for the parties or the timeliness of resolution in cases involving the welfare of a child;

(C) prevent or minimize the involvement of children in the juvenile justice system or promote the rehabilitation of children involved in the juvenile justice system; or

(D) accomplish any other initiatives identified by the children's commission or the supreme court to improve the administration of justice for children; and

(2) apply for the grant in accordance with procedures developed by the children's commission and comply with any other requirements of the supreme court.

(e) The mental health commission may develop and administer a program to provide grants from available funds for initiatives that will improve the administration of justice for individuals with mental health needs or an intellectual or developmental disability.

(f) To be eligible for a grant administered by the mental health commission under this section, a prospective recipient must:

(1) use the grant money to improve the administration of justice for individuals with mental health needs or an intellectual or developmental disability; and

(2) apply for the grant in accordance with procedures developed by the mental health commission and comply with any other requirements of the supreme court.

(g) If the children's commission or the mental health commission awards a grant under this section, the commission administering the grant shall:

(1) direct the comptroller to distribute the grant money; and

(2) monitor the use of the grant money.

(h) The children's commission and the mental health commission may accept gifts, grants, and donations for purposes of this section.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 8.02, eff. January 1, 2012.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 12.01, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 22.018: Promulgation of Forms for Certain Expedited Foreclosure Proceedings

The supreme court shall promulgate the following forms for use in expedited foreclosure proceedings described by Section 50(r), Article XVI, Texas Constitution:

(1) a form for application for an expedited foreclosure proceeding;

(2) a form for a supporting affidavit; and

(3) a form for any court-required citation.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1044 (H.B. 2978), Sec. 3, eff. June 14, 2013.

Sec. 22.019: Promulgation of Certain Landlord-Tenant Forms

(a) The supreme court shall, as the court finds appropriate, promulgate forms for use by individuals representing themselves in residential landlord-tenant matters and instructions for the proper use of each form or set of forms.

(b) The forms and instructions must:

(1) be written in plain language that is easy to understand by the general public;

(2) clearly and conspicuously state that the form is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney;

(3) be made readily available to the general public in the manner prescribed by the supreme court; and

(4) be translated into the Spanish language, and the Spanish language translation of the form must either:

(A) state that the Spanish language-translated form is to be used solely for the purpose of assisting in understanding the form and may not be submitted to the court, and that the English version of the form must be submitted to the court; or

(B) be incorporated into the English language form in a manner that is understandable to both the court and members of the public.

(c) The clerk of a court shall inform members of the public of the availability of the form as appropriate and make the form available free of charge.

(d) A court shall accept a form promulgated by the supreme court under this section unless the form has been completed in a manner that causes a substantive defect that cannot be cured.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 600 (S.B. 478), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 22.020: Promulgation of Certain Probate Forms

(a) In this section:

(1) "Probate court" has the meaning assigned by Section 22.007, Estates Code.

(2) "Probate matter" has the meaning assigned by Section 22.029, Estates Code.

(3) "Transfer on death deed" has the meaning assigned by Section 114.002, Estates Code.

(b) The supreme court shall, as the court considers appropriate, promulgate:

(1) forms for use by individuals representing themselves in certain probate matters, including forms for use in:

(A) a small estate affidavit proceeding under Chapter 205, Estates Code; and

(B) the probate of a will as a muniment of title under Chapter 257, Estates Code;

(2) a simple will form for:

(A) a married individual with an adult child;

(B) a married individual with a minor child;

(C) a married individual with no children;

(D) an unmarried individual with an adult child;

(E) an unmarried individual with a minor child; and

(F) an unmarried individual with no children;

(2-a) a form for use to create a transfer on death deed and a form for use to create an instrument of revocation of a transfer on death deed under Chapter 114, Estates Code; and

(3) instructions for the proper use of each form or set of forms.

(c) The forms and instructions:

(1) must be written in plain language that is easy to understand by the general public;

(2) shall be made readily available to the general public in the manner prescribed by the supreme court; and

(3) must be translated into the Spanish language as provided by Subsection (d).

(d) The Spanish language translation of a form must:

(1) state:

(A) that the Spanish language translated form is to be used solely for the purpose of assisting in understanding the form and may not be submitted to the probate court; and

(B) that the English language version of the form must be submitted to the probate court; or

(2) be incorporated into the English language version of the form in a manner that is understandable to both the probate court and members of the general public.

(e) Each form and its instructions must clearly and conspicuously state that the form is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.

(f) The clerk of a probate court shall inform members of the general public of the availability of a form promulgated by the supreme court under this section as appropriate and make the form available free of charge.

(g) A probate court shall accept a form promulgated by the supreme court under this section unless the form has been completed in a manner that causes a substantive defect that cannot be cured.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 602 (S.B. 512), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 337 (S.B. 874), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 337 (S.B. 874), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 22.022: Judicial Instruction Related to Foreign Law and Foreign Judgments

(a) The supreme court shall provide for a course of instruction that relates to issues regarding foreign law, foreign judgments, and arbitration awards in relation to foreign law that arise in actions under the Family Code involving the marriage relationship and the parent-child relationship for judges involved in those actions.

(b) The course of instruction must include information about:

(1) the limits on comity and the freedom to contract for arbitration that protect against violations of constitutional rights and public policy in the application of foreign law and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards in actions brought under the Family Code; and

(2) the rules of evidence and procedure adopted under Section 22.0041.

(c) The supreme court shall adopt rules necessary to accomplish the purposes of this section.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 771 (H.B. 45), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2017.

Subchapter B

Sec. 22.101: Seal

(a) The court of criminal appeals shall use a seal on which there is engraved a star with five points and the words "Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas."

(b) The writs and processes issued from the court of criminal appeals shall bear the name of the presiding judge and the seal of the court.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.102: Mandate

When the court from which an appeal is taken is deprived of jurisdiction over the case pending the appeal and the case is determined by a court of appeals or the court of criminal appeals, the mandate of the appellate court that determined the case shall be directed to the court that had jurisdiction over the case, as also provided by Section 22.226.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.103: Ascertainment of Facts

The court of criminal appeals may ascertain, on affidavit or otherwise, the matters of fact that are necessary to the exercise of its jurisdiction.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.105: Disqualification

(a) The fact that a judge of the court of criminal appeals is disqualified under the constitution and laws of this state to hear and determine a case shall be certified to the governor.

(b) The governor immediately shall commission a person who is learned in the law to act in the place of the disqualified judge.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.106: Commissioners of Court of Criminal Appeals

(a) The presiding judge of the court of criminal appeals, with the concurrence of a majority of the judges of the court of criminal appeals, may designate and appoint a retired appellate judge or district judge who has consented to be subject to appointment, or an active appellate judge or district judge, to sit as a commissioner of the court of criminal appeals. A designated judge must consent to the designation and appointment. The presiding judge may designate and appoint as many commissioners as he deems necessary to aid the court in disposing of its business.

(b) A commissioner shall discharge the duties that are assigned him by the court and may be appointed to serve either for a certain period of time or for a particular case or cases.

(c) The opinions of a commissioner shall be submitted to the court of criminal appeals for approval. When approved by a majority of the court, an opinion of a commissioner has the same weight and legal effect as an opinion originally prepared by the court of criminal appeals.

(d) The compensation of a judge while sitting as a commissioner of the court of criminal appeals shall be paid out of money appropriated from the general revenue fund for that purpose in an amount equal to the salary of the judges of the court of criminal appeals and shall be in lieu of the retirement allowance that the judge receives or in lieu of the compensation he receives as an active judge of another court. In addition to the compensation, a judge sitting as a commissioner of the court is entitled to receive his actual travel expenses to and from Austin and a $25 per diem while he is assigned to the court of criminal appeals in Austin.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.107: Commission in Aid of Court of Criminal Appeals

(a) In addition to the authority granted by Section 22.106 of this code, the court of criminal appeals may appoint a commission for the aid of the court in disposing of the business before the court. The commission in aid of the court shall discharge the duties that are assigned it by the court of criminal appeals.

(b) The commission shall be composed of two attorneys having the qualifications fixed by the constitution and laws of this state for a judge of the court of criminal appeals. Commissioners serve two-year terms that expire September 1 of each odd-numbered year.

(c) The opinions of the commissioners in aid of the court shall be submitted to the court of criminal appeals for approval. When approved by a majority of the court and handed down as an opinion of the court, an opinion of a commissioner in aid of the court has the same weight and legal effect as an opinion originally prepared and handed down by the court of criminal appeals.

(d) Each member of the commission is entitled to receive for his services the salary that is provided by law.

(e) The court of criminal appeals by appointment may fill a vacancy on the commission in aid of the court that is created by the death, resignation, or removal of a member of the commission. A person appointed to fill a vacancy continues in office for the unexpired portion of the term for which the commissioner vacating the office was appointed.

(f) The court of criminal appeals shall appoint two stenographers for the commission.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.108: Rules of Appellate Procedure in Criminal Cases

(a) The court of criminal appeals is granted rulemaking power to promulgate rules of posttrial, appellate, and review procedure in criminal cases except that its rules may not abridge, enlarge, or modify the substantive rights of a litigant.

(b) The court of criminal appeals may promulgate a comprehensive body of rules of posttrial, appellate, and review procedure in criminal cases and from time to time may promulgate a specific rule or rules of posttrial, appellate, or review procedure in criminal cases or an amendment or amendments to a specific rule or rules. Rules and amendments adopted under this subsection are effective at the time the court of criminal appeals considers expedient in the interest of a proper administration of justice. The rules and amendments to rules remain in effect unless and until disapproved, modified, or changed by the legislature. The clerk of the court of criminal appeals shall file with the secretary of state the rules or amendments to rules promulgated by the court of criminal appeals under this subsection.

(c) The rules of posttrial, appellate, and review procedure in criminal cases shall be published in the Texas Register and in the Texas Bar Journal. The court of criminal appeals may adopt the method it considers expedient for the printing and distribution of the rules.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.04(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 297, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 22.109: Rules of Evidence in Criminal Cases

(a) The court of criminal appeals has the full rulemaking power in the promulgation of rules of evidence in the trials of criminal cases, except that its rules may not abridge, enlarge, or modify the substantive rights of a litigant.

(b) The court of criminal appeals may promulgate a comprehensive body of rules of evidence in the trials of criminal cases and from time to time may promulgate a specific rule or rules of evidence or an amendment or amendments to a specific rule or rules. Rules and amendments adopted under this subsection are effective at the time the court of criminal appeals considers expedient in the interest of a proper administration of justice. The rules and amendments to rules remain in effect unless and until disapproved by the legislature. The secretary of state shall report the rules or amendments to rules to the next regular session of the legislature by mailing a copy of the rules or amendments to rules to each elected member of the legislature on or before December 1 immediately preceding the session.

(c) The rules of evidence in the trials of criminal cases shall be published in the Texas Register and in the Texas Bar Journal. The court of criminal appeals may adopt the method it considers expedient for the printing and distribution of the rules.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.04(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 22.1095: Rules on Electronic Filing of Documents for Capital Cases in Court of Criminal Appeals

(a) Notwithstanding Subchapter I, Chapter 51, or any other law, the court of criminal appeals may adopt rules and procedures providing for and governing the electronic filing of briefs, pleadings, and other documents for capital cases in that court.

(b) In the adoption of rules and procedures under Subsection (a), the court of criminal appeals shall coordinate with the supreme court and the rules and procedures adopted by that court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 199 (H.B. 4314), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 22.110: Judicial Instruction Related to Family Violence, Sexual Assault, Trafficking of Persons, and Child Abuse and Neglect

(a) The court of criminal appeals shall assure that judicial training related to the problems of family violence, sexual assault, trafficking of persons, and child abuse and neglect is provided.

(b) The court of criminal appeals shall adopt the rules necessary to accomplish the purposes of this section. The rules must require each district judge, judge of a statutory county court, associate judge appointed under Chapter 54A of this code or Chapter 201, Family Code, master, referee, and magistrate to complete at least 12 hours of the training within the judge's first term of office or the judicial officer's first four years of service and provide a method for certification of completion of that training. At least four hours of the training must be dedicated to issues related to trafficking of persons and child abuse and neglect and must cover at least two of the topics described in Subsections (d)(8)-(12). At least six hours of the training must be dedicated to the training described by Subsections (d)(5), (6), and (7). The rules must require each judge and judicial officer to complete an additional five hours of training during each additional term in office or four years of service. At least two hours of the additional training must be dedicated to issues related to trafficking of persons and child abuse and neglect. The rules must exempt from the training requirement of this subsection each judge or judicial officer who files an affidavit stating that the judge or judicial officer does not hear any cases involving family violence, sexual assault, trafficking of persons, or child abuse and neglect.

(c) In adopting the rules, the court of criminal appeals may consult with the supreme court and with professional groups and associations in the state that have expertise in the subject matter to obtain the recommendations of those groups or associations for instruction content.

(d) The instruction must include information about:

(1) statutory and case law relating to videotaping a child's testimony and relating to competency of children to testify;

(2) methods for eliminating the trauma to the child caused by the court process;

(3) case law, statutory law, and procedural rules relating to family violence, sexual assault, trafficking of persons, and child abuse and neglect;

(4) methods for providing protection for victims of family violence, sexual assault, trafficking of persons, and child abuse and neglect;

(5) available community and state resources for counseling and other aid to victims and to offenders;

(6) gender bias in the judicial process;

(7) dynamics and effects of being a victim of family violence, sexual assault, trafficking of persons, or child abuse and neglect;

(8) dynamics of sexual abuse of children, including child abuse accommodation syndrome and grooming;

(9) impact of substance abuse on an unborn child and on a person's ability to care for a child;

(10) issues of attachment and bonding between children and caregivers;

(11) issues of child development that pertain to trafficking of persons and child abuse and neglect; and

(12) medical findings regarding physical abuse, sexual abuse, trafficking of persons, and child abuse and neglect.

(d-1) The sponsoring organization for any training on issues related to child abuse and neglect must have at least three years' experience in training professionals on child abuse and neglect issues or have personnel or planning committee members who have at least five years' experience in working directly in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment.

(e) The court of criminal appeals or the court's designee shall report the name of a judge or judicial officer who does not comply with the requirements of this section to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 507, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 31, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 390, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 31, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 765 (H.B. 3505), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 6.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 332 (H.B. 10), Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 332 (H.B. 10), Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 22.1105: Judicial Instruction Related to Certain Alleged Child Offenders

(a) Each judge of a court with jurisdiction to hear a complaint against a child alleging a violation of a misdemeanor offense punishable by fine only, other than a traffic offense or public intoxication or a violation of a penal ordinance of a political subdivision other than a traffic offense, shall complete a course of instruction related to understanding relevant issues of child welfare and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. Section 1400 et seq.) every judicial academic year that ends in a 0 or a 5.

(b) The court of criminal appeals shall adopt the rules necessary to provide for the training required under Subsection (a). The rules must require a judge described by Subsection (a) to complete two hours of the required training every judicial academic year that ends in a 0 or a 5 as part of the training the judge is required to complete under rules adopted by the court of criminal appeals or other law.

(c) In adopting the rules, the court of criminal appeals may consult with the supreme court and with professional groups and associations in this state that have expertise in the subject matter to obtain the recommendations of those groups or associations for instructional content.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 250 (H.B. 1793), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 22.1106: Judicial Instruction Related to Court-Ordered Outpatient Mental Health Services

The court of criminal appeals shall ensure that judicial training related to court-ordered outpatient mental health services is provided at least once every year. The instruction may be provided at the annual Judicial Education Conference.

Comments

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 582 (S.B. 362), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 22.111: Training for Prosecuting Attorneys Related to Punishment Enhancement Because of Bias Or Prejudice

The court of criminal appeals shall provide to prosecuting attorneys training related to the use of Section 12.47, Penal Code, and Article 42.014, Code of Criminal Procedure, for enhancing punishment on a finding that an offense was committed because of the defendant's bias or prejudice as defined in Article 42.014, Code of Criminal Procedure.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 85, Sec. 7.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 22.112: Permanent Place Designations

(a) The court of criminal appeals is composed of a presiding judge and of eight judges holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(b) The designation of offices and places under this section identifies the offices and places for all purposes, including identification on official ballots for primary and general elections.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 693, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Subchapter C

Sec. 22.201: Courts of Appeals Districts

(a) The state is divided into 14 courts of appeals districts with a court of appeals in each district.

(b) The First Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Waller, and Washington.

(c) The Second Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Archer, Clay, Cooke, Denton, Hood, Jack, Montague, Parker, Tarrant, Wichita, Wise, and Young.

(d) The Third Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coke, Comal, Concho, Fayette, Hays, Irion, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, McCulloch, Milam, Mills, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Sterling, Tom Green, Travis, and Williamson.

(e) The Fourth Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Brooks, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, LaSalle, McMullen, Mason, Maverick, Medina, Menard, Real, Starr, Sutton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata, and Zavala.

(f) The Fifth Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Collin, Dallas, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall.

(g) The Sixth Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Titus, Upshur, and Wood.

(h) The Seventh Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd, Foard, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Hutchinson, Kent, King, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Terry, Wilbarger, Wheeler, and Yoakum.

(i) The Eighth Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler.

(j) The Ninth Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, and Tyler.

(k) The Tenth Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Bosque, Burleson, Brazos, Coryell, Ellis, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Navarro, Robertson, Somervell, and Walker.

(l) The Eleventh Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Baylor, Borden, Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Dawson, Eastland, Ector, Erath, Fisher, Gaines, Glasscock, Haskell, Howard, Jones, Knox, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Nolan, Palo Pinto, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, and Throckmorton.

(m) The Twelfth Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Houston, Nacogdoches, Rains, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood.

(n) The Thirteenth Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, Cameron, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Hidalgo, Jackson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lavaca, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton, and Willacy.

(o) The Fourteenth Court of Appeals District is composed of the counties of Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Waller, and Washington.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.02, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 44, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 315, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 662, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 542 (H.B. 1077), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 22.202: First Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the First Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Houston.

(b) Harris County shall furnish and equip suitable rooms in Houston for the court and the justices without expense to the state.

(c) The counties other than Harris County composing the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals Districts shall annually reimburse Harris County for the costs incurred by Harris County during its previous fiscal year for:

(1) supplemental salaries and fringe benefits for the justices for those courts; and

(2) furnishings, equipment, supplies, and utility expenses for those courts.

(d) Each county shall pay a share based on the proportion its population bears to the total population of all the counties in those districts. A county shall pay its share not later than the 60th day after the beginning of the county's fiscal year.

(e) The Commissioners Court of Harris County shall provide each county liable for the expenses with a statement of that county's share. The statement must be approved by the chief justices of the courts of appeals of the First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals Districts.

(f) The First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals shall establish a central clerk's office and offices for justices and other support personnel in Houston. The courts may establish offices for the clerks, justices, and other support personnel in other counties in the courts' district as each court determines necessary and convenient.

(g) The First Court of Appeals may transact its business in any county in the First Court of Appeals District as the court determines necessary and convenient.

(h) All civil and criminal cases directed to the First or Fourteenth Court of Appeals shall be filed in either the First or Fourteenth Court of Appeals as provided by this section. The trial clerk shall write the numbers of the two courts of appeals on identical slips of paper and place the slips in a container. When a notice of appeal or appeal bond is filed, the trial court clerk shall draw a number from the container at random, in a public place, and shall assign the case and any companion cases to the court of appeals for the corresponding number drawn.

(i) Subject to Subchapter A, Chapter 73, the clerks of the First and the Fourteenth Courts of Appeals Districts may from time to time equalize the dockets of the two courts by transferring cases from one court to the other. The court to which the case is transferred has jurisdiction over the matter.

(j) Each of the justices on the court of appeals shall designate the county of his permanent residence on the records of the court in which the justice serves. The county of a justice's permanent residence is the justice's permanent post of duty.

(j-1) Expired.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.03 to 1.07, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 22.2021: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the First or Fourteenth Court of Appeals District shall establish an appellate judicial system to:

(1) assist the courts of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed from the county court, county courts at law, probate courts, and district courts; and

(2) defray costs and expenses incurred for the operation of the courts of appeals in this state for which the county is required by law to reimburse other counties in the court of appeals district.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of not more than $5 for each civil suit filed in county court, county court at law, probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by the county or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate justice system fund. The commissioners court shall administer the fund to maintain the system in cooperation with the chief justice of the courts of appeals. The fund may not be used for any other purpose.

(e) The commissioners court shall annually order the funds collected under this section to be forwarded to the court of appeals for expenditure by the courts of appeals for the court of appeals district's judicial system.

(f) The commissioners court has the authority necessary to assist the courts of appeals in the administration of the system, including the authority to contract with any private nonprofit corporation, public corporation, or a combination of those corporations.

(g) The chief justice of the courts of appeals, with the approval and consent of the commissioners court, shall manage the fund.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.01(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 22.203: Second Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Second Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Fort Worth.

(b) The court may transact its business in any county in the district as the court determines is necessary or convenient.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 693, Sec. 4.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 693, Sec. 4.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 693, Sec. 4.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 693, Sec. 4.

(g) If any additional offices of justices of the court are created, the designation for those offices shall be in consecutive numerical order beginning with Place 8. If two or more offices of justice are created to take effect the same date, and the legislature does not specify places for those offices, the court shall by rule determine places for each office. If the court does not determine places before a person is appointed or elected to fill the initial vacancy, the places are determined by the seniority system established as provided by Subsection (f).

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.08, 2.05(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 693, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 22.2031: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Second Court of Appeals District by order entered in its minutes shall establish an appellate judicial system to:

(1) assist the court of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county courts, statutory county courts, statutory probate courts, and district courts; and

(2) defray costs and expenses incurred in the operation of the court of appeals.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of $5 for each civil suit filed in county court, statutory county court, statutory probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by any governmental entity or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate judicial system fund for the court of appeals district. The fund may not be used for any other purpose.

(e) The funds collected under this section must be forwarded monthly to the court of appeals for expenditure by the court of appeals.

(f) The chief justice of the court of appeals is responsible for management of the funds forwarded to the court of appeals under this section and has sole discretion as to the use of the funds, except that the funds must be used for purposes consistent with the purposes of the appellate judicial system as described by Subsection (a).

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 93, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 245 (H.B. 410), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 22.204: Third Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Third Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Austin.

(b) The court may transact its business at the county seat of any of the counties within its district as the court determines is necessary and convenient, except that all cases originating in Travis County shall be heard and transacted in that county.

(c) The counties other than Travis County composing the Third Court of Appeals District shall annually reimburse Travis County for the costs incurred by Travis County during its previous fiscal year for supplemental salaries and fringe benefits for the justices of that court of appeals.

(d) Each county, including Travis County, shall pay a share based on the proportion its population bears to the total population of all the counties in the district according to the most recent federal census.

(e) A county shall pay its share not later than the 60th day after the beginning of the county's fiscal year.

(f) The Commissioners Court of Travis County shall provide each county liable for the reimbursement with a statement of that county's share. The statement must be approved by the chief justice of the Court of Appeals for the Third Court of Appeals District.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.09, 2.06(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 22.2041: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Third Court of Appeals District, by order entered in its minutes, shall establish an appellate judicial system to:

(1) assist the court of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county courts, county courts at law, probate courts, and district courts; and

(2) defray costs and expenses incurred by the county under Section 22.204.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of $5 for each civil suit filed in county court, county court at law, probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by the county or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate judicial system fund. The commissioners court shall administer the fund to establish and maintain a fund system to assist the court of appeals in the district. The fund may not be used for any other purpose.

(e) The commissioners court shall monthly order the funds collected under this section to be forwarded to the court of appeals for expenditures by the court of appeals for its judicial system.

(f) The commissioners court shall vest management of the system in the chief justice of the court of appeals.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1341 (S.B. 241), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 22.205: Fourth Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of San Antonio.

(b) The court may transact its business at the county seat of any of the counties within its district, as the court determines is necessary and convenient, except that all cases originating in Bexar County that the court hears shall be heard and transacted in that county.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.07(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 99, Sec. 1, eff. May 15, 1991.

Sec. 22.2051: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Fourth Court of Appeals District, by order entered in its minutes, shall establish an appellate judicial system to:

(1) assist the court of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county courts, county courts at law, probate courts, and district courts; and

(2) defray costs and expenses incurred by the county under Section 22.205.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of not more than $5 for each civil suit filed in county court, county court at law, probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by the county or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate judicial system fund. The commissioners court shall administer the fund to establish and maintain a fund system to assist the court of appeals in the district. The fund may not be used for any other purpose.

(e) The commissioners court shall monthly order the funds collected under this section to be forwarded to the court of appeals for expenditure by the court of appeals for its judicial system.

(f) The commissioners court shall vest management of the system in the chief justice of the court of appeals.

Comments

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 146, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 22.206: Fifth Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Court of Appeals District shall be primarily held in the City of Dallas.

(b) The court may transact its business in any county in the district as the court determines is necessary and convenient.

(c) The court may establish offices for the clerk, justices, and other support personnel in any county in the district and in more than one location in any county in the district as the court determines is necessary and convenient.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.10, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 210, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 22.2061: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Fifth Court of Appeals District, by order entered in its minutes, shall establish an appellate judicial system to:

(1) assist the court of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county court, county courts at law, probate courts, and district courts; and

(2) defray costs and expenses incurred by the county under Section 22.206.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of not more than $5 for each civil suit filed in county court, county court at law, probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by the county or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate justice system fund. The commissioners court shall administer the fund to establish and maintain a fund system to assist the court of appeals in the district. The fund may not be used for any other purpose.

(e) The commissioners court has the authority necessary to assist the court of appeals in the administration of the system and the system's judicial and staff education program, including the authority to contract with any private nonprofit corporation, public corporation, or a combination of those corporations.

(f) The commissioners court shall vest management of the system in the chief justice of the court of appeals in the district.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.02(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 22.207: Sixth Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Texarkana.

(b) The court may transact its business in the City of Texarkana or the county seat of any county in the district as the court determines is necessary or convenient, except that all cases originating in Bowie County shall be heard and transacted in the City of Texarkana.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 542, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.11, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 647, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 153, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 542 (H.B. 1077), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 22.2071: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Sixth Court of Appeals District, by order entered in its minutes, shall establish an appellate judicial system to assist the court of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county courts, statutory county courts, probate courts, and district courts.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of $5 for each civil suit filed in county court, statutory county court, probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by any governmental entity or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate judicial system fund. The commissioners court shall administer the fund to establish and maintain a fund system to assist the Sixth Court of Appeals District and any other court of appeals district that has an appellate judicial system in the county. The fund may not be used for any other purpose.

(e) The commissioners court shall monthly order the funds collected under this section to be forwarded in equal amounts to each clerk of a court of appeals that has an appellate judicial system in the county for expenditures by the court of appeals for its judicial system.

(f) The commissioners court shall vest management of the system in the chief justice of the court of appeals.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 49 (S.B. 658), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 22.208: Seventh Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Amarillo.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.12, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 22.2081: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Seventh Court of Appeals District, by order entered in its minutes, shall establish an appellate judicial system to:

(1) assist the court of appeals for the county in the disposition of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county courts, statutory county courts, probate courts, and district courts; and

(2) defray costs and expenses incurred by the county under Section 22.208.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of $5 for each civil suit filed in a county court, statutory county court, probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by the county or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate judicial system fund for the court of appeals district. The fund may not be used for any other purpose. The chief justice of the court of appeals has sole discretion as to the use of the fund.

(e) The commissioners court shall monthly order the funds collected under this section to be forwarded to the court of appeals for expenditures by the court of appeals for its appellate judicial system.

(f) The commissioners court shall vest management of the system in the chief justice of the court of appeals.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 520 (S.B. 1208), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 795 (S.B. 1259), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 22.209: Eighth Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of El Paso.

(b) The court may transact its business at the county seat of any county in the district as the court determines is necessary and convenient, except all cases originating in El Paso County shall be heard and transacted in that county.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.13, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 22.2091: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Eighth Court of Appeals District, by order entered in its minutes, shall establish an appellate judicial system to assist the court of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county courts, statutory county courts, statutory probate courts, and district courts.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of $5 for each civil suit filed in a county court, statutory county court, statutory probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by any governmental entity or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate judicial system fund for the court of appeals district. The fund may not be used for any other purpose. The chief justice of the court of appeals has sole discretion as to the use of the fund.

(e) The commissioners court shall monthly order the funds collected under this section to be forwarded to the court of appeals for expenditure by the court of appeals for its appellate judicial system.

(f) The commissioners court shall vest management of the system in the chief justice of the court of appeals.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 29 (S.B. 605), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

Sec. 22.210: Ninth Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Beaumont.

(b) The City of Beaumont shall furnish and equip suitable rooms for the court and the justices without expense to the state.

(c) The court may transact its business in the City of Beaumont or the county seat of any county in the district as the court determines is necessary or convenient.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.14, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 22, Sec. 1, eff. May 12, 2003.

Sec. 22.2101: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Ninth Court of Appeals District, by order entered in its minutes, shall establish an appellate judicial system to:

(1) assist the court of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county courts, county courts at law, probate courts, and district courts;

(2) defray costs and expenses incurred by the county under Section 22.210; and

(3) reimburse Jefferson County for supplemental salaries and annual benefits paid to the justices.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court fee of $5 for each civil suit filed in county court, county court at law, probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by the county or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate judicial system fund. The commissioners court shall administer the fund to establish and maintain a fund system to assist the court of appeals in the district. The fund may not be used for any other purpose.

(e) The commissioners court shall monthly order the funds collected under this section to be forwarded to the court of appeals for expenditures by the court of appeals for its judicial system.

(f) The commissioners court shall vest management of the system in the chief justice of the court of appeals.

(g) The chief justice shall reimburse Jefferson County from the fund for supplemental salaries and annual benefits paid to the justices.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 26 (S.B. 325), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 22.211: Tenth Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Tenth Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Waco or in the county seat of any county located within the Tenth Court of Appeals District.

(b) The City of Waco shall furnish and equip suitable rooms for the court and the justices without expense to the state.

(c) Each of the justices on the court of appeals shall designate the county of his permanent residence on the records of the court in which the justice serves. The county of a justice's permanent residence is the justice's permanent post of duty.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.15, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 729, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Sec. 22.212: Eleventh Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Eastland.

(b) Eastland County shall furnish and equip suitable rooms for the court and the justices without expense to the state.

(c) The court may transact its business in the City of Eastland or in any county in the district as the court determines is necessary or convenient.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.16, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1366 (H.B. 1586), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 22.2121: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Eleventh Court of Appeals District, on request of the chief justice of the court of appeals, by order entered in its minutes shall establish an appellate judicial system to:

(1) assist the court of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county courts, statutory county courts, probate courts, and district courts; and

(2) defray costs and expenses incurred by the county under Section 22.212.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of $5 for each civil suit filed in county court, statutory county court, probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by any governmental entity or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate justice system fund. The commissioners court shall establish and maintain the fund to assist the court of appeals district. The fund may not be used for any other purpose.

(e) The commissioners court shall monthly order the funds collected under this section to be forwarded to the clerk of the court of appeals for expenditure by the court of appeals for its judicial system.

(f) The commissioners court shall vest management of the system in the chief justice of the court of appeals.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1257 (H.B. 1997), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 22.213: Twelfth Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Twelfth Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Tyler.

(b) The City of Tyler and Smith County shall furnish and equip suitable rooms and a library for the court and the justices without expense to the state.

(c) The court may transact its business in the City of Tyler or at the county seat of any county in the district as the court determines is necessary or convenient, except that all cases originating in Smith County shall be heard and transacted in the City of Tyler.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 542, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.17, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 604, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 31, 1987; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 647, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 542 (H.B. 1077), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 22.2131: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Twelfth Court of Appeals District, by order entered in its minutes, shall establish an appellate judicial system to assist the court of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county courts, statutory county courts, probate courts, and district courts.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of $5 for each civil suit filed in county court, statutory county court, probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by any governmental entity or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate judicial system fund. The commissioners court shall administer the fund to establish and maintain a fund system to assist the Twelfth Court of Appeals District and any other court of appeals district that has an appellate judicial system in the county. The fund may not be used for any other purpose.

(e) The commissioners court shall monthly order the funds collected under this section to be forwarded in equal amounts to each clerk of a court of appeals that has an appellate judicial system in the county for expenditures by the court of appeals for its judicial system.

(f) The commissioners court shall vest management of the system in the chief justice of the court of appeals.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 50 (S.B. 659), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 22.214: Thirteenth Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Thirteenth Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Corpus Christi and the City of Edinburg.

(b) Nueces County shall furnish and equip suitable rooms in the City of Corpus Christi and Hidalgo County shall furnish and equip suitable rooms in the City of Edinburg for the court and the justices without expense to the state.

(c) The court may transact its business at the county seat of any county in the district as the court determines is necessary and convenient, except that:

(1) all cases originating in Nueces County shall be heard and transacted in Nueces County; and

(2) all cases originating in Cameron, Hidalgo, or Willacy County shall be heard and transacted in Cameron, Hidalgo, or Willacy County.

(d) The commissioners courts of the counties in the district by adopting concurrent orders may authorize the payment of an automobile allowance in an amount not to exceed $15,000 annually to each of the justices of the court for automobile expenses incurred in performing official duties.

(e) The automobile allowance authorized by Subsection (d) is not subject to:

(1) the limitations on additional compensation paid to a justice of a court of appeals district imposed by Section 31.003; or

(2) the salary differentials provided by Subchapter B, Chapter 659.

(f) Nueces County shall each fiscal year pay the total amount of the supplemental salaries, car allowances, and fringe benefits to the justices of the court. Each county composing the district, except Nueces County, shall annually reimburse Nueces County for that county's portion of the total amount paid under this subsection by Nueces County during the preceding fiscal year. Each county in the district, including Nueces County, is liable for a share of the total amount paid, based on the proportion that county's population bears to the total population of all the counties in the district.

(g) The Commissioners Court of Nueces County shall provide to each county liable for the reimbursement under Subsection (f) a statement of that county's share. The statement must be approved by the chief justice of the Court of Appeals for the Thirteenth Court of Appeals District. A county shall pay its share of the reimbursement not later than the 60th day after the beginning of the county's fiscal year.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.18, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1037, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1177, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 22.2141: Appellate Judicial System

(a) The commissioners court of each county in the Thirteenth Court of Appeals District, by order entered in its minutes, shall establish an appellate judicial system to:

(1) assist the court of appeals for the county in the processing of appeals filed with the court of appeals from the county courts, county courts at law, probate courts, and district courts; and

(2) defray costs and expenses incurred by the county under Section 22.214.

(b) To fund the system, the commissioners court shall set a court costs fee of not more than $5 for each civil suit filed in a county court, county court at law, probate court, or district court in the county.

(c) The court costs fee does not apply to a suit filed by the county or to a suit for delinquent taxes.

(d) The court costs fee shall be taxed, collected, and paid as other court costs in a suit. The clerk of the court shall collect the court costs fee set under this section and pay it to the county officer who performs the county treasurer's functions. That officer shall deposit the fee in a separate appellate judicial system fund. The commissioners court shall administer the fund to accomplish the purposes described by Subsection (a). The fund may not be used for any other purpose.

(e) Not later than the 91st day of each county fiscal year, the commissioners court shall order the balance remaining in the appellate judicial system fund at the close of the previous fiscal year to be forwarded to the court of appeals for expenditure by the court of appeals for the court's judicial system.

(f) The commissioners court shall vest management of the system in the chief justice of the court of appeals in the district.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1177, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 22.215: Fourteenth Court of Appeals

(a) The Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals District shall be held in the City of Houston.

(b) Harris County shall furnish and equip suitable rooms in Houston for the court and the justices without expense to the state.

(c) The Fourteenth Court of Appeals may transact its business in any county in the First Court of Appeals District as the court determines necessary and convenient.

(d) Each of the justices on the court of appeals shall designate the county of his permanent residence on the records of the court in which the justice serves. The county of a justice's permanent residence is the justice's permanent post of duty.

(e) Section 22.202, relating to the First Court of Appeals, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Fourteenth Court of Appeals.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.19, 1.20, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 22.216: Membership; Permanent Place Designations

(a) The Court of Appeals for the First Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of eight justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(b) The Court of Appeals for the Second Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of six justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(c) The Court of Appeals for the Third Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of five justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(d) The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of six justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(e) The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of 12 justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(f) The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of two justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(g) The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of three justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(h) The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of two justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(i) The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of three justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(j) The Court of Appeals for the Tenth Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of two justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(k) The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of two justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(l) The Court of Appeals for the Twelfth Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of two justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(m) The Court of Appeals for the Thirteenth Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of five justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(n) The Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals District consists of a chief justice and of eight justices holding places numbered consecutively beginning with Place 2.

(o) The designation of offices and places under this section identifies the offices and places for all purposes, including identification on official ballots for primary and general elections.

(p) If any additional offices of justice of a court of appeals are created, the designation for those offices shall be in consecutive numerical order beginning with the next available place number. If two or more offices of justice are created to take effect the same date, and the legislature does not specify places for those offices, the applicable court of appeals shall by rule determine places for each office. If the court does not determine places before a person is appointed or elected to fill the initial vacancy, the places are determined by seniority. The chief justice of the applicable court shall file the names and place numbers of the justices with the secretary of state and the clerk of the court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.21 to 1.34, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 315, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 315, Sec. 6, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 662, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 662, Sec. 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 693, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 22.217: Disqualification

(a) The fact that at least two members of a court of appeals are disqualified to determine a case in the court shall be certified to the governor.

(b) The governor immediately shall commission the requisite number of persons who are learned in the law to try and determine the case.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.218: Term of Court

The term of each court of appeals begins and ends with each calendar year.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.219: Adjournment

(a) A court of appeals may adjourn from day to day or for the periods that it considers proper.

(b) If a quorum of a court is not present on any day of the term, a justice of the court or the bailiff attending the court may adjourn the court from time to time until a quorum is present, but the court may not be finally adjourned for the term.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.220: Civil Jurisdiction

(a) Each court of appeals has appellate jurisdiction of all civil cases within its district of which the district courts or county courts have jurisdiction when the amount in controversy or the judgment rendered exceeds $250, exclusive of interest and costs.

(b) If a court of appeals having jurisdiction in a case, matter, or controversy that requires immediate action is unable to take immediate action because the illness, absence, or unavailability of the justices causes fewer than three members of the court to be present, the nearest available court of appeals, under rules prescribed by the supreme court, may take the action required in the case, matter, or controversy.

(c) Each court of appeals may, on affidavit or otherwise, as the court may determine, ascertain the matters of fact that are necessary to the proper exercise of its jurisdiction.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1351 (S.B. 408), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 22.221: Writ Power

(a) Each court of appeals or a justice of a court of appeals may issue a writ of mandamus and all other writs necessary to enforce the jurisdiction of the court.

(b) Each court of appeals for a court of appeals district may issue all writs of mandamus, agreeable to the principles of law regulating those writs, against:

(1) a judge of a district, statutory county, statutory probate county, or county court in the court of appeals district;

(2) a judge of a district court who is acting as a magistrate at a court of inquiry under Chapter 52, Code of Criminal Procedure, in the court of appeals district; or

(3) an associate judge of a district or county court appointed by a judge under Chapter 201, Family Code, in the court of appeals district for the judge who appointed the associate judge.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.03, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

(d) Concurrently with the supreme court, the court of appeals of a court of appeals district in which a person is restrained in his liberty, or a justice of the court of appeals, may issue a writ of habeas corpus when it appears that the restraint of liberty is by virtue of an order, process, or commitment issued by a court or judge because of the violation of an order, judgment, or decree previously made, rendered, or entered by the court or judge in a civil case. Pending the hearing of an application for a writ of habeas corpus, the court of appeals or a justice of the court of appeals may admit to bail a person to whom the writ of habeas corpus may be granted.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 69, Sec. 1, eff. May 6, 1987; Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.35, 2.03, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 58, Sec. 1, eff. May 2, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 839, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 740 (S.B. 1233), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1013 (H.B. 1480), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 22.222: Court Sitting in Panels

(a) Each court of appeals may sit in panels of not fewer than three justices for the purpose of hearing cases.

(b) If more than one panel is used, the court of appeals shall establish rules to periodically rotate the justices among the panels. Permanent civil panels and criminal panels without rotation may not be established.

(c) A majority of a panel constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business, and the concurrence of a majority of a panel is necessary for a decision.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.223: Court Sitting En Banc

(a) The chief justice of each court of appeals, under rules established by the court, shall convene the court en banc for the transaction of all business other than the hearing of cases and may convene the court en banc for the purpose of hearing cases.

(b) When convened en banc, a majority of the membership of the court constitutes a quorum and the concurrence of a majority of the court sitting en banc is necessary for a decision.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.224: Seal

The clerk of each court of appeals shall obtain a seal for the court. The seal shall have a star with five points and the words "Court of Appeals of the State of Texas" engraved on it.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.225: Effect of Judgment in Civil Cases

(a) A judgment of a court of appeals is conclusive on the facts of the case in all civil cases.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(3), eff. September 1, 2017.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(3), eff. September 1, 2017.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(3), eff. September 1, 2017.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(3), eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 1106, Sec. 2, eff. June 20, 1987; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 855, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 204, Sec. 1.02, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 97 (S.B. 15), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 203 (H.B. 274), Sec. 3.02, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 150 (H.B. 1761), Sec. 4(3), eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 22.226: Mandate

When the court from which an appeal is taken is deprived of jurisdiction over the case pending the appeal and the case is determined by a court of appeals or the court of criminal appeals, the mandate of the appellate court that determines the case shall be directed to the court that had jurisdiction over the case, as also provided by Section 22.102.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.228: Special Commissioner

(a) The other justices of a court of appeals shall certify to the governor the following facts when they occur:

(1) a justice of the court of appeals is totally disabled to discharge any of the duties of his office because of physical or mental illness that probably is permanent, has remained in that condition continuously for at least one year, and probably will continue to be incapacitated by the illness for the balance of his term of office; or

(2) a justice of the court of appeals has been called or ordered into the active military service of the United States.

(b) On receipt of a certificate that a justice is disabled or on active military service, the governor shall investigate and verify the facts contained in the certificate. If the governor determines that the appointment of a special commissioner is necessary, he promptly shall appoint a special commissioner who has the qualifications of a member of a court of appeals to assist the court.

(c) A special commissioner may sit with the court, hear arguments on submitted cases, and write opinions on the cases if directed to do so by the court. When the opinion of a special commissioner is adopted by the court of appeals, it becomes the opinion of the court.

(d) A special commissioner appointed by the governor shall receive the same compensation as a regular justice of the courts of appeals.

(e) A special commissioner who is appointed because of the disability of a justice serves on the court until the recovery from the disability, the death, or the expiration of the term of the disabled justice, except that a special commissioner may not serve for more than two years under the same appointment. In the event of a recovery from the disability, a majority of the justices of the court of appeals shall certify to the governor that the disabled justice is recovered. The certificate of a majority of the justices is conclusive evidence of the recovery of the disabled justice.

(f) A special commissioner who is appointed because a justice is on active military service serves on the court until the discharge of the justice from the military service or the expiration of the term of the justice who is on military service, except that a special commissioner may not serve more than two years under the same appointment. When the active military service of a justice of a court of appeals is terminated, the other justices of the court shall certify the termination to the governor. The certificate of the other justices is conclusive evidence of the termination of the active military service.

(g) This section does not give the members of a court of appeals or the governor the power to remove or suspend from office a justice of a court of appeals or to interfere with a justice in his constitutional rights and powers.

Comments

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

Subchapter D

Sec. 22.301: Salaries of Officers and Personnel of Appellate Courts

The salaries of the state prosecuting attorney and the clerks, other officers, and employees of the supreme court, court of criminal appeals, and courts of appeals shall be determined by the legislature in its appropriation acts for the support of the judiciary.

Comments

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

Sec. 22.302: Use of Teleconferencing Technology

(a) At the discretion of its chief justice or presiding judge, the supreme court, the court of criminal appeals, or a court of appeals may order that oral argument be presented through the use of teleconferencing technology. The court and the parties or their attorneys may participate in oral argument from any location through the use of teleconferencing technology.

(b) In this section, "teleconferencing technology" means technology that provides for a conference of individuals in different locations, connected by electronic means, through both audio and video.

Comments

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 732, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1085, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 22.303: Recording of Certain Court Proceedings

If appropriated funds or donations are available in the amount necessary to cover the cost, the supreme court and the court of criminal appeals shall make a video recording or other electronic visual and audio recording of each oral argument and public meeting of the court and post the recording on the court's Internet website.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1134 (H.B. 214), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.

Chapter 22A

Sec. 22A.001: Eligible Proceedings

(a) The attorney general may petition the chief justice of the supreme court to convene a special three-judge district court in any suit filed in a district court in this state in which this state or a state officer or agency is a defendant in a claim that:

(1) challenges the finances or operations of this state's public school system; or

(2) involves the apportionment of districts for the house of representatives, the senate, the State Board of Education, or the United States Congress, or state judicial districts.

(b) A petition filed by the attorney general under this section stays all proceedings in the district court in which the original case was filed until the chief justice of the supreme court acts on the petition.

(c) Within a reasonable time after receipt of a petition from the attorney general under Subsection (a), the chief justice of the supreme court shall grant the petition and issue an order transferring the case to a special three-judge district court convened as provided by Section 22A.002.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 186 (S.B. 455), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 22A.002: Special Three-Judge District Court

(a) On receipt of a petition under Section 22A.001, the chief justice shall order a special three-judge district court to convene and shall appoint three persons to serve on the court as follows:

(1) the district judge of the judicial district to which the original case was assigned;

(2) one district judge of a judicial district other than a judicial district in the same county as the judicial district to which the original case was assigned; and

(3) one justice of a court of appeals other than:

(A) the court of appeals in the court of appeals district in which the original case was assigned; or

(B) a court of appeals district in which the district judge appointed under Subdivision (2) sits.

(b) A judge or justice appointed under Subsection (a)(2) or (3) must have been elected to that office and may not be serving an appointed term of office.

(c) A special three-judge district court convened under this section shall conduct all hearings in the district court to which the original case was assigned and may use the courtroom, other facilities, and administrative support of the district court.

(d) The comptroller shall pay from funds appropriated to the comptroller's judiciary section the travel expenses and other incidental costs related to convening a special three-judge district court under this chapter.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 186 (S.B. 455), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 9.01(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 22A.003: Consolidation of Related Actions

(a) In this section, "related case" means any case in which this state or a state officer or agency is a defendant that arises from the same nucleus of operative facts as the claim before a special three-judge district court under this chapter, regardless of the legal claims or causes of action asserted in the related case.

(b) On the motion of any party to a case assigned to a special three-judge district court under Section 22A.002, the court by order shall consolidate with the cause of action before the court any related case pending in any district court or other court in this state.

(c) A case consolidated under Subsection (b) must be transferred to the special three-judge district court if the court finds that transfer is necessary. The transfer may occur without the consent of the parties to the related case or of the court in which the related case is pending.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 186 (S.B. 455), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 22A.004: Application of Texas Rules of Civil Procedure

(a) Except as provided by this section, the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and all other statutes and rules applicable to civil litigation in a district court in this state apply to proceedings before a special three-judge district court.

(b) The supreme court may adopt rules for the operation of a special three-judge district court convened under this chapter and for the procedures of the court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 186 (S.B. 455), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 22A.005: Actions By Judge Or Justice

(a) With the unanimous consent of the three judges sitting on a special three-judge district court, a judge or justice of the court may:

(1) independently conduct pretrial proceedings; and

(2) enter interlocutory orders before trial.

(b) A judge or justice of a special three-judge district court may not independently enter a temporary restraining order, temporary injunction, or any order that finally disposes of a claim before the court.

(c) Any independent action taken by one judge or justice of a special three-judge district court related to a claim before the court may be reviewed by the entire court at any time before final judgment.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 186 (S.B. 455), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 22A.006: Appeal

(a) An appeal from an appealable interlocutory order or final judgment of a special three-judge district court is to the supreme court.

(b) The supreme court may adopt rules for appeals from a special three-judge district court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 186 (S.B. 455), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Chapter 23

Subchapter A

Sec. 23.001: Juvenile Jurisdiction

Each district court, county court, and statutory county court exercising any of the constitutional jurisdiction of either a county court or a district court has jurisdiction over juvenile matters and may be designated a juvenile court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 168, Sec. 5, eff. Aug. 30, 1993.

Subchapter B

Sec. 23.101: Primary Priorities

(a) The trial courts of this state shall regularly and frequently set hearings and trials of pending matters, giving preference to hearings and trials of the following:

(1) temporary injunctions;

(2) criminal actions, with the following actions given preference over other criminal actions:

(A) criminal actions against defendants who are detained in jail pending trial;

(B) criminal actions involving a charge that a person committed an act of family violence, as defined by Section 71.004, Family Code;

(C) an offense under:

(i) Section 21.02 or 21.11, Penal Code;

(ii) Chapter 22, Penal Code, if the victim of the alleged offense is younger than 17 years of age;

(iii) Section 25.02, Penal Code, if the victim of the alleged offense is younger than 17 years of age;

(iv) Section 25.06, Penal Code;

(v) Section 43.25, Penal Code; or

(vi) Section 20A.02(a)(7), 20A.02(a)(8), or 20A.03, Penal Code;

(D) an offense described by Article 62.001(6)(C) or (D), Code of Criminal Procedure; and

(E) criminal actions against persons who are detained as provided by Section 51.12, Family Code, after transfer for prosecution in criminal court under Section 54.02, Family Code;

(3) election contests and suits under the Election Code;

(4) orders for the protection of the family under Subtitle B, Title 4, Family Code;

(5) appeals of final rulings and decisions of the division of workers' compensation of the Texas Department of Insurance regarding workers' compensation claims and claims under the Federal Employers' Liability Act and the Jones Act;

(6) appeals of final orders of the commissioner of the General Land Office under Section 51.3021, Natural Resources Code;

(7) actions in which the claimant has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, other malignant asbestos-related cancer, malignant silica-related cancer, or acute silicosis; and

(8) appeals brought under Section 42.01 or 42.015, Tax Code, of orders of appraisal review boards of appraisal districts established for counties with a population of less than 175,000.

(b) Insofar as practicable, the trial courts shall observe the preference provided by Subsection (a) in ruling on, hearing, and trying the matters pending before the courts.

(c) A district judge who presides over multidistrict litigation involving claims for asbestos-related or silica-related injuries shall confer with a trial court regarding trial settings or other matters regarding remand. The trial court shall cooperate with the multidistrict litigation court and shall not continue or postpone a trial setting without the concurrence of the multidistrict litigation court.

(d) A district court judge who presides over multidistrict litigation involving claims for asbestos-related or silica-related injuries is a party in interest for the limited purpose of requesting mandamus enforcement of the priority in setting hearings and trials under Subsection (a)(7).

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 1037, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 31, 1987; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 614, Sec. 22, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 739, Sec. 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 755, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.01, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 465, Sec. 4, eff. June 11, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 67, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1279, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 9.001(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 97 (S.B. 15), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 265 (H.B. 7), Sec. 6.001, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 61 (S.B. 57), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 393 (S.B. 749), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 593 (H.B. 8), Sec. 2.01, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 122 (H.B. 3000), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1087 (S.B. 1209), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1299 (H.B. 2862), Sec. 34, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 685 (H.B. 29), Sec. 25, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 23.102: Secondary Priorities

A matter not included in Section 23.101 shall be set at the discretion of the trial court in which the matter is pending, observing the following priorities:

(1) precedence should be given to matters where delay will cause physical or economic injury to either the parties or the public;

(2) matters involving substantial substantive or constitutional rights should take precedence over matters involving permits, licenses, or privileges;

(3) precedence should be given matters involving important issues that greatly concern the public or materially affect the public welfare; and

(4) precedence should be given matters involving complete restoration of a ward's capacity or modification of a ward's guardianship.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 829, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 23.103: Effect on Other Laws

Sections 23.101 and 23.102 do not affect a statute directing a specific court to give preference to cases involving that court's criminal jurisdiction, family law jurisdiction, or other specified jurisdiction.

Comments

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

Subchapter C

Sec. 23.201: Definition

In this subchapter, "state bar" means the State Bar of Texas.

Comments

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 833, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1994.

Sec. 23.202: Uniform Jury Handbook; Contents

(a) The state bar shall publish a uniform jury handbook that:

(1) informs jurors in lay terminology of the duties and responsibilities of a juror;

(2) explains basic trial procedures and legal terminology; and

(3) provides other practical information relating to jury service.

(b) The state bar shall review and update the uniform jury handbook annually. A Spanish language version of the handbook shall be published and made available.

Comments

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 833, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1994.

Sec. 23.203: Distribution of Handbook

(a) The state bar shall distribute copies of the uniform jury handbook to each trial court of this state in sufficient numbers to meet the requirements of this subchapter.

(b) The clerk of a trial court shall provide each juror in a civil or criminal case with a copy of the uniform jury handbook. The juror shall read the handbook before the juror begins jury service.

(c) The handbook is a public document. The state bar or a trial court may distribute the handbook to promote the public's understanding of jury service.

Comments

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 833, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1994.

Sec. 23.204: Conflict with Instruction Or Charge

If a provision of the uniform jury handbook is in conflict with an instruction or charge of a trial judge in a case, the instruction or charge supersedes the provision of the handbook.

Comments

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 833, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1994.

Chapter 24

Subchapter A

Sec. 24.001: Age Qualification of Judges

A district judge must be at least 25 years old.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.002: Assignment of Judge Or Transfer of Case on Recusal

If a district judge determines on the judge's own motion that the judge should not sit in a case pending in the judge's court because the judge is disqualified or otherwise should recuse himself or herself, the judge shall enter a recusal order, request the presiding judge of that administrative judicial region to assign another judge to sit, and take no further action in the case except for good cause stated in the order in which the action is taken. A change of venue is not necessary because of the disqualification of a district judge in a case or proceeding pending in the judge's court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.003: Transfer of Cases; Exchange of Benches

(a) This section applies only to counties with two or more district courts.

(b) Unless provided otherwise by the local rules of administration, a district judge in the county may:

(1) except as provided by Subsection (b-1), transfer any civil or criminal case or proceeding on the court's docket, other than a case governed by Chapter 155, Family Code, to the docket of another district court in the county;

(2) hear and determine any case or proceeding pending in another district court in the county without having the case transferred;

(3) sit for another district court in the county and hear and determine any case or proceeding pending in that court;

(4) temporarily exchange benches with the judge of another district court in the county;

(5) try different cases in the same court at the same time; and

(6) occupy the judge's own courtroom or the courtroom of another district court in the county.

(b-1) Notwithstanding the local rules of administration, a district judge may not transfer any civil or criminal case or proceeding to the docket of another district court without the consent of the judge of the court to which it is transferred.

(c) If a district judge in the county is sick or otherwise absent, another district judge in the county may hold court for the judge.

(d) A district judge in the county may hear and determine any part or question of any case or proceeding pending in any of the district courts, and any other district judge may complete the hearing and render judgment in the case or proceeding. A district judge may hear and determine motions, including motions for new trial, petitions for injunction, applications for the appointment of a receiver, interventions, pleas in abatement, dilatory pleas, and all preliminary matters, questions, and proceedings, and may enter judgment or order on them in the court in which the case or proceeding is pending without transferring the case or proceeding. The district judge in whose court the matter is pending may proceed to hear, complete, and determine the matter, or all or any part of another matter, and render a final judgment. A district judge may issue a restraining order or injunction that is returnable to any other district court.

(e) A judgment or order shall be entered in the minutes of the court in which the case is pending.

(f) This section does not limit the powers of a district judge when acting for another judge by exchange of benches or otherwise.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 90, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.02, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 962 (H.B. 1875), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 24.004: Special Judge By Agreement of Parties

If the parties agree on a special judge for the trial of a particular case, the clerk shall enter in the minutes of the court, as a part of the proceedings in the case, a record showing:

(1) that the judge of the court is disqualified to try the case;

(2) the name of the special judge and that the parties agreed on the selection of that judge for the trial of the case; and

(3) that the oath prescribed by law was administered to the special judge.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.006: Salary of Special Judge

(a) This section applies to payment of salary to:

(1) a special judge commissioned by the governor as provided by Article V, Section 11, of the Texas Constitution; and

(2) a special judge agreed on by the parties as provided by Section 24.004.

(b) Each special judge is entitled to receive for each day served as a special judge the same daily salary that a district judge receives.

(c) A special judge commissioned by the governor is also entitled to receive the same daily salary that a district judge receives for each day necessary for the special judge to travel to and from the court.

(d) The daily salary is determined by dividing the annual salary of a district judge by 365.

(e) In order to obtain his salary, a special judge commissioned by the governor must present his sworn account to the comptroller showing the number of travel days that were necessary. The judge must also give the comptroller evidence that the judge was duly commissioned. The account must be certified as correct by the judge of the district or by the court clerk of the court in which he served.

(f) A special judge agreed on by the parties or elected by the practicing lawyers shall be paid on presenting to the comptroller the certificate of the clerk of the court in which he served and the judge's sworn account. The clerk's certificate must show the record of the judge's election or appointment and must show that the judge performed services in the court. The judge's sworn account must show the number of days that he served as the special judge.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 90, Sec. 4, eff. Aug. 30, 1993.

Sec. 24.007: Jurisdiction

(a) The district court has the jurisdiction provided by Article V, Section 8, of the Texas Constitution.

(b) A district court has original jurisdiction of a civil matter in which the amount in controversy is more than $500, exclusive of interest.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.36, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.02, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.008: Other Jurisdiction

The district court may hear and determine any cause that is cognizable by courts of law or equity and may grant any relief that could be granted by either courts of law or equity.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.009: Jurisdictional Amount If Parties Properly Join in One Suit

If two or more persons originally and properly join in one suit, the suit for jurisdictional purposes is treated as if one party is suing for the aggregate amount of all their claims added together, excluding interest and costs. This section does not prevent jurisdiction from attaching on any other ground.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.010: Jurisdiction of Failure to Pay Over Certain Money

The district court may hear and determine:

(1) motions against sheriffs and other officers of the court for failure to pay over money collected under the process of the court or other defalcation of duty in connection with the process; and

(2) motions against attorneys for money collected by them and not paid over.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.011: Writ Power

A judge of a district court may, either in termtime or vacation, grant writs of mandamus, injunction, sequestration, attachment, garnishment, certiorari, and supersedeas and all other writs necessary to the enforcement of the court's jurisdiction.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.012: Terms and Sessions of Court

(a) Except as provided by Subsections (a-1) and (a-2) and Section 24.0125, notwithstanding any other law, each district court holds in each county in the judicial district terms that commence on the first Mondays in January and July of each year. To the extent of a conflict between this subsection and a specific provision relating to a particular judicial district, this section controls.

(a-1) The term of the 47th District Court in Armstrong County begins on the first Monday in January.

(a-2) In Harris County each district court holds terms that commence on the first Mondays in February, May, August, and November of each year.

(b) Except as otherwise provided by this chapter, the terms of each district, family district, and criminal district court are continuous. Each term begins on a day fixed by law and continues until the day fixed by law for the beginning of the next succeeding term.

(c) The commencement of a term of court is not affected by the fact that the first day of the term falls on a legal holiday or the judge is absent from the county on the first day of the term.

(d) A district judge may hold as many sessions of court in a county as he considers proper and expedient for the dispatch of business and may adopt rules for that purpose as authorized by the statutes of this state and the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

(e) A district judge may hear a nonjury matter relating to a civil or criminal case at a correctional facility in the county in which the case is filed or prosecuted if a party to the case or the criminal defendant is confined in the correctional facility. For purposes of this subsection, "correctional facility" has the meaning assigned by Section 1.07, Penal Code.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1494, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.03, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1081 (H.B. 3378), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 2, eff. June 7, 2019.

Sec. 24.0125: Terms and Sessions of Court Following Certain Disasters

Notwithstanding any other law, if a disaster, as defined by Section 418.004, precludes a district court from holding its judicial district terms in accordance with Section 24.012, the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region, with the approval of the judge of the affected district court, may designate the terms and sessions of court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 3, eff. June 7, 2019.

Sec. 24.014: Special Terms

(a) A district judge may set a time for and hold a special term in any county in his district.

(b) The judge may impanel grand and petit jurors as provided by law. The jurors may be summoned to appear before the court at the time designated by the judge.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 929 , Sec. 21(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(d) A new civil case may not be brought to a special term of the court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 929 (H.B. 2150), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 929 (H.B. 2150), Sec. 21(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.015: Procedure at Special Term

(a) Juries for special terms authorized by Section 24.014 shall be summoned in the manner provided by law for regular terms.

(b) Any proceeding in a case that may be held at a regular term may also be held at a special term.

(c) The following procedures in any civil or criminal case are the same and have the same force and effect when done at a special term as though done at a regular term:

(1) the issuance of process, whether to a regular term or a special term;

(2) the conduct of proceedings;

(3) the issuance of an order, judgment, or decree; and

(4) an appeal.

(d) A proceeding held at a special term may be appealed as if it were held at a regular term.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.016: Appointed Counsel

A district judge may appoint counsel to attend to the cause of a party who makes an affidavit that he is too poor to employ counsel to attend to the cause.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.017: Proceedings in Multicounty Districts

(a) This section applies in judicial districts that are composed of more than one county.

(b) Except as provided by this section, the judge of a district court may, in any county in his judicial district:

(1) hear and determine all preliminary and interlocutory matters in which a jury may not be demanded;

(2) hear and determine uncontested or agreed cases and contests of elections pending in his district, unless a party to the suit objects; and

(3) sign all necessary orders and judgments in those matters.

(c) The judge may sign an order or decree in any case pending for trial or on trial before him in any county in his district at a place that is convenient to the judge and forward the order or decree to the clerk for filing and entry.

(d) A district judge who is assigned to preside in a court of another judicial district or is presiding in exchange or at the request of the regular judge of the court may, in the manner provided by this section for the regular judge, hear, determine, and enter the orders, judgments, and decrees in a case that is pending for trial or has been tried before the visiting judge.

(e) All contested divorce cases, all default judgments, and all cases in which any of the parties are cited by publication must be tried in the county in which the case is filed unless other law authorizes the case to be tried in another county.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.018: Certain Effect of District Reorganization

If the counties that compose a judicial district or the time or place for holding terms of a district court are changed by law:

(1) the process and writs issued from the district court and made returnable to a term of court fixed by the law at the time of the issuance are returnable to the next term of the court as fixed by the amended law and are as legal and valid as if they were made returnable to the term of the court as fixed by the amended law;

(2) the grand and petit jurors selected or drawn under the prior law in any county in the judicial district are lawfully selected or drawn for the next term of the district court of the county as fixed by the amended law; and

(3) the obligees in all appearance bonds and recognizances taken in and for the district court and the witnesses summoned to appear before the district court under the prior law are required to appear at the next term of the court as fixed by the amended law.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.019: Expenses of District Judge

(a) A district judge engaged in the discharge of official duties in a county other than the judge's county of residence is entitled to traveling and other necessary expenses, as provided by Chapter 660.

(b) A district judge is entitled to receive from the state the actual and necessary postage, telegraph, and telephone expenses incurred in the discharge of official duties.

(c) The expenses shall be paid by the state on a sworn itemized account showing the expenses.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.95(105), eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Sec. 24.020: Jurisdiction Over Commissioners Court

The district court has appellate jurisdiction and general supervisory control over the commissioners court, with the exceptions and regulations prescribed by law.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1.37, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.021: Incompetency

For purposes of Article XV, Section 6, of the Texas Constitution, "incompetency" means:

(1) gross ignorance of official duties;

(2) gross carelessness in the discharge of official duties; or

(3) inability or unfitness to promptly and properly discharge official duties because of a serious mental or physical defect that did not exist at the time of the judge's election.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 149, Sec. 18, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.022: Effect of Transfer of Certain Cases Following Creation of Additional Court

(a) On the creation of an additional district court in a county, an existing district court in the county may transfer to the new court a case regarding a child who is subject to the continuing exclusive jurisdiction of the existing court under Title 5, Family Code, regardless of whether the case is pending in the existing court or the existing court rendered a final order in the case.

(b) The district court to which the case is transferred under this section acquires continuing exclusive jurisdiction under Title 5, Family Code, over the child.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1148, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2001.

Sec. 24.023: Obligations; Bonds

(a) When a case is transferred from one court to another, all processes, writs, bonds, recognizances, and other obligations issued by the transferring court are returnable to the court to which the case is transferred as if originally issued by that court.

(b) The obligees in all bonds and recognizances taken in and for a court from which a case is transferred, and all witnesses summoned to appear in a district court from which a case is transferred, are required to appear before the court to which the case is transferred as if the bond, recognizance, or summons was taken in or for that court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.024: Filing and Docketing Cases

In a county with two or more district courts, the district judges may adopt rules governing the filing and numbering of cases, the assignment of cases for trial, and the distribution of the work of the courts as in their discretion they consider necessary or desirable for the orderly dispatch of the business of the courts.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.025: Supplemental Compensation

(a) Unless otherwise provided by this subchapter, all district judges in a county are entitled to equal amounts of supplemental compensation from the county.

(b) A district judge is entitled to an amount of supplemental compensation for serving on the juvenile board of a county that is equal to the amount other judges serving on the juvenile board receive.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.026: Appointment of Initial Judge

On the creation of a new judicial district, the initial vacancy in the office of district judge is filled in accordance with Section 28, Article V, Texas Constitution.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.027: Grand and Petit Jurors

All grand and petit jurors selected in a county before a new district court is created or the composition of an existing district court is modified by an amendment to this chapter are considered to be selected for the new or modified district court, as applicable.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.028: Cases Transferred

If by an amendment to this chapter a county is removed from the composition of an existing judicial district and added to another existing or new judicial district, all cases and proceedings from that county that are pending in the district court of the judicial district from which the county was removed are transferred to the district court of the judicial district to which the county is added. The judge of each affected district court shall sign the proper orders in connection with the transfer.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.029: Processes, Writs, and Other Obligations Remain Valid

(a) If by an amendment to this chapter a county is removed from the composition of an existing judicial district and added to another existing or new judicial district, or if an amendment to this chapter changes the time or place at which the terms of court are held, all processes, writs, bonds, recognizances, and other obligations issued from and made returnable to that court before the effective date of the transfer or other change are returnable as provided by this subsection. An obligation issued from the affected court is returnable to another district court in the county on the date that court directs, but may not be made returnable on a date that is earlier than the date on which the obligation was originally returnable. The obligations are legal and valid as if the obligations had been made returnable to the issuing court.

(b) The obligees in all appearance bonds and recognizances taken in and for a district court of a county before the effective date of an amendment to this chapter, and all witnesses summoned to appear before that district court under laws existing before the effective date of an amendment to this chapter, are required to appear at another district court in the county on the date that court directs, but may not be required to appear on a date that is earlier than the date on which the obligees or witnesses were originally required to appear.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.030: Location of Court

(a) A district court shall sit in the county seat for a jury trial in a civil case. The commissioners court of the county may authorize a district court to sit in any municipality within the county to hear and determine nonjury trials in civil cases and to hear and determine motions, arguments, and other matters not heard before a jury in a civil case that is within the court's jurisdiction.

(b) The district clerk or the clerk's deputy serves as clerk of the court when a court sits in a municipality other than the municipality that is the county seat and may transfer:

(1) all necessary books, minutes, records, and papers to that municipality while the court is in session there; and

(2) the books, minutes, records, and papers back to the clerk's office in the county seat at the end of each session.

(c) If the commissioners court authorizes a district court to sit in a municipality other than the municipality that is the county seat, the commissioners court shall provide suitable facilities for the court in that municipality.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.031: Court Officers

The prosecuting attorney, the sheriff, the district clerk, the bailiffs, and the other officers serving the other district courts of the county shall serve in their respective capacities for the courts listed in this chapter.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.033: Location of Proceedings Following Certain Disasters

(a) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 17, eff. June 7, 2019.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, if a disaster, as defined by Section 418.004, precludes a district court from conducting its proceedings at the county seat of that county, the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region, with the approval of the judge of the affected district court, may designate for the proceedings an alternate location:

(1) in the judicial district of the affected court; or

(2) outside the judicial district at the location the presiding judge determines is closest in proximity to the county seat that allows the court to safely and practicably conduct its proceedings, provided the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region for the designated location approves if that presiding judge is not the presiding judge making the designation.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1076 (H.B. 2766), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 4, eff. June 7, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 17, eff. June 7, 2019.

Sec. 24.034: Assignment of Cases in District Courts in Hidalgo County

(a) All civil and criminal cases in the district courts in Hidalgo County shall be assigned and docketed at random by the district clerk using an automated system.

(b) In assigning a case to a district court, the district clerk shall take into consideration any requirement in Subchapter B that a district court in Hidalgo County give preference to specific matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Subchapter B

Sec. 24.101: 1st Judicial District (Jasper, Newton, Sabine, and San Augustine Counties)

(a) The 1st Judicial District is composed of Jasper, Newton, Sabine, and San Augustine counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 1st District Court in Sabine and San Augustine counties has the civil jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) The terms of the 1st District Court begin:

(1) in Jasper County on the first Monday in January and the 22nd Monday after the first Monday in January;

(2) in Newton County on the 5th and 34th Mondays after the first Monday in January;

(3) in San Augustine County on the 11th and 40th Mondays after the first Monday in January; and

(4) in Sabine County on the 17th and 45th Mondays after the first Monday in January.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.102: 2nd Judicial District (Cherokee County)

(a) The 2nd Judicial District is composed of Cherokee County.

(b) The terms of the 2nd District Court begin on the first Mondays in March and September.

(c) The judge may take a vacation and not attend court for four weeks in each year.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.103: 3rd Judicial District (Anderson, Henderson, and Houston Counties)

(a) The 3rd Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Henderson, and Houston counties.

(b) The terms of the 3rd District Court begin:

(1) in Anderson County on the first Mondays in April, July, and December;

(2) in Henderson County on the first Mondays in February, June, and September; and

(3) in Houston County on the first Mondays in March, August, and October.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.104: 4th Judicial District (Rusk County)

(a) The 4th Judicial District is composed of Rusk County.

(b) The terms of the 4th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.01, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 24.105: 5th Judicial District (Bowie and Cass Counties)

(a) The 5th Judicial District is composed of Bowie and Cass counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, each district court in Bowie and Cass counties has the civil and criminal jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) In Bowie County, the 5th Judicial District has concurrent jurisdiction with the 102nd Judicial District. Either court, in term or in vacation, may transfer a pending civil or criminal case to the other court by an order entered on the minutes of the transferring court.

(d) The terms of the 5th District Court begin:

(1) in Bowie County on the first Mondays in January and July; and

(2) in Cass County on the first Mondays in February, May, August, and November.

(e) The 5th and 102nd district courts may sit in Bowie County in Texarkana, in addition to Boston, to try, hear, and determine nonjury civil or criminal cases, motions, arguments, and other nonjury matters.

(f) When the courts sit in Texarkana, the Bowie County district clerk or the clerk's deputy shall serve as clerk of the courts and may transfer all necessary books, minutes, and records to Texarkana or Boston when necessary. The Bowie County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the courts in Texarkana and perform all duties required by law or by the court.

(g) The Commissioners Court of Bowie County may provide suitable quarters for the 5th and 102nd district courts in Texarkana or may make an agreement with the City of Texarkana to provide quarters.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1012, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 24.106: 6th Judicial District ( Lamar and Red River Counties)

(a) The 6th Judicial District is composed of Lamar and Red River counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, each district court in Red River County has the civil and criminal jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) In Red River County, the 6th Judicial District has concurrent jurisdiction with the 102nd Judicial District. In Lamar County, the 6th Judicial District has concurrent jurisdiction with the 62nd Judicial District.

(d) In any county in the district in which there are two or more district courts, the judges of those courts may, in their discretion, either in termtime or in vacation, on motion of any party, on agreement of the parties, or on their own motion, transfer any civil or criminal case or proceeding on their dockets to the docket of one of the other district courts. In Lamar County, the judges may transfer a case by an order entered in the minutes of the transferring court. The judges of the courts may, in their discretion, exchange benches or districts from time to time. Any of the judges may in his own courtroom try and determine any case or proceeding pending in any of the other courts without having the case transferred or may sit in any of the other courts and hear and determine any case or proceeding pending in one of those courts. Two or more judges may try different cases in the same court at the same time and each may occupy his own courtroom or the room of any other court. In case of absence, sickness, or disqualification of any of the judges, any other of the judges may hold court for him. Any of the judges may hear and determine any part or question of any case or proceeding pending in any of the courts, and any other of the judges may complete the hearing and render judgment in the proceeding. Any of the judges may hear and determine motions, petitions for injunction, applications for appointment of receivers, interventions, motions to transfer venue, pleas in abatement and all dilatory pleas, motions for new trials, and all preliminary matters, questions, and proceedings, and may enter judgment or order on them in the court in which the case or proceeding is pending without having the matter transferred to the court of the acting judge. The judge in whose court the matter is pending may proceed to hear, complete, and determine the matter or all or any part of any other matter and may render final judgment on it. Any of the judges of the courts may issue restraining orders and injunctions returnable to any of the other courts. This subsection does not limit the powers of the judges when acting for any other judge by exchange of benches or otherwise.

(e) The terms of the 6th District Court in each county in the district begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 1(c), eff. January 1, 2010.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 1(d), eff. January 1, 2010.

Sec. 24.107: 7th Judicial District (Smith County)

(a) The 7th Judicial District is composed of Smith County.

(b) The terms of the 7th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.108: 8th Judicial District (Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, and Rains Counties)

(a) The 8th Judicial District is composed of Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, and Rains counties.

(b) In any county in the district in which there are two or more district courts, those district courts have concurrent jurisdiction in that county.

(c) In any county in the district in which there are two or more district courts, the judges of those courts may, in their discretion, either in termtime or in vacation, on motion of any party, on agreement of the parties, or on their own motion, transfer any civil or criminal case or proceeding on their dockets to the docket of one of the other district courts. The judges in Delta and Franklin counties may transfer a case by an order entered on the minutes of the transferring court. The judges of the courts may, in their discretion, exchange benches or districts from time to time. If a judge of one of the courts is disqualified, he may transfer the case or proceeding from his court to one of the other courts. Any of the judges may in his own courtroom try and determine any case or proceeding pending in any of the other courts without having the case transferred or may sit in any of the other courts and hear and determine any case or proceeding pending in one of those courts. Two or more judges may try different cases in the same court at the same time and each may occupy his own courtroom or the room of any other court. In case of absence, sickness, or disqualification of any of the judges, any other of the judges may hold court for him. Any of the judges may hear and determine any part or question of any case or proceeding pending in any of the courts, and any other of the judges may complete the hearing and render judgment in the proceeding. Any of the judges may hear and determine motions, petitions for injunction, applications for appointment of receivers, interventions, motions to transfer venue, pleas in abatement and all dilatory pleas, motions for new trials, and all preliminary matters, questions, and proceedings, and may enter judgment or order on them in the court in which the case or proceeding is pending without having the matter transferred to the court of the acting judge. The judge in whose court the matter is pending may proceed to hear, complete, and determine the matter or all or any part of any other matter and may render final judgment on it. Any of the judges of the courts may issue restraining orders and injunctions returnable to any of the other courts. This subsection does not limit the powers of the judges when acting for any other judge by exchange of benches or otherwise.

(d) The terms of the 8th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.109: 9th Judicial District (Montgomery County)

(a) The 9th Judicial District is composed of Montgomery County.

(b) The terms of the 9th District Court begin on the first Monday in January and the first Monday in July.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1308, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 9(b), eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.110: 410th Judicial District (Montgomery County)

(a) The 410th Judicial District is composed of Montgomery County.

(b) The terms of the 410th District Court begin on the first Monday in January and the first Monday in July.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 657 (H.B. 3199), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.111: 10th Judicial District (Galveston County)

(a) The 10th Judicial District is composed of Galveston County.

(b) The terms of the 10th and 56th district courts begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) In all suits, actions, or proceedings in the district courts in Galveston County, it is sufficient for the address or designation to be the "District Court of Galveston County."

Comments

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

Sec. 24.112: 11th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 11th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Except as provided by Subsection (g), the provisions of this section apply to the 11th, 55th, 61st, 80th, 113th, 125th, 127th, 129th, 133rd, 151st, 152nd, 157th, 164th, and 165th judicial districts.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

(d) In all suits, actions, or proceedings in the district courts, it is sufficient for the address or designation to be "District Court of Harris County."

(e) The judge of each district court shall sign the minutes of each court term not later than the 30th day after the end of the term and shall also sign the minutes at the end of each volume of the minutes. Each judge sitting in the court shall sign the minutes of the proceedings that were held before him.

(f) The judge of each district court may take the same vacation as the other district court judges of Harris County at any time during the year. During the judge's vacation, the court term remains open, and the judge of any other district court may hold court during the judge's vacation. The judges of the district courts shall, by agreement among themselves, take their vacations alternately so that there are at all times at least six district court judges in the county.

(g) Subsection (h) applies to the 11th, 55th, 61st, 80th, 113th, 125th, 127th, 129th, 133rd, 151st, 152nd, 157th, 164th, 165th, 189th, 190th, 215th, 234th, 269th, 270th, 280th, 281st, 295th, 333rd, and 334th judicial districts.

(h) The judges of the district courts listed in Subsection (g) by agreement shall designate one of the listed district courts as the domestic violence district court for Harris County. In designating the domestic violence district court, the judges shall give preference to a district court:

(1) that has a judicial vacancy at the time of the agreement; or

(2) for which the sitting judge of the district court has not at the time of the agreement announced a candidacy or become a candidate in the upcoming election for that judicial office.

(i) Subject to any jurisdictional limitations, the district court designated under Subsection (h) as the domestic violence district court shall give preference to domestic violence cases, including cases involving:

(1) dating violence, as defined by Section 71.0021, Family Code; and

(2) family violence, as defined by Section 71.004, Family Code.

(j) For the purposes of determining the preference the designated domestic violence district court is required to give cases under Subsection (i):

(1) a domestic violence case means:

(A) an original application for a protective order under Title 4, Family Code;

(B) an original application for a protective order under Title 4, Family Code, that involves both parties and is filed concurrently with an original petition under the Family Code; and

(C) any matter involving custody of a minor child if one parent is alleged to have caused the death of another parent and there is a history of domestic violence in the parents' relationship; and

(2) subject to judicial discretion and resources, the designated domestic violence district court may also hear divorce and custody cases in which:

(A) a court has made an affirmative finding of family violence involving both parties; or

(B) a protective order has been issued under Title 4, Family Code, involving both parties.

(k) The designated domestic violence district court shall:

(1) provide timely and efficient access to emergency protective orders and other court remedies for persons the court determines are victims of domestic violence;

(2) integrate victims' services for persons the court determines are victims of domestic violence who have a case before the court; and

(3) promote an informed and consistent court response to domestic violence cases to lessen the number of misdemeanors, felonies, and fatalities related to domestic violence in Harris County.

(l) The Harris County district clerk shall create a form and establish procedures to transfer a domestic violence case that qualifies for preference under this section to the domestic violence district court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 90, Sec. 5, eff. Aug. 30, 1993.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 572 (S.B. 2217), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.113: 12th Judicial District (Grimes, Madison, and Walker Counties)

The 12th Judicial District is composed of Grimes, Madison, and Walker counties.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 1.01(a), eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 24.114: 13th Judicial District (Navarro County)

(a) The 13th Judicial District is composed of Navarro County.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, each district court in Navarro County has the civil jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) The terms of the 13th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(d) The judge of the 13th District Court shall impanel grand juries at the April and October terms and at any other terms as ordered by the judge.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.115: 14th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 14th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the 14th District Court begin on the second Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) Except for Subsection (b), which applies only to the 14th District Court, this section applies to the 14th, 44th, 68th, 95th, 101st, 116th, 134th, 160th, and 162nd district courts, the Criminal Judicial District of Dallas County, and the Criminal Judicial Districts Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of Dallas County.

(d) The district courts and criminal district courts having jurisdiction in Dallas County have concurrent jurisdiction.

(e) The judges of the district and criminal district courts of Dallas County shall, by agreement among themselves, take vacations so that there are at all times at least three judges of those courts in the county.

(f) Repealed by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 90, Sec. 3, eff. Aug. 30, 1993.

(g) The Dallas County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the courts when required by law or by the judge.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.44(2), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 90, Sec. 3, eff. Aug. 30, 1993.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 13(a), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.116: 15th Judicial District (Grayson County)

(a) The 15th Judicial District is composed of Grayson County.

(b) The 15th and 59th judicial districts have concurrent jurisdiction in Grayson County.

(c) The terms of the 15th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 610 (H.B. 2174), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.117: 16th Judicial District (Denton County)

(a) The 16th Judicial District is composed of Denton County.

(b) The terms of the 16th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July of each year.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 649, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989.

Sec. 24.118: 17th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 17th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 17th, 48th, 67th, 96th, and 153rd district courts have concurrent jurisdiction in Tarrant County.

(c) The terms of the 17th and 96th district courts begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(d) The 17th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 580 (S.B. 2454), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 24.119: 18th Judicial District (Johnson and Somervell Counties)

(a) The 18th Judicial District is composed of Johnson and Somervell counties.

(b) The terms of the 18th District Court in each county in the district begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.27(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.120: 19th Judicial District (Mclennan County)

(a) The 19th Judicial District is composed of McLennan County.

(b) The 19th, 54th, 74th, 170th, and 414th district courts have concurrent jurisdiction in McLennan County.

(b-1) The 19th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court and the statutory county courts of McLennan County in misdemeanor cases as well as the jurisdiction prescribed by general law for district courts.

(c) The terms of the 19th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 848 (S.B. 2230), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 24.121: 20th Judicial District (Milam County)

(a) The 20th Judicial District is composed of Milam County.

(b) The terms of the 20th District Court begin on the third Mondays in January, May, and September.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.122: 21st Judicial District (Bastrop, Burleson, Lee, and Washington Counties)

(a) The 21st Judicial District is composed of Bastrop, Burleson, Lee, and Washington counties.

(b) The terms of the 21st District Court begin:

(1) in Bastrop County on the second Tuesday in January and the 15th Tuesday after the first Tuesday in March;

(2) in Burleson County on the 10th Tuesdays after the first Tuesdays in March and September;

(3) in Lee County on the sixth Tuesdays after the first Tuesdays in March and September; and

(4) in Washington County on the first Tuesdays in March and September.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.123: 22nd Judicial District (Caldwell, Comal, and Hays Counties)

(a) The 22nd Judicial District is composed of Caldwell, Comal, and Hays counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, each district court in Comal County has the civil and criminal jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) The terms of the 22nd District Court begin:

(1) in Caldwell County on the first Mondays in March, June, September, and December;

(2) in Comal County on the first Mondays in April, July, October, and January; and

(3) in Hays County on the first Mondays in February, May, August, and November.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.124: 23rd Judicial District (Matagorda and Wharton Counties)

(a) The 23rd Judicial District is composed of Matagorda and Wharton counties.

(b) The terms of the 23rd District Court begin:

(1) in Matagorda County on the first Mondays in June and December, and the terms are designated the June-November and December-May terms; and

(2) in Wharton County on the first Mondays in July and January, and the terms are designated the July-December and January-June terms.

(c) There is one general docket for the 23rd and 130th district courts in Matagorda County. All suits and proceedings within the jurisdiction of the courts in Matagorda County shall be addressed to the district court of Matagorda County. All citations, notices, restraining orders, and other process issued in Matagorda County by the clerk or judges of the courts are returnable to the district court of Matagorda County without reference to the court number. On return of the process the judge of either court may preside over the hearing or trial. The judges of the 23rd and 130th district courts in Matagorda County may hear and dispose of any matter on the courts' general docket without transferring the matter.

(d) The Matagorda County district clerk shall keep one set of minutes in which the clerk shall record all judgments and orders of the 23rd and 130th district courts in Matagorda County. Each of the judges of the 23rd and 130th district courts in Matagorda County shall sign the minutes of each term of those courts not later than the 30th day after the end of each term, shall sign the minutes at the end of each column of the minutes, and shall sign the minutes of the proceedings that were held before him.

(e) Each of the judges of the 23rd and 130th district courts may take a vacation and not attend court for six weeks in each year. The judges by agreement between themselves shall take their vacations alternately so that there are at all times at least one judge in his judicial district.

(f) There is one general docket for the 23rd and 329th district courts in Wharton County. All suits and proceedings within the jurisdiction of the courts in Wharton County shall be addressed to the district court of Wharton County. All citations, notices, restraining orders, and other process issued in Wharton County by the clerk or judges of the courts are returnable to the district court of Wharton County without reference to the court number. On return of the process the judge of either court may preside over the hearing or trial. The judges of the 23rd and 329th district courts in Wharton County may hear and dispose of any matter on the courts' general docket, both civil and criminal, without transferring the matter.

(g) The Wharton County district clerk shall keep one set of minutes in which the clerk shall record all judgments and orders of the 23rd and 329th district courts in Wharton County. Each of the judges of the 23rd and 329th district courts in Wharton County shall sign the minutes of each term of those courts not later than the 30th day after the end of each term, shall sign the minutes at the end of each column of the minutes, and shall sign the minutes of the proceedings that were held before him.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 196, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.02(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.02(b), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 24.125: 24th Judicial District (Calhoun, Dewitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria Counties)

(a) The 24th Judicial District is composed of Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria counties.

(b) The terms of the 24th District Court begin:

(1) in Calhoun County on the fourth Mondays in April and October;

(2) in DeWitt County on the second Mondays in January and July;

(3) in Goliad County on the first Mondays in February and August;

(4) in Jackson County on the fourth Mondays in January and July;

(5) in Refugio County on the third Mondays in April and October; and

(6) in Victoria County on the second Mondays in March and September.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.126: 25th Judicial District (Colorado, Gonzales, Guadalupe, and Lavaca Counties)

(a) The 25th Judicial District is composed of Colorado, Gonzales, Guadalupe, and Lavaca counties.

(b) The 25th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the Second 25th District Court.

(c) The terms of the 25th District Court begin:

(1) in Colorado County on the first Mondays in February and September;

(2) in Gonzales County on the first Mondays in January and June;

(3) in Guadalupe County on the first Mondays in March and October; and

(4) in Lavaca County on the first Mondays in April and November.

(d) The judges of the 25th and Second 25th judicial districts may hear and dispose of any suit or proceeding on either court's docket without transferring the suit or proceeding. The judges may transfer cases from one court to the other by an order entered on the docket of the court from which the matter was transferred. A case may not be transferred without the permission of the judge of the court to which the case is to be transferred.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.127: Second 25th Judicial District (Colorado, Gonzales, Guadalupe, and Lavaca Counties)

(a) The Second 25th Judicial District is composed of Colorado, Gonzales, Guadalupe, and Lavaca counties.

(b) The terms of the Second 25th District Court begin:

(1) in Colorado County on the first Mondays in April and November;

(2) in Gonzales County on the first Mondays in May and December;

(3) in Guadalupe County on the first Mondays in February and September; and

(4) in Lavaca County on the first Mondays in January and June.

(c) Section 24.126, relating to the 25th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Second 25th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.128: 26th Judicial District (Williamson County)

(a) The 26th Judicial District is composed of Williamson County.

(b) The terms of the 26th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 530, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 363, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Sec. 24.129: 27th Judicial District (Bell and Lampasas Counties)

(a) The 27th Judicial District is composed of Bell and Lampasas counties.

(b) The 27th, 146th, 169th, 264th, and 426th judicial districts have concurrent jurisdiction in Bell County.

(c) The terms of the 27th District Court begin:

(1) in Bell County on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October; and

(2) in Lampasas County on the first Mondays in March and September and may continue in session until the Saturday night before the Monday on which the next session convenes.

(d) A grand jury may not be impaneled in the district courts in Bell County except by special order of the presiding judge.

(e) By order entered on the minutes of the court, the presiding judge of the district courts in Bell County may in his discretion, either in termtime or vacation, transfer any civil or criminal case to any of the other district courts. The order of transfer and all other orders made in the case shall be copied and certified by the clerk and the certified copies of the orders shall be filed with the papers of the transferred case. The additional fees caused by the transfer shall be taxed as part of the costs of the suit. When a cause is transferred, the clerk shall enter the cause on the docket of the court to which the transfer is made and the judge of that court shall try and dispose of the cause as if the cause had been filed in his court. Any of the judges may in his own courtroom try and determine any case or proceeding pending in any of the other courts without having the case transferred or may sit in any of the other courts and hear and determine any pending case. The judge hearing a transferred case shall indicate on the docket sheet and orders that he is sitting for that district. Two or more judges may try different cases in the same court at the same time, and each may occupy his own courtroom or the room of any other court. In case of absence, sickness, or disqualification, any of the other judges may hold court for him. All bail bonds, recognizances, or other obligations taken for the appearance of the defendants, parties, or witnesses in any of the district courts or in any inferior court in Bell County shall be binding on all the defendants, parties, and witnesses, and their sureties, in any of the courts in which the case is pending or to which the case is transferred. If a case is transferred, all process, bonds, recognizances, and obligations extant at the time of transfer shall be returned to and filed in the court to which the case is transferred and shall be valid and binding as if originally issued out of that court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 8(b), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 8(c), eff. January 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.130: 28th Judicial District (Nueces County)

(a) The 28th Judicial District is composed of Nueces County.

(b) The 28th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the 94th and 117th district courts in Nueces County.

(c) The terms of the 28th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July. The terms are designated the January-July and July-January terms.

(d) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 28th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts at law in Nueces County to receive a guilty plea in a misdemeanor case pending in a county court at law in Nueces County and dispose of the case, regardless of whether the case is transferred to the district court. The judgment, order, or action of the district court is valid and binding as if the case were pending in the district court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 24.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 72 (H.B. 2913), Sec. 1, eff. May 17, 2005.

Sec. 24.131: 29th Judicial District (Palo Pinto County)

(a) The 29th Judicial District is composed of Palo Pinto County.

(b) The terms of the 29th District Court begin on the first Monday in March, the first Monday after the third Saturday in June, and the first Monday after the fourth Saturday in October.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.132: 30th Judicial District (Wichita County)

(a) The 30th Judicial District is composed of Wichita County.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction prescribed by law, each district court in Wichita County has the civil jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) The terms of the 30th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(d) The 30th, 78th, and 89th district courts in Wichita County have concurrent jurisdiction.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.133: 31st Judicial District (Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Roberts, and Wheeler Counties)

(a) The 31st Judicial District is composed of Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Roberts, and Wheeler counties.

(b) The terms of the 31st District Court begin:

(1) in Gray County on the first Mondays in January and July;

(2) in Hemphill County on the second Monday in April and the first Monday in November;

(3) in Lipscomb County on the fourth Monday in March and the second Monday in September;

(4) in Roberts County on the second Monday in March and the fourth Monday in August; and

(5) in Wheeler County on the fourth Mondays in April and November.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.134: 32nd Judicial District (Fisher, Mitchell, and Nolan Counties)

(a) The 32nd Judicial District is composed of Fisher, Mitchell, and Nolan counties.

(b) The terms of the 32nd District Court in each county in the district begin on the first Mondays in January, May, and September.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 34, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2002.

Sec. 24.135: 33rd Judicial District (Blanco, Burnet, Llano, and San Saba Counties)

(a) The 33rd Judicial District is composed of Blanco, Burnet, Llano, and San Saba counties.

(b) The terms of the 33rd District Court begin:

(1) in Blanco County on the first Mondays in February and September;

(2) in Burnet County on the fourth Mondays in April and November;

(3) in Llano County on the first Mondays in April and November; and

(4) in San Saba County on the second Mondays in March and October.

(c) The judge of the 33rd District Court may impanel grand juries in each county. The judge of the 33rd District Court may alternate the drawing of grand juries with the judge of any other district court in each county within the 33rd Judicial District and may order grand and petit juries to be drawn for any term of the court as the judge determines is necessary, by an order entered in the minutes of the court. Indictments within each county may be returned to either court within that county.

(d) The 33rd District Court may hear and determine, in any county in the district convenient for the court, all preliminary or interlocutory matters in which a jury may not be demanded, in any case pending in any county in the district regardless of whether the case was filed in the county in which the hearing is held. Unless an objection is filed by a party to the suit, the 33rd District Court may hear, in any county in the district convenient for the court, any nonjury case pending in any county in the district, including divorces, adoptions, default judgments, and matters in which citation was by publication, regardless of whether the case was filed in the county in which the hearing is held.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.08(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 623, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 14, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 929 (H.B. 2150), Sec. 13, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.136: 34th Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 34th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) In El Paso County, the 34th, 41st, 65th, 120th, and 171st district courts have concurrent jurisdiction.

(c) The terms of the 34th District Court begin on the third Mondays in April and September and the first Mondays in January, July, and November.

(d) A grand jury may not be impaneled in any district court in El Paso County except the 34th District Court unless the judge of another district court in the county calls for a grand jury by special order.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 17, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Sec. 24.137: 35th Judicial District (Brown and Mills Counties)

(a) The 35th Judicial District is composed of Brown and Mills counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, each district court in Mills County has the civil jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) The terms of the 35th District Court begin:

(1) in Brown County on the first Mondays in February, June, and November; and

(2) in Mills County on the first Mondays in January, May, and October.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.09(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.138: 36th Judicial District (Aransas, Bee, Live Oak, Mcmullen, and San Patricio Counties)

(a) The 36th Judicial District is composed of Aransas, Bee, Live Oak, McMullen, and San Patricio counties.

(b) The terms of the 36th District Court begin:

(1) in Aransas County on the fourth Mondays in April and October;

(2) in Bee County on the first Mondays in April and October;

(3) in Live Oak County on the third Mondays in April and October;

(4) in McMullen County on the second Mondays in January and July; and

(5) in San Patricio County on the second Mondays in April and October.

(c) Each of the judges of the district courts in Aransas, Bee, Live Oak, McMullen, and San Patricio counties shall sign the minutes of each term of his court in each of the counties not later than the 30th day after the end of the term and shall also sign the minutes of the other courts covering the proceedings that were held before him.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 196, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 24.139: 37th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 37th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) This section applies to the 37th, 45th, 57th, 73rd, 131st, 144th, 150th, 166th, 175th, 186th, 187th, 224th, 225th, 226th, 227th, 285th, 288th, 289th, 290th, 379th, 386th, 399th, 407th, 408th, 436th, 437th, and 438th district courts in Bexar County.

(c) The district courts in Bexar County have concurrent jurisdiction.

(d) The 144th, 175th, 186th, 187th, 226th, 227th, 289th, 290th, 379th, 399th, and 437th district courts shall give preference to criminal cases. The terms of those courts begin on the first Mondays in January and July. Each term continues until the court has disposed of the business for that term.

(e) The terms of the 37th, 45th, 57th, 73rd, 131st, 150th, 166th, 224th, 225th, 285th, 288th, 407th, 408th, and 438th district courts begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(e-1) The 386th and 436th district courts shall give preference to juvenile matters under Title 3, Family Code. The terms of those courts begin on the first Mondays in July and January. Each term continues until the court has disposed of the business for that term.

(f) The district clerk shall docket successively on the dockets of the courts that do not give preference to criminal cases all civil cases and proceedings so that the civil cases and proceedings are docketed in rotation and equally distributed among the courts.

(g) The district clerk may consolidate the minutes of the district courts. If the clerk decides not to consolidate the minutes, the judge of each district court shall sign the minutes of each court term not later than the 30th day after the end of the term and shall also sign at the end of each volume of the minutes. Each judge sitting in a court shall sign the minutes of the proceedings held before him. If the clerk decides to consolidate the minutes, each judge may accept responsibility for the proceedings held before him by signing at the end of the minutes or at the end of the volume.

(h) All bonds taken for the appearance of defendants, parties, or witnesses in any district court or in any inferior court in Bexar County are binding on all defendants, parties, or witnesses, and their sureties, in any of the courts in which the case is pending or to which the case may be transferred. If a case is transferred, all process, bonds, recognizances, and obligations extant at the time of transfer shall be returned and filed in the court to which the case is transferred and are valid and binding as if originally issued out of that court.

(i) The judge of each district court may take a vacation at any time during the year. During a judge's vacation, the court term remains open, and the judge of any other district court may hold court during the judge's vacation. The judges of the district courts shall, by agreement among themselves, take their vacations so that there are district court judges in the county at all times.

(j) The Bexar County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend each court as required by law or by the judge.

(k) The judges of the courts that give preference to criminal cases may impanel special and general grand juries as needed or by agreement between the judges.

(l) By a majority vote, the judges of the courts that give preference to criminal cases may jointly appoint not more than four grand jury bailiffs. The bailiffs serve at the will of the judges and may be removed by a majority vote of the judges.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 90, Sec. 6, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 497, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 165 (H.B. 2936), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

Sec. 24.140: 38th Judicial District (Real and Uvalde Counties)

The 38th Judicial District is composed of Real and Uvalde counties.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.03(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 24.141: 39th Judicial District (Haskell, Kent, Stonewall, and Throckmorton Counties)

(a) The 39th Judicial District is composed of Haskell, Kent, Stonewall, and Throckmorton counties.

(b) The terms of the 39th District Court begin:

(1) in Haskell County on the first Monday in January, the 15th Monday after the first Monday in January, and the third Monday after the first Monday in September;

(2) in Kent County on the ninth Monday after the first Monday in January and the first Monday in September;

(3) in Stonewall County on the 6th and 20th Mondays after the first Monday in January and the ninth Monday after the first Monday in September; and

(4) in Throckmorton County on the 12th and 23rd Mondays after the first Monday in January and the 12th Monday after the first Monday in September.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.142: 40th Judicial District (Ellis County)

(a) The 40th Judicial District is composed of Ellis County.

(b) The terms of the 40th District Court begin on the first Mondays in March, June, September, and December.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.143: 41st Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 41st Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) The terms of the 41st District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, March, May, September, and November.

(c) Section 24.136, relating to the 34th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 41st District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.144: 42nd Judicial District (Callahan, Coleman, and Taylor Counties)

(a) The 42nd Judicial District is composed of Callahan, Coleman, and Taylor counties.

(b) The 42nd District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the 104th District Court in Taylor County.

(c) The terms of the 42nd District Court begin:

(1) in Callahan County on the first Mondays in January and July;

(2) in Coleman County on the first Mondays in January and July; and

(3) in Taylor County on the first Monday in January, on the 15th Monday after the first Monday in January, and on the first Monday in September.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1385, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 24.145: 43rd Judicial District (Parker County)

(a) The 43rd Judicial District is composed of Parker County.

(b) The terms of the 43rd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.146: 44th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 44th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the 44th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, June, and October.

(c) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 44th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.147: 45th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 45th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 45th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.148: 46th Judicial District (Foard, Hardeman, and Wilbarger Counties)

(a) The 46th Judicial District is composed of Foard, Hardeman, and Wilbarger counties.

(b) The terms of the 46th District Court begin:

(1) in Foard County on the 6th, 17th, and 36th Mondays after the first Monday in January;

(2) in Hardeman County on the 8th, 19th, 38th, and 47th Mondays after the first Monday in January; and

(3) in Wilbarger County on the first Monday in January and the 11th, 22nd, and 41st Mondays after the first Monday in January.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.149: 47th Judicial District (Armstrong, Potter, and Randall Counties)

(a) The 47th Judicial District is composed of Armstrong, Potter, and Randall counties.

(b) The 47th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the 181st District Court in Randall and Potter counties. The 47th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the 108th District Court in Potter County.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1081, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.

(d) The judge may, in any county in the 47th Judicial District:

(1) hear and determine all preliminary and interlocutory matters in which a jury may not be demanded, regardless of whether the case is filed in the county in which the hearing is held; and

(2) unless objection is filed by a party to the suit, hear any nonjury case, including divorces, adoptions, default judgments, and matters where citation was by publication, regardless of whether the case is filed in the county in which the hearing is held.

(e) The judge of the 47th District Court may transfer a case to the docket of any district court that has jurisdiction over the case with the approval of the judge of the court to which the case is transferred. If a case is transferred, all process and writs issued out of the transferring court are returnable to the court to which the case is transferred. All bonds executed and recognizances entered into in a transferring court shall bind the parties for their appearance or to fulfill the obligations of the bonds and recognizances at the terms of the court to which the transfer is made.

(f) Each sheriff of the counties in the district shall perform the duties prescribed by law in connection with the cases from that sheriff's county.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 50 (H.B. 593), Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2006.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1081 (H.B. 3378), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 24.150: 48th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 48th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The terms of the 48th District Court begin on the first Mondays in February, May, August, and November.

(c) Section 24.118, relating to the 17th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 48th District Court.

(d) The 48th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 580 (S.B. 2454), Sec. 2, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 24.151: 49th Judicial District (Webb and Zapata Counties)

(a) The 49th Judicial District is composed of Webb and Zapata counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 49th District Court has the civil and criminal jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) The 49th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the other district courts in Webb County.

(d) A criminal complaint may be presented to the grand jury of any district court in Webb County, and a resulting indictment may be returned to any other district court in Webb County with the appropriate criminal jurisdiction.

(e) The terms of the 49th District Court and the 341st District Court begin:

(1) in Webb County on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October; and

(2) in Zapata County on the first Mondays in February and August.

(f) In Webb County, the clerk of the district courts shall file all civil cases on the Clerk's Civil File Docket and shall number the cases consecutively. All civil cases not assigned and docketed in a district court based on the types of cases the court gives preference to under applicable law shall be assigned and docketed at random by the district clerk. The clerk shall keep a separate file docket, known as the Clerk's Criminal File Docket, for criminal cases. The clerk shall number the cases on the Clerk's Criminal File Docket consecutively with a separate series of numbers.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 34, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 121, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 205, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 17, eff. Jan. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 1(a), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 954 (H.B. 4037), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 750 (H.B. 1314), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2011.

Sec. 24.152: 50th Judicial District (Baylor, Cottle, King, and Knox Counties)

(a) The 50th Judicial District is composed of Baylor, Cottle, King, and Knox counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the district court in Baylor, Cottle, King, and Knox Counties has the civil and criminal jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) The terms of the 50th District Court in each county begin on the first Mondays in January and September.

(d) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, the judge of the county court in Baylor, Cottle, King, or Knox County may transfer a case to the judge of the 50th District Court with the approval of the district judge. When a case is transferred, all processes, writs, bonds, recognizances, or other obligations issued from the transferring court are returnable to the court to which the case is transferred as if originally issued by that court. The obligees in all bonds and recognizances taken in and for a court from which a case is transferred, and all witnesses summoned to appear in a court from which a case is transferred, are required to appear before the court to which a case is transferred as if originally required to appear before the court to which the transfer is made.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 342, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1146, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1148, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1495, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 515 (H.B. 788), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.153: 51st Judicial District (Coke, Irion, Schleicher, Sterling, and Tom Green Counties)

(a) The 51st Judicial District is composed of Coke, Irion, Schleicher, Sterling, and Tom Green counties.

(b) The terms of the 51st District Court begin:

(1) in Coke County on the first Mondays in February and August;

(2) in Irion County on the first Mondays in March and September;

(3) in Schleicher County on the first Mondays in April and October;

(4) in Sterling County on the first Mondays in May and November; and

(5) in Tom Green County on the first Mondays in January and June.

(c) The judges of the 51st, 119th, 340th, and 391st district courts may, in their discretion, exchange benches and sit for each other without formal order in each county in those districts, including counties in which the districts do not overlap. Any of the judges may, in his own courtroom, try and determine any case or proceeding pending in any of the other courts without having the case transferred, or may sit in any of the other courts and hear and determine any case pending in one of those courts. The judges may try different cases filed in the same court at the same time, and each may occupy his own courtroom or the room of any other court. In case of absence, sickness, or disqualification of any of the judges, any of the other judges may hold court for him. Any of the judges may hear and determine any part or question of a case or proceeding pending in any of the courts, and any of the other judges may complete the hearing and render judgment in the case. Any of the judges may hear and determine motions, petitions for injunction, applications for appointment of receivers, interventions, motions to transfer venue, pleas in abatement, all dilatory pleas, motions for new trials, and all preliminary matters, questions, and proceedings, and may enter judgment or order thereon in the court in which the case is pending without having the case transferred to the court of the acting judge. The judge in whose court the case is pending may proceed to hear, complete, and determine any part or all of the case or other matter and render final judgment. Any of the judges may issue restraining orders and injunctions returnable to any of the other judges or courts.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 6, eff. Oct. 1, 1999.

Sec. 24.154: 52nd Judicial District (Coryell County)

(a) The 52nd Judicial District is composed of Coryell County.

(b) The terms of the 52nd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 2.01, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.155: 53rd Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 53rd Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The 53rd, 98th, and 126th district courts have concurrent jurisdiction.

(c) The terms of the 53rd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, March, May, and October.

(d) The judges of the district courts in Travis County do not have a duty to impanel grand juries but may impanel grand juries when they consider it necessary.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 355), Sec. 1, eff. May 14, 2007.

Sec. 24.156: 54th Judicial District (Mclennan County)

(a) The 54th Judicial District is composed of McLennan County.

(a-1) The 54th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court and the statutory county courts of McLennan County in misdemeanor cases as well as the jurisdiction prescribed by general law for district courts.

(b) The terms of the 54th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, March, May, July, September, and November.

(c) Section 24.120, relating to the 19th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 54th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 848 (S.B. 2230), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 24.157: 55th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 55th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 55th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.158: 56th Judicial District (Galveston County)

(a) The 56th Judicial District is composed of Galveston County.

(b) Section 24.111, relating to the 10th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 56th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.159: 57th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 57th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 57th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.160: 58th Judicial District (Jefferson County)

(a) The 58th Judicial District is composed of Jefferson County.

(b) The 58th, 60th, and 136th district courts have concurrent jurisdiction.

(c) The terms of the 58th and 60th district courts begin on the first Mondays in January and July. The first term is designated the January-June term, and the second term is designated the July-December term.

(d) In all suits, actions, and proceedings, it is sufficient for the address or designation to be "District Court of Jefferson County."

(e) The 58th, 60th, and 136th district courts may sit at the City of Port Arthur, in addition to Beaumont, to try, hear, and determine nonjury cases and to hear and determine motions, arguments, and the other nonjury matters that are within the jurisdiction of the courts. The district clerk or his deputy serves as clerk of a court when it sits in Port Arthur and may transfer all necessary books, minutes, records, and papers to Port Arthur while the court is in session there and transfer them from Port Arthur to Beaumont at the end of each session in Port Arthur. The Commissioners Court of Jefferson County may provide suitable quarters in the subcourthouse in Port Arthur for a court while it sits in Port Arthur. The Jefferson County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the courts in Port Arthur and perform all duties required by law or court order.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.161: 59th Judicial District (Grayson County)

(a) The 59th Judicial District is composed of Grayson County.

(b) The terms of the 59th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) The judge of the 59th District Court may impanel the grand jury in Grayson County as provided by law for any terms of his court that he considers proper.

(d) Section 24.116, relating to the 15th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 59th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 610 (H.B. 2174), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.162: 60th Judicial District (Jefferson County)

(a) The 60th Judicial District is composed of Jefferson County.

(b) Section 24.160, relating to the 58th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 60th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.163: 61st Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 61st Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 61st District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.164: 62nd Judicial District (Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, and Lamar Counties)

(a) The 62nd Judicial District is composed of Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, and Lamar counties.

(b) In any county in the district in which there are two or more district courts, those district courts have concurrent jurisdiction in that county.

(c) The terms of the 62nd District Court in each county begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(d) The judge of the 62nd District Court is not required to impanel a grand jury in that court in any county of the district unless the judge considers it necessary.

(e) Section 24.108, relating to the 8th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 62nd District Court in Delta, Franklin, and Hopkins counties.

(f) Section 24.106, relating to the 6th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 62nd District Court in Lamar County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.165: 63rd Judicial District (Kinney, Terrell, and Val Verde Counties)

(a) The 63rd Judicial District is composed of Kinney, Terrell, and Val Verde counties.

(b) The terms of the 63rd District Court begin:

(1) in Kinney County on the first Mondays in April and October;

(2) in Terrell County on the first Monday in February and the third Monday in August; and

(3) in Val Verde County on the first Mondays in January and June.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 852 (H.B. 3796), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

Sec. 24.166: 64th Judicial District (Castro, Hale, and Swisher Counties)

(a) The 64th Judicial District is composed of Castro, Hale, and Swisher counties.

(b) The terms of the 64th District Court in each county of the district begin on the first Mondays in January and July and are designated the January and July terms.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.167: 327th Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 327th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) The terms of the 327th District Court begin on the first Mondays in February, April, June, September, October, and December.

(c) Section 24.136, relating to the 34th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 327th District Court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 317, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1996.

Sec. 24.168: 66th Judicial District (Hill County)

(a) The 66th Judicial District is composed of Hill County.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 66th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the County Court of Hill County and the statutory county courts in Hill County in all civil and criminal matters over which the county court and the statutory county courts would have original or appellate jurisdiction. The district court has control over the assignment of cases as prescribed by Sections 25.1112 and 26.209.

(c) The terms of the 66th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 959 (H.B. 1622), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.169: 67th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 67th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The terms of the 67th District Court begin on the first Mondays in March, June, September, and December.

(c) Section 24.118, relating to the 17th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 67th District Court.

(d) The 67th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 580 (S.B. 2454), Sec. 3, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 24.170: 68th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 68th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the 68th District Court begin on the first Mondays in February, May, September, and December.

(c) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 68th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.171: 69th Judicial District (Dallam, Hartley, Moore, and Sherman Counties)

(a) The 69th Judicial District is composed of Dallam, Hartley, Moore, and Sherman counties.

(b) The terms of the 69th District Court begin:

(1) in Dallam County on the 16th Monday after the second Mondays in January and July;

(2) in Hartley County on the 12th Monday after the second Mondays in January and July;

(3) in Moore County on the 10th Monday after the second Mondays in January and July; and

(4) in Sherman County on the 14th Monday after the second Mondays in January and July.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.172: 70th Judicial District (Ector County)

(a) The 70th Judicial District is composed of Ector County.

(b) The terms of the 70th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) The judges of the 70th and 118th district courts may take a vacation and not attend court for six weeks in each year. The judges, by agreement, shall take their vacations alternately so that a judge is present in one of the courts at all times.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 880, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 31, 1987.

Sec. 24.173: 71st Judicial District (Harrison County)

(a) The 71st Judicial District is composed of Harrison County.

(b) The terms of the 71st District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, March, May, July, September, and November and continue until the Saturday before the next succeeding term begins or until the court has disposed of the business for that term.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.174: 72nd Judicial District (Crosby and Lubbock Counties)

(a) The 72nd Judicial District is composed of Crosby and Lubbock counties.

(b) The terms of the 72nd District Court begin:

(1) in Crosby County on the second Mondays in May and November; and

(2) in Lubbock County on the second Mondays in February and August.

(c) The 72nd, 99th, 137th, and 140th district courts have concurrent jurisdiction in Lubbock County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.175: 73rd Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 73rd Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 73rd District Court.

(c) The 73rd District Court shall give preference to civil cases and to cases and proceedings under Title 3, Family Code.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 67, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 24.176: 74th Judicial District (Mclennan County)

(a) The 74th Judicial District is composed of McLennan County.

(a-1) The 74th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court and the statutory county courts of McLennan County in misdemeanor cases as well as the jurisdiction prescribed by general law for district courts.

(b) The terms of the 74th District Court begin on the second Mondays in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

(c) Section 24.120, relating to the 19th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 74th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 848 (S.B. 2230), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 24.177: 75th Judicial District (Liberty County)

(a) The 75th Judicial District is composed of Liberty County.

(b) The terms of the 75th District Court begin on the first Mondays in April and October.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.178: 76th Judicial District (Camp, Morris, and Titus Counties)

(a) The 76th Judicial District is composed of Camp, Morris, and Titus counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, each district court in Morris County has the civil jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) In Camp and Morris counties, the 76th District Court and the county court have concurrent jurisdiction over all original and appellate criminal matters over which the county court has jurisdiction under the constitution and laws of this state. In each county, matters and proceedings in the concurrent jurisdiction of the courts may be filed in or transferred between the 76th District Court and the county court. All writs and processes issued and bonds and recognizances made in transferred cases are returnable to the court to which the case is transferred as if originally issued in that court.

(d) In Camp, Morris, and Titus counties, the 76th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the 276th District Court. The judges of the courts may transfer any case to be tried in Camp County, Morris County, or Titus County with the consent of the court to which the case is to be transferred. Each judge may sit in the other court without transferring the case.

(e) The terms of the 76th District Court begin:

(1) in Camp County on the first Mondays in March and April;

(2) in Morris County on the first Mondays in January, May, July, and November and the third Monday in September; and

(3) in Titus County on the first Mondays in February, August, September, October, and December.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.179: 77th Judicial District (Freestone and Limestone Counties)

(a) The 77th Judicial District is composed of Freestone and Limestone counties.

(b) The 77th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the 87th District Court in Freestone and Limestone counties.

(c) The terms of the 77th District Court begin:

(1) in Freestone County on the first Mondays in February, May, August, and November; and

(2) in Limestone County on the first Mondays in December, March, June, and September.

(d) The judge of the 77th District Court shall impanel grand juries in Limestone County at the March and September terms and in Freestone County at the May and November terms and at any other terms of the court in each county as ordered by the judge.

(e) The clerk of the district courts in each of the counties of Limestone and Freestone shall prepare civil, criminal, divorce, and tax dockets for each district court and shall file each new case in the court in which the party filing the case directed the clerk to file it. Each criminal case shall be originally filed in the court to which the indictment or information is returned. The district clerk in each county shall place letters on the envelope containing the file papers in each case after the number of the case, designating by the letter "A" cases pending in the 77th District Court and by the letter "B" cases pending in the 87th District Court.

(f) The judges of the 77th and 87th judicial districts may, in their discretion, either in termtime or in vacation, on motion of any party, on agreement of the parties, or on their own motion to facilitate the administration of justice or to equalize the case load, transfer any civil or criminal cause on their dockets to the docket of the other court. The transfer shall be entered on the minutes of the court and the cause shall be tried and disposed of as if it had been originally filed in that court. The transferring court need not hold a formal proceeding to transfer a cause. The receiving court need not receive the transcript of the transferred cause to have jurisdiction over the cause.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.180: 78th Judicial District (Wichita County)

(a) The 78th Judicial District is composed of Wichita County.

(b) The terms of the 78th District Court begin on the first Mondays in March, June, September, and December.

(c) Section 24.132, relating to the 30th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 78th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.181: 79th Judicial District (Brooks and Jim Wells Counties)

(a) The 79th Judicial District is composed of Brooks and Jim Wells counties.

(b) The terms of the 79th District Court begin:

(1) in Brooks County at 10 a.m. on the first Mondays in February and September; and

(2) in Jim Wells County at 10 a.m. on the first Mondays in March and October.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.182: 80th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 80th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 80th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.183: 81st Judicial District (Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, Lasalle, and Wilson Counties)

(a) The 81st Judicial District is composed of Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, LaSalle, and Wilson counties.

(b) The terms of the 81st District Court begin:

(1) in Atascosa County on the third Mondays in March and September;

(2) in Frio County on the fourth Mondays in May and November;

(3) in Karnes County on the first Mondays in May and November;

(4) in LaSalle County on the first Mondays in March and September; and

(5) in Wilson County on the second Mondays in April and October.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.184: 82nd Judicial District (Falls and Robertson Counties)

(a) The 82nd Judicial District is composed of Falls and Robertson counties.

(b) The terms of the 82nd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.10(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 141, Sec. 1, eff. May 25, 1989.

Sec. 24.185: 83rd Judicial District (Pecos, Terrell, and Val Verde Counties)

(a) The 83rd Judicial District is composed of Pecos, Terrell, and Val Verde counties.

(b) The 83rd and 112th district courts have concurrent jurisdiction in Pecos County.

(c) The 83rd and 63rd district courts have concurrent jurisdiction in Terrell and Val Verde counties.

(d) The terms of the 83rd District Court begin on the second Monday in January and July.

(e) In each of the counties of Pecos, Terrell, and Val Verde, a petition or other pleading filed in the district courts is sufficient if addressed "To The District Court of Pecos County, Texas,", "To The District Court of Terrell County, Texas,", or "To The District Court of Val Verde County, Texas," respectively, without giving the number of the district court in the address.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 509, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 18, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 18, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 797, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 24, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 24.186: 84th Judicial District (Hansford, Hutchinson, and Ochiltree Counties)

(a) The 84th Judicial District is composed of Hansford, Hutchinson, and Ochiltree counties.

(b) The terms of the 84th District Court begin:

(1) in Hansford County on the third Monday in March and the second Monday in September;

(2) in Hutchinson County on the first Monday in June and the fourth Monday in November; and

(3) in Ochiltree County on the fourth Monday in April and the second Monday in October.

(c) Each term provided by Subsection (b) begins at 10 a.m. on the first day of the term.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.187: 85th Judicial District (Brazos County)

(a) The 85th Judicial District is composed of Brazos County.

(b) The 85th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the statutory county courts of Brazos County in misdemeanor cases as well as the jurisdiction prescribed by general law for district courts.

(c) The terms of the 85th District Court begin on the first Mondays in April and October.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 280, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 24.188: 86th Judicial District (Kaufman County)

(a) The 86th Judicial District is composed of Kaufman County.

(b) The terms of the 86th District Court begin on the first Mondays in February and July.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 1124, Sec. 3, eff. June 20, 1987.

Sec. 24.189: 87th Judicial District (Anderson, Freestone, Leon, and Limestone Counties)

(a) The 87th Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Freestone, Leon, and Limestone counties.

(b) The terms of the 87th District Court begin:

(1) in Anderson County on the first Mondays in February and August;

(2) in Freestone County on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October;

(3) in Leon County on the fifth Monday after the first Mondays in May and November; and

(4) in Limestone County on the first Mondays in May and November.

(c) The judge of the 87th District Court shall impanel grand juries in Limestone County at the May and November terms and in Freestone County at the January and July terms and at any other terms of the court as ordered by the judge.

(d) Section 24.179, relating to the 77th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 87th District Court in Freestone and Limestone counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.190: 88th Judicial District (Hardin and Tyler Counties)

(a) The 88th Judicial District is composed of Hardin and Tyler counties.

(b) The terms of the 88th District Court begin:

(1) in Hardin County on the first Mondays in April and October; and

(2) in Tyler County on the first Mondays in June and December.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.191: 89th Judicial District (Wichita County)

(a) The 89th Judicial District is composed of Wichita County.

(b) The terms of the 89th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) A grand jury may not be impaneled in the 89th District Court unless the judge of that court calls for a grand jury by special order on the minutes of the court.

(d) Section 24.132, relating to the 30th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 89th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.192: 90th Judicial District (Stephens and Young Counties)

(a) The 90th Judicial District is composed of Stephens and Young counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, each district court in Stephens County has the civil and criminal jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) The terms of the 90th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 230, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1998.

Sec. 24.193: 91st Judicial District (Eastland County)

(a) The 91st Judicial District is composed of Eastland County.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, each district court in Eastland County has the civil jurisdiction of a county court. The district court has concurrent with the county court the criminal jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) The terms of the 91st District Court begin on the first Mondays in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

(d) The 91st District Court may not impanel a grand jury except by special order of the judge.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 15, Sec. 1, eff. April 14, 1987.

Sec. 24.194: 92nd Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 92nd Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) The 92nd, 93rd, and 139th district courts have concurrent jurisdiction.

(c) The terms of the 92nd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(d) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 2(a), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 2(1), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.195: 93rd Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 93rd Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) The terms of the 93rd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.194, relating to the 92nd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 93rd District Court.

(d) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 2(b), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 2(2), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.196: 94th Judicial District (Nueces County)

(a) The 94th Judicial District is composed of Nueces County.

(b) The terms of the 94th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July. The terms are designated the January-July and July-January terms.

(c) Section 24.130, relating to the 28th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 94th District Court.

(d) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 94th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts at law in Nueces County to receive a guilty plea in a misdemeanor case pending in a county court at law in Nueces County and dispose of the case, regardless of whether the case is transferred to the district court. The judgment, order, or action of the district court is valid and binding as if the case were pending in the district court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 72 (H.B. 2913), Sec. 2, eff. May 17, 2005.

Sec. 24.197: 95th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 95th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the 95th District Court begin on the first Mondays in March, June, September, and December.

(c) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 95th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.198: 96th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 96th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) Section 24.118, relating to the 17th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 96th Judicial District.

(c) The 96th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 580 (S.B. 2454), Sec. 4, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 24.199: 97th Judicial District (Archer, Clay, and Montague Counties)

(a) The 97th Judicial District is composed of Archer, Clay, and Montague counties.

(b) The terms of the 97th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.11(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.200: 98th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 98th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The terms of the 98th District Court begin on the first Mondays in February, April, June, October, and December.

(c) Section 24.155, relating to the 53rd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 98th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.201: 99th Judicial District (Lubbock County)

(a) The 99th Judicial District is composed of Lubbock County.

(b) The terms of the 99th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.174, relating to the 72nd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 99th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.202: 100th Judicial District (Carson, Childress, Collingsworth, Donley, and Hall Counties)

(a) The 100th Judicial District is composed of Carson, Childress, Collingsworth, Donley, and Hall counties.

(b) The terms of the 100th District Court begin:

(1) in Carson County on the first Mondays in January and August;

(2) in Childress County on the first Mondays in May and December;

(3) in Collingsworth County on the first Mondays in April and November;

(4) in Donley County on the first Mondays in March and October; and

(5) in Hall County on the first Mondays in February and September.

(c) Each term provided by Subsection (b) begins at 10 a.m. on the first day of the term.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.203: 101st Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 101st Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the 101st District Court begin on the first Mondays in March, June, September, and December.

(c) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 101st District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.204: 102nd Judicial District (Bowie and Red River Counties)

(a) The 102nd Judicial District is composed of Bowie and Red River counties.

(b) The terms of the 102nd District Court begin in each county on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.105, relating to the 5th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 102nd District Court in Bowie County.

(d) Section 24.106, relating to the 6th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 102nd District Court in Red River County.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1012, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 733 (H.B. 1048), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

Sec. 24.205: 103rd Judicial District (Cameron County)

(a) The 103rd Judicial District is composed of Cameron County. The court shall give preference to civil cases.

(b) The 103rd, 107th, and 138th district courts have concurrent jurisdiction.

(c) The terms of the 103rd District Court begin on the first Mondays in February and July.

(d) The judges of the 103rd and 107th district courts need not impanel grand juries except in cases of emergency.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 5(a), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.206: 104th Judicial District (Taylor County)

(a) The 104th Judicial District is composed of Taylor County.

(b) The terms of the 104th District Court begin on the 11th and 24th Mondays after the first Monday in January and the ninth Monday after the first Monday in September.

(c) The commissioners court shall provide suitable quarters in the county courthouse for the court and the officers of the court.

(d) Section 24.144, relating to the 42nd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 104th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.207: 105th Judicial District (Kenedy, Kleberg, and Nueces Counties)

(a) The 105th Judicial District is composed of Kenedy, Kleberg, and Nueces counties. The court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(b) The terms of the 105th District Court begin:

(1) in Kenedy County on the first Mondays in June and December;

(2) in Kleberg County on the first Mondays in April and October; and

(3) in Nueces County on the first Mondays in February and August.

(c) The judge, with the approval of the commissioners court, may appoint an official interpreter of the court in Nueces County who serves at the will of the judge. The official interpreter shall take both the constitutional oath of office and an oath that he will faithfully interpret all testimony in the district court as official interpreter. The oath is sufficient for his service as official interpreter in all cases in the court in Nueces County during the interpreter's term of office. The judge may also assign the official interpreter to assist the court's probation officer in the discharge of the probation officer's duties.

(d) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 105th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts at law in Nueces County to receive a guilty plea in a misdemeanor case pending in a county court at law in Nueces County and dispose of the case, regardless of whether the case is transferred to the district court. The judgment, order, or action of the district court is valid and binding as if the case were pending in the district court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 72 (H.B. 2913), Sec. 3, eff. May 17, 2005.

Sec. 24.208: 106th Judicial District (Dawson, Gaines, Garza, and Lynn Counties)

(a) The 106th Judicial District is composed of Dawson, Gaines, Garza, and Lynn counties.

(b) The terms of the 106th District Court begin:

(1) in Dawson County on the third Monday in February and the second Monday in September;

(2) in Gaines County on the first Mondays in April and October;

(3) in Garza County on the first Monday in March and the fourth Monday in September; and

(4) in Lynn County on the first Monday in February and the third Monday in September.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.209: 107th Judicial District (Cameron County)

(a) The 107th Judicial District is composed of Cameron County. The court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(b) The terms of the 107th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.205, relating to the 103rd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 107th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 5(b), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.210: 108th Judicial District (Potter County)

(a) The 108th Judicial District is composed of Potter County.

(b) The terms of the 108th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, May, and September.

(c) Section 24.149, relating to the 47th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 108th District Court in Potter County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.211: 109th Judicial District (Andrews, Crane, and Winkler Counties)

(a) The 109th Judicial District is composed of Andrews, Crane, and Winkler counties.

(b) The terms of the 109th District Court begin:

(1) in Andrews County on the second Monday in January and the first Monday in July;

(2) in Crane County on the first Mondays in February and August; and

(3) in Winkler County on the first Monday in March and the second Monday in September.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.212: 110th Judicial District (Briscoe, Dickens, Floyd, and Motley Counties)

(a) The 110th Judicial District is composed of Briscoe, Dickens, Floyd, and Motley counties.

(b) The terms of the 110th District Court begin in each county on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 24.213: 111th Judicial District (Webb County)

(a) The 111th Judicial District is composed of Webb County.

(b) The terms of the 111th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October. Each term continues until the court disposes of its business.

(c) The 111th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the other district courts in Webb County.

(d) Section 24.151, relating to the 49th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 111th District Court in Webb County.

(e) A criminal complaint may be presented to the grand jury of any district court in Webb County, and a resulting indictment may be returned to any other district court in Webb County with the appropriate criminal jurisdiction.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 750 (H.B. 1314), Sec. 2, eff. June 17, 2011.

Sec. 24.214: 112th Judicial District (Crockett, Pecos, Reagan, Sutton, and Upton Counties)

(a) The 112th Judicial District is composed of Crockett, Pecos, Reagan, Sutton, and Upton counties.

(b) The terms of the 112th District Court begin:

(1) in Crockett County on the first Monday in April and the third Monday in September;

(2) in Pecos County on the first Mondays in May and November;

(3) in Reagan County on the first Mondays in March and October;

(4) in Sutton County on the third Monday in March and the first Monday in September; and

(5) in Upton County on the first Monday in February and the second Monday in June.

(c) Section 24.185, relating to the 83rd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 112th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 220 (H.B. 2256), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.215: 113th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 113th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 113th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.216: 114th Judicial District (Smith County)

(a) The 114th Judicial District is composed of Smith County.

(b) The terms of the 114th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 24.217: 115th Judicial District (Marion and Upshur Counties)

(a) The 115th Judicial District is composed of Marion and Upshur counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 115th District Court has the civil and criminal jurisdiction of a county court in Marion County. The County Court of Marion County has concurrent jurisdiction to receive guilty pleas in misdemeanor cases. Matters within the courts' concurrent jurisdiction may be filed in either court and may be transferred between the district court and county court.

(c) The 115th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the 276th District Court in Marion County. The judges of the courts may transfer any case on their dockets in Marion County with the consent of the judge to which the case is transferred. Each judge may sit in the other court to hear a case without transferring the case.

(d) All writs and processes issued and bonds and recognizances made in transferred cases are returnable to the court to which transferred, as if originally issued there.

(e) The terms of the 115th District Court begin:

(1) in Marion County on the first Mondays in March and September; and

(2) in Upshur County on the first Mondays in January and June.

(f) The court terms continue until and including the Saturday immediately before the Monday on which the next term will convene.

(g) The officers serving the 276th District Court in Marion County shall also serve the 115th District Court in Marion County.

(h) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the district court having jurisdiction in Upshur County has the civil and criminal jurisdiction, other than probate jurisdiction, of a county court. All civil and criminal matters within the concurrent jurisdiction of the county and district courts must be filed with the county clerk in the county court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.12(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.218: 116th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 116th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the 116th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 116th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.219: 117th Judicial District (Nueces County)

(a) The 117th Judicial District is composed of Nueces County.

(b) The terms of the 117th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July. The terms are designated the January-July and July-January terms.

(c) Section 24.130, relating to the 28th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 117th District Court.

(d) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 117th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts at law in Nueces County to receive a guilty plea in a misdemeanor case pending in a county court at law in Nueces County and dispose of the case, regardless of whether the case is transferred to the district court. The judgment, order, or action of the district court is valid and binding as if the case were pending in the district court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 72 (H.B. 2913), Sec. 4, eff. May 17, 2005.

Sec. 24.220: 118th Judicial District (Glasscock, Howard, and Martin Counties)

(a) The 118th Judicial District is composed of Glasscock, Howard, and Martin counties.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, each district court in Glasscock County has the civil jurisdiction of a county court.

(c) The terms of the 118th District Court begin:

(1) in Glasscock County on the first Mondays in February and September;

(2) in Howard County on the fourth Mondays in January, June, August, and October; and

(3) in Martin County on the first Mondays in January, June, and October.

(d) The judges of the 70th and 118th district courts may take a vacation and not attend court for six weeks in each year. The judges, by agreement, shall take their vacations alternately so that a judge is present in one of the courts at all times.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.221: 119th Judicial District (Concho, Runnels, and Tom Green Counties)

(a) The 119th Judicial District is composed of Concho, Runnels, and Tom Green counties.

(b) The terms of the 119th District Court begin:

(1) in Concho County on the first Mondays in February and July;

(2) in Runnels County on the first Mondays in March and October; and

(3) in Tom Green County on the first Mondays in April and November.

(c) Section 24.153, relating to the 51st District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 119th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.222: 120th Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 120th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) The terms of the 120th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) The El Paso County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the court when required by law or by the judge.

(d) Section 24.136, relating to the 34th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 120th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.223: 121st Judicial District (Terry and Yoakum Counties)

(a) The 121st Judicial District is composed of Terry and Yoakum counties.

(b) The terms of the 121st District Court begin:

(1) in Terry County on the second Mondays in May and November; and

(2) in Yoakum County on the second Mondays in June and December.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.224: 122nd Judicial District (Galveston County)

(a) The 122nd Judicial District is composed of Galveston County.

(b) The 122nd District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the 10th and 56th district courts.

(c) The terms of the 122nd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(d) Section 24.111, relating to the 10th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 122nd District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.225: 123rd Judicial District (Panola and Shelby Counties)

(a) The 123rd Judicial District is composed of Panola and Shelby counties.

(b) The terms of the 123rd District Court begin:

(1) in Panola County on the first Mondays in January, May, and September; and

(2) in Shelby County on the first Mondays in March, July, and November.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.226: 124th Judicial District (Gregg County)

(a) The 124th Judicial District is composed of Gregg County.

(b) The terms of the 124th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.227: 125th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 125th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 125th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.228: 126th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 126th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The terms of the 126th District Court begin on the first Mondays in September and November and the third Mondays in January, March, and June.

(c) Section 24.155, relating to the 53rd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 126th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.229: 127th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 127th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 127th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.230: 128th Judicial District (Orange County)

(a) The 128th Judicial District is composed of Orange County.

(b) The 128th and 163rd district courts have concurrent jurisdiction in Orange County.

(c) The terms of the 128th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, May, and September.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.231: 129th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 129th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 129th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.232: 130th Judicial District (Matagorda County)

(a) The 130th Judicial District is composed of Matagorda County.

(b) The terms of the 130th District Court begin on the first Mondays in March and September and are designated as the March-August and September-February terms.

(c) Section 24.124, relating to the 23rd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 130th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.233: 131st Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 131st Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 131st District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.234: 132nd Judicial District (Borden and Scurry Counties)

(a) The 132nd Judicial District is composed of Borden and Scurry counties.

(b) The terms of the 132nd District Court begin:

(1) in Borden County on the first Mondays in January, March, May, July, September, and November; and

(2) in Scurry County on the first Mondays in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.235: 133rd Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 133rd Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 133rd District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.236: 134th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 134th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the 134th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 134th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.237: 135th Judicial District (Calhoun, Dewitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria Counties)

(a) The 135th Judicial District is composed of Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria counties.

(b) The terms of the 135th District Court in each county of the district begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.238: 136th Judicial District (Jefferson County)

(a) The 136th Judicial District is composed of Jefferson County.

(b) The terms of the 136th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July. The terms are designated the January-June and July-December terms.

(c) The Jefferson County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the court as required by law or by the judge.

(d) Section 24.160, relating to the 58th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 136th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.239: 137th Judicial District (Lubbock County)

(a) The 137th Judicial District is composed of Lubbock County.

(b) The terms of the 137th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.174, relating to the 72nd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 137th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.240: 138th Judicial District (Cameron County)

(a) The 138th Judicial District is composed of Cameron County. The court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(b) The terms of the 138th District Court begin on the first Mondays in March, July, and November.

(c) The judge of the 138th District Court shall impanel grand juries at all times required by law.

(d) Section 24.205, relating to the 103rd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 138th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 5(c), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.241: 139th Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 139th Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) The terms of the 139th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.194, relating to the 92nd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 139th District Court.

(d) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 2(c), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 2(3), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.242: 140th Judicial District (Lubbock County)

(a) The 140th Judicial District is composed of Lubbock County.

(b) The terms of the 140th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.174, relating to the 72nd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 140th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.243: 142nd Judicial District (Midland County)

(a) The 142nd Judicial District is composed of Midland County.

(b) The terms of the 142nd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July of each year.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 93, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1996.

Sec. 24.244: 143rd Judicial District (Loving, Reeves, and Ward Counties)

(a) The 143rd Judicial District is composed of Loving, Reeves, and Ward counties.

(b) The terms of the 143rd District Court begin:

(1) in Loving County on the first Mondays in April and August and the third Monday in December;

(2) in Reeves County on the first Monday in January and the third Mondays in May, August, and October; and

(3) in Ward County on the third Monday in February, the first Monday in June, the third Monday in September, and the first Monday in December.

(c) The terms provided by Subsection (b) begin at 10 a.m. on the first day of the term.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.245: 144th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 144th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 144th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.246: 145th Judicial District (Nacogdoches County)

(a) The 145th Judicial District is composed of Nacogdoches County.

(b) The terms of the 145th District Court begin on the first Mondays in March and September.

(c) The judge may take a vacation and not attend court for four weeks in each year.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.247: 146th Judicial District (Bell County)

(a) The 146th Judicial District is composed of Bell County.

(b) The terms of the 146th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) Section 24.129, relating to the 27th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 146th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.248: 147th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 147th Judicial District is composed of Travis County. The court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(b) The terms of the 147th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 85, Sec. 4, eff. May 14, 2007.

(d) Section 24.155, relating to the 53rd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 147th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 355), Sec. 2, eff. May 14, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 355), Sec. 4, eff. May 14, 2007.

Sec. 24.249: 150th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 150th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 150th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.250: 151st Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 151st Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 151st District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.251: 152nd Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 152nd Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 152nd District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.252: 153rd Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 153rd Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The terms of the 153rd District Court begin on the first Mondays in February, May, August, and November.

(c) The Tarrant County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the court as required by law or by the judge.

(d) Section 24.118, relating to the 17th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 153rd District Court.

(e) The 153rd District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 580 (S.B. 2454), Sec. 5, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 24.253: 154th Judicial District (Lamb County)

(a) The 154th Judicial District is composed of Lamb County.

(b) The terms of the 154th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July and are designated as the January and July terms.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.254: 155th Judicial District (Austin and Fayette Counties)

(a) The 155th Judicial District is composed of Austin and Fayette counties.

(b) The sheriff of each county or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the court as required by law or by the judge.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 9(l), eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 1.02(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 24.255: 156th Judicial District (Aransas, Bee, Live Oak, Mcmullen, and San Patricio Counties)

(a) The 156th Judicial District is composed of Aransas, Bee, Live Oak, McMullen, and San Patricio counties.

(b) The terms of the 156th District Court in each county begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.138, relating to the 36th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 156th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.256: 157th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 157th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 157th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.257: 160th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 160th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the 160th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 160th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.258: 161st Judicial District (Ector County)

(a) The 161st Judicial District is composed of Ector County.

(b) The 161st District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the other district courts in Ector County.

(c) The terms of the 161st District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(d) The Ector County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the court as required by law or by the judge.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 880, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 31, 1987.

Sec. 24.259: 162nd Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 162nd Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the 162nd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 162nd District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.260: 163rd Judicial District (Orange County)

(a) The 163rd Judicial District is composed of Orange County.

(b) The terms of the 163rd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, May, and September.

(c) The Orange County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the court as required by law or by the judge.

(d) Section 24.230, relating to the 128th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 163rd District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.261: 164th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 164th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 164th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.262: 165th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 165th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Section 24.112, relating to the 11th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 165th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.263: 166th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 166th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 166th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.264: 167th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 167th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The terms of the 167th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.155, relating to the 53rd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 167th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 355), Sec. 3, eff. May 14, 2007.

Sec. 24.265: 170th Judicial District (Mclennan County)

(a) The 170th Judicial District is composed of McLennan County.

(a-1) The 170th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court and the statutory county courts of McLennan County in misdemeanor cases as well as the jurisdiction prescribed by general law for district courts.

(b) The terms of the 170th District Court begin on the second Mondays in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

(c) Section 24.120, relating to the 19th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 170th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 848 (S.B. 2230), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 24.266: 171st Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 171st Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) The terms of the 171st District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Section 24.136, relating to the 34th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 171st District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.267: 174th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 174th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Subsections (c), (e), and (f) apply to the 174th, 176th, 177th, 178th, and 179th district courts.

(c) Each of the district courts has concurrent jurisdiction with the other district courts in Harris County.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

(e) The judges of the district courts shall, by agreement among themselves, take their vacations alternately so that there are at all times at least six district court judges in the county.

(f) The Harris County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the courts as required by law or by the judges.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.268: 175th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 175th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 175th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.269: 176th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 176th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

(c) Section 24.267, relating to the 174th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 176th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.270: 177th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 177th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

(c) Section 24.267, relating to the 174th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 177th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.271: 178th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 178th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

(c) Section 24.267, relating to the 174th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 178th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.272: 179th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 179th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

(c) Section 24.267, relating to the 174th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 179th District Court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.273: 180th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 180th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 180th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the other district courts in Harris County.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.274: 186th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 186th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 186th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.275: 216th Judicial District (Gillespie and Kerr Counties)

The 216th Judicial District is composed of Gillespie and Kerr counties.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 1.03(a), eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 2.02(a), eff. January 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.276: 229th Judicial District (Duval, Jim Hogg, and Starr Counties)

(a) The 229th Judicial District is composed of Duval, Jim Hogg, and Starr counties.

(b) The terms of the 229th District Court begin:

(1) in Duval County on the first Mondays in February and August;

(2) in Jim Hogg County on the first Mondays in June and December; and

(3) in Starr County on the first Mondays in April and October.

Comments

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

Subchapter C

Sec. 24.301: Application of Subchapter

Except as otherwise indicated by the context, this subchapter applies only to judicial districts listed in this subchapter.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.306: Juvenile Boards

The district judge of any district listed in this subchapter is a member of the juvenile board in each county within his district in which a juvenile board exists.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.310: Special District Courts

Each court listed in this subchapter that is directed to give preference to specific matters or types of cases shall participate in all matters relating to juries, grand juries, indictments, and docketing of cases in the same manner as the existing district courts that are similarly directed within that county.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.351: Judicial District 1-a (Jasper, Newton, and Tyler Counties)

(a) Judicial District 1-A is composed of Jasper, Newton, and Tyler counties.

(b) The jurisdiction of the court of Judicial District 1-A is concurrent with the jurisdiction of the other district courts in Jasper, Newton, and Tyler counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.352: 141st Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 141st Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 141st District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 580 (S.B. 2454), Sec. 6, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 24.353: 148th Judicial District (Nueces County)

(a) The 148th Judicial District is composed of Nueces County.

(b) The 148th District Court shall give first preference to family law matters and second preference to criminal cases.

(c) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 148th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts at law in Nueces County to receive a guilty plea in a misdemeanor case pending in a county court at law in Nueces County and dispose of the case, regardless of whether the case is transferred to the district court. The judgment, order, or action of the district court is valid and binding as if the case were pending in the district court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 72 (H.B. 2913), Sec. 5, eff. May 17, 2005.

Sec. 24.354: 149th Judicial District (Brazoria County)

The 149th Judicial District is composed of Brazoria County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.355: 158th Judicial District (Denton County)

The 158th Judicial District is composed of Denton County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.356: 159th Judicial District (Angelina County)

The 159th Judicial District is composed of Angelina County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.357: 168th Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 168th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) Section 24.136, relating to the 34th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 168th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.358: 169th Judicial District (Bell County)

(a) The 169th Judicial District is composed of Bell County.

(b) The terms of the 169th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.359: 172nd Judicial District (Jefferson County)

The 172nd Judicial District is composed of Jefferson County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.360: 173rd Judicial District (Henderson County)

The 173rd Judicial District is composed of Henderson County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.361: 181st Judicial District (Potter and Randall Counties)

(a) The 181st Judicial District is composed of Potter and Randall counties.

(b) The 181st District Court may hear and determine, in any county in the district convenient for the court, all preliminary or interlocutory matters in which a jury may not be demanded, in any case pending in any county in the district regardless of whether the case was filed in the county in which the hearing is held. Unless there is an objection filed by a party to the suit, the 181st District Court may hear, in any county in the district convenient for the court, any nonjury case pending in any county in the district, including divorces, adoptions, default judgments, and matters in which citation was by publication, regardless of whether the case was filed in the county in which the hearing is held.

(c) Section 24.149, relating to the 47th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 181st District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.362: 182nd Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 182nd Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 182nd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.363: 183rd Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 183rd Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 183rd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.364: 184th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 184th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 184th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.365: 185th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 185th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 185th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.366: 187th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 187th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 187th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1997, 74th Leg., ch. 497, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 497, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 24.367: 188th Judicial District (Gregg County)

The 188th Judicial District is composed of Gregg County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.368: 189th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 189th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.369: 190th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 190th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.370: 191st Judicial District (Dallas County)

The 191st Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.371: 192nd Judicial District (Dallas County)

The 192nd Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.372: 193rd Judicial District (Dallas County)

The 193rd Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.373: 194th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 194th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 194th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.374: 195th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 195th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 195th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.375: 196th Judicial District (Hunt County)

The 196th Judicial District is composed of Hunt County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.376: 197th Judicial District (Cameron and Willacy Counties)

(a) The 197th Judicial District is composed of Cameron and Willacy counties.

(b) The 197th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.377: 198th Judicial District (Bandera and Kerr Counties)

(a) The 198th Judicial District is composed of Bandera and Kerr Counties.

(b) The judge of the 198th District Court may impanel grand juries in each county. The judge of the 198th District Court may alternate the drawing of grand juries with the judge of any other district court in each county within the judge's district and may order grand and petit juries to be drawn for any term of the judge's court as in the judge's judgment is necessary, by an order entered in the minutes of the court. Indictments within each county may be returned to either court within that county.

(c) In addition to the requirements under Article 59.06, Code of Criminal Procedure, the district attorney for the 198th Judicial District may use proceeds from the sale of forfeited property, after the deduction of amounts described by Article 59.06(a), Code of Criminal Procedure, for the official purposes of the office of the district attorney only on the approval of:

(1) the commissioners court of each county in the judicial district; or

(2) a regional review committee composed of three members who are a county judge, a county attorney, a county commissioner or a county sheriff, each appointed by the member of the house of representatives of this state who represents the counties in the judicial district.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 623, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 852 (H.B. 3796), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 852 (H.B. 3796), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1321 (S.B. 316), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 1.03(b), eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 929 (H.B. 2150), Sec. 14, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.378: 199th Judicial District (Collin County)

The 199th Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.379: 200th Judicial District (Travis County)

The 200th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.380: 201st Judicial District (Travis County)

The 201st Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.381: 202nd Judicial District (Bowie County)

(a) The 202nd Judicial District is composed of Bowie County.

(b) The 202nd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) The jurisdiction of the 202nd District Court in Bowie County is concurrent and coextensive with the 5th and 102nd district courts.

(d) The terms of the 202nd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July. During each term of court in Bowie County, the court may sit in Texarkana to try, hear, and determine any civil nonjury case, may hear and determine motions, agreements, and other nonjury civil matters that come before the court, and may hear and determine any criminal nonjury matters, including pleas of guilty, both felony and misdemeanor, when a jury has been waived. This subsection does not limit the court's power to hear those matters in Boston.

(e) The clerk of the district court of Bowie County serves as the clerk of the 202nd District Court. The district clerk of Bowie County or his deputy shall serve the court when it is sitting in Texarkana and may transfer all necessary books, minutes, and records to Texarkana while the court is in session there, and may transfer all necessary books, minutes, records, and papers from Texarkana to Boston at the end of each session in Texarkana.

(f) The sheriff of Bowie County or his deputy shall attend the court while it is sitting in Texarkana and shall perform the duties required by law or under the order of the court.

(g) Section 24.105, relating to the 5th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 202nd District Court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1012, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 24.382: 203rd Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 203rd Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 203rd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.383: 204th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 204th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 204th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.384: 205th Judicial District (Culberson, El Paso, and Hudspeth Counties)

(a) The 205th Judicial District is composed of Culberson, El Paso, and Hudspeth counties.

(b) The 205th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Section 24.136, relating to the 34th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 205th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.385: 206th Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 206th Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 2(d), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 2(4), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.386: 207th Judicial District (Caldwell, Comal, and Hays Counties)

(a) The 207th Judicial District is composed of Caldwell, Comal, and Hays counties.

(b) The 207th District Court has the same jurisdiction in Comal County as the 22nd District Court has in Comal County and shall give preference to criminal cases in Caldwell, Comal, and Hays counties.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 26, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

(d) The terms of the 207th District Court begin:

(1) in Hays County on the first Mondays in February and August;

(2) in Caldwell County on the first Mondays in March and September; and

(3) in Comal County on the first Mondays in January and July.

(e) Section 24.123, relating to the 22nd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 207th District Court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 26, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 3(a), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.387: 208th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 208th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 208th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.388: 209th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 209th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 209th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.389: 210th Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 210th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) Section 24.136, relating to the 34th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 210th District Court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 19, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Sec. 24.390: 211th Judicial District (Denton County)

The 211th Judicial District is composed of Denton County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.391: 212th Judicial District (Galveston County)

(a) The 212th Judicial District is composed of Galveston County.

(b) Section 24.111, relating to the 10th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 212th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.392: 213th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 213th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The terms of the 213th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 213th District Court has concurrent original jurisdiction with the county criminal courts in Tarrant County over misdemeanor cases.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 21, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 24.393: 214th Judicial District (Nueces County)

(a) The 214th Judicial District is composed of Nueces County.

(b) The 214th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 214th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts at law in Nueces County to receive a guilty plea in a misdemeanor case pending in a county court at law in Nueces County and dispose of the case, regardless of whether the case is transferred to the district court. The judgment, order, or action of the district court is valid and binding as if the case were pending in the district court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 72 (H.B. 2913), Sec. 6, eff. May 17, 2005.

Sec. 24.394: 215th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 215th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 215th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.395: 217th Judicial District (Angelina County)

The 217th Judicial District is composed of Angelina County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.396: 218th Judicial District (Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, Lasalle, and Wilson Counties)

(a) The 218th Judicial District is composed of Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, LaSalle, and Wilson counties.

(b) The judge of the 218th District Court may impanel grand juries in each county in the district but is not required to impanel a grand jury in any county except when the judge considers it necessary. The judge may alternate the impaneling of grand juries in each county with the judge of any other district court in that county, or the judges may by agreement determine which one of the courts will impanel the grand juries. Indictments within each county may be returned to any district court within that county. All grand and petit juries drawn for one district court in each county are interchangeable with any other district court in that county as if the jury had been drawn for the court in which it is used.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 929 (H.B. 2150), Sec. 15, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.397: 219th Judicial District (Collin County)

The 219th Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.398: 220th Judicial District (Bosque, Comanche, and Hamilton Counties)

The 220th Judicial District is composed of Bosque, Comanche, and Hamilton counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.399: 221st Judicial District (Montgomery County)

The 221st Judicial District is composed of Montgomery County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.400: 222nd Judicial District (Deaf Smith and Oldham Counties)

The 222nd Judicial District is composed of Deaf Smith and Oldham counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.401: 223rd Judicial District (Gray County)

The 223rd Judicial District is composed of Gray County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.402: 224th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 224th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 224th District Court shall give preference to civil cases.

(c) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to all the district courts in Bexar County. To the extent that this subchapter is inconsistent with those provisions, Section 24.139 prevails.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.403: 225th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 225th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 225th District Court shall give preference to civil cases and to cases and proceedings under Title 2 or 5, Family Code.

(c) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to all the district courts in Bexar County. To the extent that this subchapter is inconsistent with those provisions, Section 24.139 prevails.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 507, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 7.25, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 24.404: 226th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 226th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 226th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1997, 74th Leg., ch. 497, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

(d) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to all the district courts in Bexar County. To the extent that this subchapter is inconsistent with those provisions, Section 24.139 prevails.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 497, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 24.405: 227th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 227th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 227th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1997, 74th Leg., ch. 497, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

(d) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to all the district courts in Bexar County. To the extent that this subchapter is inconsistent with those provisions, Section 24.139 prevails.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 497, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 24.406: 228th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 228th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 228th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.407: 230th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 230th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 230th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.408: 231st Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 231st Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 231st District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.409: 232nd Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 232nd Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 232nd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.410: 233rd Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 233rd Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 233rd District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.411: 234th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 234th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.412: 235th Judicial District (Cooke County)

The 235th Judicial District is composed of Cooke County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.413: 236th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 236th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 236th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 580 (S.B. 2454), Sec. 7, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 24.414: 237th Judicial District (Lubbock County)

The 237th Judicial District is composed of Lubbock County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.415: 238th Judicial District (Midland County)

The 238th Judicial District is composed of Midland County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.416: 239th Judicial District (Brazoria County)

The 239th Judicial District is composed of Brazoria County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.417: 240th Judicial District (Fort Bend County)

The 240th Judicial District is composed of Fort Bend County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.418: 241st Judicial District (Smith County)

The 241st Judicial District is composed of Smith County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.419: 242nd Judicial District (Castro, Hale, and Swisher Counties)

The 242nd Judicial District is composed of Castro, Hale, and Swisher counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.420: 243rd Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 243rd Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) Section 24.136, relating to the 34th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 243rd District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.421: 244th Judicial District (Ector County)

The 244th Judicial District is composed of Ector County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.422: 245th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 245th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 245th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.423: 246th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 246th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 246th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.424: 247th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 247th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 247th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.425: 248th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 248th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 248th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.426: 249th Judicial District (Johnson and Somervell Counties)

The 249th Judicial District is composed of Johnson and Somervell counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.427: 250th Judicial District (Travis County)

The 250th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.428: 251st Judicial District (Potter and Randall Counties)

(a) The 251st Judicial District is composed of Potter and Randall counties.

(b) The 251st District Court may hear and determine, in any county in the district convenient for the court, all preliminary or interlocutory matters in which a jury may not be demanded, in any case pending in any county in the district regardless of whether the case was filed in the county in which the hearing is held. Unless there is an objection filed by a party to the suit, the 251st District Court may hear, in any county in the district convenient for the court, any nonjury case pending in any county in the district, including divorces, adoptions, default judgments, and matters in which citation was by publication, regardless of whether the case was filed in the county in which the hearing is held.

(c) Section 24.149, relating to the 47th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 251st District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.429: 252nd Judicial District (Jefferson County)

(a) The 252nd Judicial District is composed of Jefferson County.

(b) The 252nd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) The terms of the 252nd District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October. Each term continues until the term ends by operation of law or the court has disposed of the business for that term.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.430: 253rd Judicial District (Chambers and Liberty Counties)

(a) The 253rd Judicial District is composed of Chambers and Liberty counties.

(b) The terms of the 253rd District Court begin in Liberty County on the first Mondays in April and October and in Chambers County on the first Mondays in June and December.

(c) Section 24.490, relating to the 344th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 253rd District Court in Chambers County.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 607 (S.B. 643), Sec. 1, eff. June 16, 2015.

Sec. 24.431: 254th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 254th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 254th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.432: 255th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 255th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 255th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.433: 256th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 256th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 256th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.434: 257th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 257th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 257th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.435: 258th Judicial District (Polk, San Jacinto, and Trinity Counties)

(a) The 258th Judicial District is composed of Polk, San Jacinto, and Trinity counties.

(b) The 258th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction in Polk County with the county court over all misdemeanor cases over which the county court has jurisdiction under the constitution and laws of this state. Cases in the concurrent misdemeanor jurisdiction may be filed in either court, and all cases of concurrent misdemeanor jurisdiction may be transferred between the 258th District Court and the county court. A case may not be transferred from one court to another without the consent of the judge of the court to which it is transferred, and a case may not be transferred unless it is within the jurisdiction of the court to which it is transferred.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.436: 259th Judicial District (Jones and Shackelford Counties)

(a) The 259th Judicial District is composed of Jones and Shackelford counties.

(b) In addition to the jurisdiction prescribed by the constitution and general laws of the state for district courts, the 259th District Court in Jones and Shackelford counties has all original and appellate civil and criminal jurisdiction normally exercised by county courts under the constitution and general laws of this state.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.437: 260th Judicial District (Orange County)

The 260th Judicial District is composed of Orange County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.438: 261st Judicial District (Travis County)

The 261st Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.439: 262nd Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 262nd Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 262nd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.440: 263rd Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 263rd Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 263rd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.441: 264th Judicial District (Bell County)

The 264th Judicial District is composed of Bell County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.442: 265th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 265th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 265th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.443: 266th Judicial District (Erath County)

The 266th Judicial District is composed of Erath County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.444: 267th Judicial District (Calhoun, Dewitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria Counties)

The 267th Judicial District is composed of Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.445: 268th Judicial District (Fort Bend County)

The 268th Judicial District is composed of Fort Bend County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.446: 269th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 269th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.447: 270th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 270th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.448: 271st Judicial District (Jack and Wise Counties)

The 271st Judicial District is composed of Jack and Wise counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.449: 272nd Judicial District (Brazos County)

(a) The 272nd Judicial District is composed of Brazos County.

(b) The 272nd District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the statutory county courts of Brazos County in misdemeanor cases as well as the jurisdiction prescribed by general law for district courts.

(c) The terms of the 272nd District Court begin on the first Mondays in April and October.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 280, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 24.450: 273rd Judicial District (Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby Counties)

(a) The 273rd Judicial District is composed of Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby counties.

(b) The jurisdiction of the 273rd District Court is concurrent with the jurisdiction of the other district courts in Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.451: 274th Judicial District (Comal, Guadalupe, and Hays Counties)

(a) The 274th Judicial District is composed of Comal, Guadalupe, and Hays counties.

(b) The terms of the 274th District Court begin on the second Tuesdays in February and August in Comal County, on the second Tuesdays in May and November in Guadalupe County, and on the second Tuesdays in June and December in Hays County.

(c) The 274th District Court has the same jurisdiction as the 22nd and the 207th district courts in Comal and Hays counties and concurrent jurisdiction with the 25th and Second 25th district courts in Guadalupe County.

(d) Section 24.123, relating to the 22nd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 274th District Court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 26, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 24.452: 275th Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 275th Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 2(e), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 2(5), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.453: 276th Judicial District (Camp, Marion, Morris, and Titus Counties)

(a) The 276th Judicial District is composed of Camp, Marion, Morris, and Titus counties.

(b) The terms of the 276th District Court begin:

(1) in Marion County on the first Mondays in January, May, and July;

(2) in Morris County on the first Mondays in February, March, and September;

(3) in Titus County on the first Mondays in April, June, and November; and

(4) in Camp County on the first Mondays in October and December.

(c) The jurisdiction of the 276th District Court is concurrent with the jurisdiction of the 115th District Court in Marion County and with the 76th District Court in Camp, Morris, and Titus counties.

(d) The 276th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts in Camp, Marion, and Morris counties over all matters of criminal jurisdiction, original and appellate, in cases over which the particular county court has jurisdiction under the constitution and laws of this state. In each of the counties, matters and proceedings in the concurrent jurisdiction may be transferred between the 276th District Court and the county court.

(e) Section 24.178, relating to the 76th District Court, has provisions applicable to both that court and the 276th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.454: 277th Judicial District (Williamson County)

(a) The 277th Judicial District is composed of Williamson County.

(b) The terms of the 277th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 530, Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 363, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Sec. 24.455: 278th Judicial District (Leon, Madison, and Walker Counties)

The 278th Judicial District is composed of Leon, Madison, and Walker counties.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 9(f), eff. September 1, 2008.

Sec. 24.456: 279th Judicial District (Jefferson County)

(a) The 279th Judicial District is composed of Jefferson County.

(b) The 279th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.457: 280th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 280th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.458: 281st Judicial District (Harris County)

The 281st Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.459: 282nd Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 282nd Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 282nd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.460: 283rd Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 283rd Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 283rd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.461: 284th Judicial District (Montgomery County)

The 284th Judicial District is composed of Montgomery County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.462: 285th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 285th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 285th District Court shall give preference to civil cases.

(c) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to all the district courts in Bexar County. To the extent that this subchapter is inconsistent with those provisions, Section 24.139 prevails.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.463: 286th Judicial District (Cochran and Hockley Counties)

The 286th Judicial District is composed of Cochran and Hockley counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.464: 287th Judicial District (Bailey and Parmer Counties)

(a) The 287th Judicial District is composed of Bailey and Parmer counties.

(b) The terms of the 287th District Court begin in Bailey County on the first Mondays in February and August and in Parmer County on the first Mondays in March and September.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.465: 288th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 288th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 288th District Court shall give preference to civil cases.

(c) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to all the district courts in Bexar County. To the extent that this subchapter is inconsistent with those provisions, Section 24.139 prevails.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.466: 289th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 289th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 289th District Court shall give primary preference to juvenile matters under Title 3, Family Code, and secondary preference to criminal cases.

(c) The terms of the 289th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July. Each term continues until the court has disposed of the business for that term.

(d) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to all the district courts in Bexar County. To the extent that this subchapter is inconsistent with those provisions, Section 24.139 prevails.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.13(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 7.26, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 497, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 165 (H.B. 2936), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011.

Sec. 24.467: 290th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 290th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 290th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1997, 74th Leg., ch. 497, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

(d) Section 24.139, relating to the 37th District Court, contains provisions applicable to all the district courts in Bexar County. To the extent that this subchapter is inconsistent with those provisions, Section 24.139 prevails.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 497, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 24.468: 291st Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 291st Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 291st District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.469: 292nd Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 292nd Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 292nd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.470: 293rd Judicial District (Dimmit, Maverick, and Zavala Counties)

The 293rd Judicial District is composed of Dimmit, Maverick, and Zavala counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.471: 294th Judicial District (Van Zandt County)

(a) The 294th Judicial District is composed of Van Zandt County.

(b) The 294th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court in Van Zandt County over all matters of civil and criminal jurisdiction, original and appellate, in cases over which the county court has jurisdiction under the constitution and laws of this state. Matters and proceedings in the concurrent jurisdiction of the 294th District Court and the county court may be filed in either court and all cases of concurrent jurisdiction may be transferred between the 294th District Court and the county court. However, a case may not be transferred from one court to another without the consent of the judge of the court to which it is transferred, and a case may not be transferred unless it is within the jurisdiction of the court to which it is transferred.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 13, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 24.472: 295th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 295th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 295th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.473: 296th Judicial District (Collin County)

The 296th Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.474: 297th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 297th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 297th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) The terms of the 297th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(d) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 297th District Court has concurrent original jurisdiction with the county criminal courts in Tarrant County over misdemeanor cases.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 21, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 24.475: 298th Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 298th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 298th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.476: 299th Judicial District (Travis County)

The 299th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.477: 331st Judicial District (Travis County)

The 331st Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.478: 332nd Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 332nd Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 2(f), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 2(6), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.479: 333rd Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 333rd Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 333rd District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.480: 334th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 334th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 334th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.481: 335th Judicial District (Bastrop, Burleson, Lee, and Washington Counties)

The 335th Judicial District is composed of Bastrop, Burleson, Lee, and Washington counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.482: 336th Judicial District (Fannin County)

The 336th Judicial District is composed of Fannin County.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.14(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 610 (H.B. 2174), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 1(e), eff. January 1, 2010.

Sec. 24.483: 337th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 337th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 337th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.484: 338th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 338th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 338th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.485: 339th Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 339th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 339th District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.486: 340th Judicial District (Tom Green County)

(a) The 340th Judicial District is composed of Tom Green County.

(b) The terms of the 340th District Court begin on the first Mondays in March and September.

(c) Indictments within Tom Green County issued by any district court in the county may be returned to the 340th District Court.

(d) Section 24.153, relating to the 51st District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 340th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.487: 341st Judicial District (Webb County)

(a) The 341st Judicial District is composed of Webb County.

(b) The judge of the 341st District Court may impanel grand juries in Webb County. The judge of the 341st District Court may alternate the drawing of grand juries with the judge of any other district court in the county. By order entered on the minutes, for any term that the judge considers it necessary, the judge may order grand and petit juries to be drawn.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 954, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.

(d) A criminal complaint may be presented to the grand jury of any district court in Webb County, and a resulting indictment may be returned to any other district court in Webb County with the appropriate criminal jurisdiction.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 1(b), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 954 (H.B. 4037), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 750 (H.B. 1314), Sec. 3, eff. June 17, 2011.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 929 (H.B. 2150), Sec. 16, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.488: 342nd Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 342nd Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 342nd District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.489: 343rd Judicial District (Aransas, Bee, Live Oak, Mcmullen, and San Patricio Counties)

(a) The 343rd Judicial District is composed of Aransas, Bee, Live Oak, McMullen, and San Patricio counties.

(b) Section 24.138, relating to the 36th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 343rd District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.490: 344th Judicial District (Chambers County)

(a) The 344th Judicial District is composed of Chambers County.

(b) The terms of court of the 344th District Court begin on the first Mondays in June and December of each year.

(c) The 344th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction over all matters of civil and criminal jurisdiction, original and appellate, in cases over which the county court has jurisdiction under the constitution and laws of this state. Matters and proceedings in the concurrent jurisdiction of the 344th District Court and the county court shall be filed in the county court, and all cases of concurrent jurisdiction may be transferred between the 344th District Court and the county court. A case may not be transferred from one court to another without the consent of the judge of the court to which it is transferred, and a case may not be transferred unless it is within the jurisdiction of the court to which it is transferred.

(d) Notwithstanding Section 24.030, a district court in Chambers County may sit in a suitable facility outside the county seat if the facility is designated by the commissioners court as an auxiliary county seat, as provided by Section 292.031, Local Government Code.

(e) A district court in Chambers County sitting in an auxiliary court facility designated by the commissioners court as an auxiliary county seat may hear, in all case types, the motions, arguments, nonjury trials and jury trials, and any other matters before the court within the court's jurisdiction.

(f) The district clerk or the clerk's deputy serves as clerk of the court when a district court sits in a facility designated as an auxiliary county seat and may keep all necessary books, minutes, records, and papers at the facility.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.15(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 1, eff. May 25, 1989.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 607 (S.B. 643), Sec. 2, eff. June 16, 2015.

Sec. 24.491: 345th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 345th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The 345th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.492: 346th Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 346th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) Section 24.136, relating to the 34th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 346th District Court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.493: 347th Judicial District (Nueces County)

(a) The 347th Judicial District is composed of Nueces County.

(b) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 347th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts at law in Nueces County to receive a guilty plea in a misdemeanor case pending in a county court at law in Nueces County and dispose of the case, regardless of whether the case is transferred to the district court. The judgment, order, or action of the district court is valid and binding as if the case were pending in the district court.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 72 (H.B. 2913), Sec. 7, eff. May 17, 2005.

Sec. 24.494: 348th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 348th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 348th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.495: 349th Judicial District (Anderson and Houston Counties)

The 349th Judicial District is composed of Anderson and Houston counties.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.496: 350th Judicial District (Taylor County)

The 350th Judicial District is composed of Taylor County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.497: 351st Judicial District (Harris County)

(a) The 351st Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

(b) The 351st District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.498: 352nd Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 352nd Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 352nd District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.499: 353rd Judicial District (Travis County)

The 353rd Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.500: 354th Judicial District (Hunt and Rains Counties)

(a) The 354th Judicial District is composed of Hunt and Rains counties.

(b) Section 24.108, relating to the 8th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 354th District Court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 1124, Sec. 4, eff. June 20, 1987; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Sec. 24.501: 355th Judicial District (Hood County)

The 355th Judicial District is composed of Hood County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.502: 356th Judicial District (Hardin County)

(a) The 356th Judicial District is composed of Hardin County.

(b) The 356th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction over all matters of civil and criminal jurisdiction, original and appellate, in cases over which the county court has jurisdiction under the constitution and laws of this state. Matters and proceedings in the concurrent jurisdiction of the 356th District Court and the county court may be filed in either court, and all cases of concurrent jurisdiction may be transferred between the 356th District Court and the county court. A case may not be transferred from one court to another without the consent of the judge of the court to which it is transferred, and a case may not be transferred unless it is within the jurisdiction of the court to which it is transferred.

(c) The terms of the 356th District Court begin on the first Mondays in April and October.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.503: 357th Judicial District (Cameron County)

The 357th Judicial District is composed of Cameron County.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 5(d), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.504: 358th Judicial District (Ector County)

The 358th Judicial District is composed of Ector County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.505: 359th Judicial District (Montgomery County)

The 359th Judicial District is composed of Montgomery County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.506: 361st Judicial District (Brazos County)

(a) The 361st Judicial District is composed of Brazos County.

(b) The 361st District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the statutory county courts of Brazos County in misdemeanor cases as well as the jurisdiction prescribed by general law for district courts.

(c) The terms of the 361st District Court begin on the first Mondays in April and October.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.16, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 1124, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 16.01(19), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 280, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 24.507: 362nd Judicial District (Denton County)

The 362nd Judicial District is composed of Denton County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.17, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.508: 363rd Judicial District (Dallas County)

(a) The 363rd Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The 363rd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 24.509: 364th Judicial District (Lubbock County)

The 364th Judicial District is composed of Lubbock County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 24.510: 365th Judicial District (Dimmit, Maverick, and Zavala Counties)

The 365th Judicial District is composed of Dimmit, Maverick, and Zavala counties.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 24.511: 366th Judicial District (Collin County)

The 366th Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 24.512: 367th Judicial District (Denton County)

The 367th Judicial District is composed of Denton County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 24.513: 368th Judicial District (Williamson County)

(a) The 368th Judicial District is composed of Williamson County.

(b) The terms of the 368th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January and July.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 530, Sec. 3, eff. June 15, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 363, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Sec. 24.514: 369th Judicial District (Anderson, Cherokee, and Leon Counties)

The 369th Judicial District is composed of Anderson, Cherokee, and Leon counties.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 1.01(b), eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 24.515: 370th Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 370th Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 2(g), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 2(7), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.516: 371st Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 371st Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 371st District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 371st District Court has concurrent original jurisdiction with the county criminal courts in Tarrant County over misdemeanor cases.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1990. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 21, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 24.517: 372nd Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 372nd Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 372nd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 372nd District Court has concurrent original jurisdiction with the county criminal courts in Tarrant County over misdemeanor cases.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1990. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 21, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 24.522: 377th Judicial District (Victoria County)

(a) The 377th Judicial District is composed of Victoria County.

(b) The 377th Judicial District shall give preference to criminal cases.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 632, Sec. 4(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 24.523: 378th Judicial District (Ellis County)

The 378th Judicial District is composed of Ellis County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 457, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 24.524: 379th Judicial District (Bexar County)

The 379th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 24.525: 380th Judicial District (Collin County)

(a) The 380th Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 3.13(13), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1996.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.13(13), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.526: 381st Judicial District (Starr County)

(a) The 381st Judicial District is composed of Starr County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 3.13(14), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 13, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.13(14), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.527: 382nd Judicial District (Rockwall County)

(a) The 382nd Judicial District is composed of Rockwall County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 3.13(15), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.13(15), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.528: 383rd Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 383rd Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 3.13(16), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 3.13(16), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 16, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.13(16), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.529: 384th Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 384th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 3.13(17), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 3.13(17), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 16, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.13(17), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 24.530: 385th Judicial District (Midland County)

The 385th Judicial District is composed of Midland County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 1032, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1995.

Sec. 24.531: 386th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 386th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 386th District Court shall give preference to juvenile matters under Title 3, Family Code.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 165 (H.B. 2936), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2011.

Sec. 24.532: 387th Judicial District (Fort Bend County)

(a) The 387th Judicial District is composed of Fort Bend County.

(b) The 387th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 2(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 24.533: 388th Judicial District (El Paso County)

(a) The 388th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

(b) The 388th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 24.534: 389th Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 389th Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541, Sec. 2(8), eff. September 1, 2009.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 2(h), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 4(b), eff. January 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 2(8), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.535: 390th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 390th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The 390th District Court shall give preference to criminal matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 5, eff. Oct. 1, 1999.

Sec. 24.536: 391st Judicial District (Tom Green County)

(a) The 391st Judicial District is composed of Tom Green County.

(b) The terms of the 391st District Court begin on the first Mondays in March and September.

(c) Indictments within Tom Green County issued by any district court in the county may be returned to the 391st District Court.

(d) Section 24.153, relating to the 51st District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 391st District Court.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 5, eff. Oct. 1, 1999.

Sec. 24.537: 392nd Judicial District (Henderson County)

(a) The 392nd Judicial District is composed of Henderson County.

(b) A judge of the 392nd Judicial District may not be assigned under Chapter 74 to serve as a visiting judge in Bexar, Dallas, Ector, Fort Bend, Harris, Jefferson, Lubbock, Midland, Tarrant, or Travis County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 3, eff. Jan. 1, 1997.

Sec. 24.538: 393rd Judicial District (Denton County)

(a) The 393rd Judicial District is composed of Denton County.

(b) The 393rd District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 7, eff. Jan. 1, 2000.

Sec. 24.539: 394th Judicial District (Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Presidio Counties)

(a) The 394th Judicial District is composed of Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties.

(b) The terms of the 394th District Court begin:

(1) in Brewster County on the first Monday in March and the third Monday in September;

(2) in Culberson County on the third Monday in October and the first Monday in April;

(3) in Hudspeth County on the third Monday in March and the first Monday in September;

(4) in Jeff Davis County on the second Mondays in January and July; and

(5) in Presidio County on the third Monday after the first Mondays in January and July.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 780, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 20, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 780, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 24.540: 395th Judicial District (Williamson County)

The 395th Judicial District is composed of Williamson County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 7, eff. Jan. 1, 2000.

Sec. 24.541: 396th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 396th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 396th District Court shall give preference to criminal matters.

(c) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 396th District Court has concurrent original jurisdiction with the county criminal courts and the justice courts in Tarrant County over misdemeanor cases.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 7, eff. Jan. 1, 2000. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 21, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 75 (S.B. 321), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.542: 397th Judicial District (Grayson County)

The 397th Judicial District is composed of Grayson County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 1, eff. September 15, 2008.

Sec. 24.543: 398th Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 398th Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541, Sec. 2(9), eff. September 1, 2009.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 4(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 2(i), eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 4(b), eff. January 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 2(9), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.544: 399th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 399th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 399th District Court shall give preference to criminal matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 9, eff. Sept. 1, 2000.

Sec. 24.545: 400th Judicial District (Fort Bend County)

The 400th Judicial District is composed of Fort Bend County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 11(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2000.

Sec. 24.546: 401st Judicial District (Collin County)

The 401st Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 9, eff. Sept. 1, 2000.

Sec. 24.547: 402nd Judicial District (Wood County)

(a) The 402nd Judicial District is composed of Wood County.

(b) The 402nd District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court in Wood County over all matters of civil and criminal jurisdiction, original and appellate, in cases over which the county court has jurisdiction under the constitution and laws of this state. Matters and proceedings in the concurrent jurisdiction of the 402nd District Court and the county court may be filed in either court and all cases of concurrent jurisdiction may be transferred between the 402nd District Court and the county court. However, a case may not be transferred from one court to another without the consent of the judge of the court to which it is transferred, and a case may not be transferred unless it is within the jurisdiction of the court to which it is transferred.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 10, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 24.548: 403rd Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 403rd Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The 403rd District Court shall give preference to criminal matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 14, eff. Dec. 1, 2000.

Sec. 24.549: 404th Judicial District (Cameron County)

The 404th Judicial District is composed of Cameron County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 15, eff. Jan. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 810, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 5(e), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.550: 405th Judicial District (Galveston County)

The 405th Judicial District is composed of Galveston County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 15, eff. Jan. 1, 2001.

Sec. 24.551: 406th Judicial District (Webb County)

(a) The 406th Judicial District is composed of Webb County.

(b) The 406th District Court shall give preference to cases involving family violence, cases under the Family Code, and cases under the Health and Safety Code.

(c) The 406th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the other district courts in Webb County.

(d) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 406th District Court has the:

(1) criminal jurisdiction of a county court; and

(2) civil jurisdiction of a county court in all cases under the Family Code or the Health and Safety Code.

(e) The terms of the 406th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October. Each term continues until the court disposes of its business.

(f) A criminal complaint may be presented to the grand jury of any district court in Webb County, and a resulting indictment may be returned to any other district court in Webb County with the appropriate criminal jurisdiction.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 15, eff. Jan. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 1(c), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.552: 407th Judicial District (Bexar County)

The 407th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 16, eff. Sept. 1, 2000.

Sec. 24.553: 411th Judicial District (Polk, San Jacinto, and Trinity Counties)

(a) The 411th Judicial District is composed of Polk, San Jacinto, and Trinity counties.

(b) A judge of the 411th Judicial District may not be assigned under Chapter 74 to serve as a visiting judge in Bexar, Dallas, Ector, Fort Bend, Harris, Jefferson, Lubbock, Midland, Tarrant, or Travis County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 704, Sec. 4, eff. Jan. 1, 1997.

Sec. 24.554: 408th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 408th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 408th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 8, eff. Jan. 1, 2000.

Sec. 24.555: 409th Judicial District (El Paso County)

The 409th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1337, Sec. 9, eff. Sept. 1, 2000.

Sec. 24.556: 412th Judicial District (Brazoria County)

The 412th Judicial District is composed of Brazoria County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 6(a), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.557: 413th Judicial District (Johnson County)

The 413th Judicial District is composed of Johnson County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1306, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 24.558: 414th Judicial District (Mclennan County)

(a) The 414th Judicial District is composed of McLennan County.

(b) The 414th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court and the statutory county courts of McLennan County in misdemeanor cases as well as the jurisdiction prescribed by general law for district courts.

(c) The terms of the 414th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, March, May, July, September, and November.

(d) Section 24.120, relating to the 19th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 414th District Court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1306, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 848 (S.B. 2230), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 24.559: 415th Judicial District (Parker County)

The 415th Judicial District is composed of Parker County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1306, Sec. 3(a), eff. Jan. 15, 2004.

Sec. 24.560: 416th Judicial District (Collin County)

The 416th Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1306, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 24.561: 417th Judicial District (Collin County)

(a) The 417th Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

(b) The 417th District Court shall give preference to juvenile matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1306, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 15, 2004.

Sec. 24.562: 418th Judicial District (Montgomery County)

(a) The 418th Judicial District is composed of Montgomery County.

(b) The 418th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 2(a), eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.563: 419th Judicial District (Travis County)

The 419th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1306, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.564: 420th Judicial District (Nacogdoches County)

The 420th Judicial District is composed of Nacogdoches County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1306, Sec. 7, eff. Jan. 15, 2004.

Sec. 24.565: 421st Judicial District (Caldwell County)

The 421st Judicial District is composed of Caldwell County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1306, Sec. 8, eff. Jan. 15, 2004.

Sec. 24.566: 422nd Judicial District (Kaufman County)

The 422nd Judicial District is composed of Kaufman County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1306, Sec. 9, eff. Jan. 15, 2004.

Sec. 24.567: 423rd Judicial District (Bastrop County)

The 423rd Judicial District is composed of Bastrop County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 3(a), eff. October 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.568: 424th Judicial District (Blanco, Burnet, Llano, and San Saba Counties)

(a) The 424th Judicial District is composed of Blanco, Burnet, Llano, and San Saba Counties.

(b) The jurisdiction of the 424th District Court is concurrent with the jurisdiction of the 33rd District Court.

(c) The 424th District Court has the same terms of court as the 33rd District Court.

(d) The judge of the 424th District Court may impanel grand juries in each county. The judge of the 424th District Court may alternate the drawing of grand juries with the judge of any other district court in each county within the 424th Judicial District and may order grand and petit juries to be drawn for any term of the court as the judge determines is necessary, by an order entered in the minutes of the court. Indictments within each county may be returned to either court within that county.

(e) The 424th District Court may hear and determine, in any county in the district convenient for the court, all preliminary or interlocutory matters in which a jury may not be demanded, in any case pending in any county in the district regardless of whether the case was filed in the county in which the hearing is held. Unless an objection is filed by a party to the suit, the 424th District Court may hear, in any county in the district convenient for the court, any nonjury case pending in any county in the district, including divorces, adoptions, default judgments, and matters in which citation was by publication, regardless of whether the case was filed in the county in which the hearing is held.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 15(a), eff. September 1, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 929 (H.B. 2150), Sec. 17, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.569: 425th Judicial District (Williamson County)

The 425th Judicial District is composed of Williamson County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 7(a), eff. January 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.570: 426th Judicial District (Bell County)

(a) The 426th Judicial District is composed of Bell County.

(b) The terms of the 426th District Court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) Section 24.129, relating to the 27th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the 426th District Court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 8(a), eff. January 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.571: 427th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 427th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The 427th Judicial District shall give preference to criminal matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 9(a), eff. January 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.572: 428th Judicial District (Hays County)

The 428th Judicial District is composed of Hays County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 10(a), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.573: 429th Judicial District (Collin County)

The 429th Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 4(a), eff. January 1, 2009.

Sec. 24.574: 430th Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 430th Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) The 430th District Court shall give preference to family violence and criminal matters.

(c) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 4(a), eff. January 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 541 (S.B. 1575), Sec. 2(10), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.575: 431st Judicial District (Denton County)

The 431st Judicial District is composed of Denton County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 2(a), eff. January 1, 2011.

Sec. 24.576: 432nd Judicial District (Tarrant County)

(a) The 432nd Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The 432nd District Court shall give preference to criminal matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 3(a), eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 24.577: 433rd Judicial District (Comal County)

The 433rd Judicial District is composed of Comal County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 11(a), eff. January 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.578: 434th Judicial District (Fort Bend County)

The 434th Judicial District is composed of Fort Bend County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 12(a), eff. January 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.579: 435th Judicial District (Montgomery County)

(a) The 435th Judicial District is composed of Montgomery County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 845 , Sec. 39(1), eff. June 17, 2015.

(c) Notwithstanding any other law and only to the extent that the duties of those individuals relate to civil commitment proceedings under Chapter 841, Health and Safety Code, or to criminal cases involving offenses under Section 841.085, Health and Safety Code, and Article 62.203, Code of Criminal Procedure, the state shall pay the salaries of and other expenses related to the court reporter appointed for the 435th District Court under Section 52.041 and the court coordinator appointed for the court under Section 74.101. The salaries of the court reporter and court coordinator shall be set in amounts commensurate with the salaries paid by other district courts for those positions.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 5(a), eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 845 (S.B. 746), Sec. 33, eff. June 17, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 845 (S.B. 746), Sec. 39(1), eff. June 17, 2015.

Sec. 24.580: 436th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 436th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 436th District Court shall give preference to juvenile matters under Title 3, Family Code.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 4(a), eff. October 1, 2009.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 165 (H.B. 2936), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2011.

Sec. 24.581: 437th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 437th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 437th District Court shall give preference to criminal matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 5(a), eff. December 15, 2009.

Sec. 24.582: 438th Judicial District (Bexar County)

(a) The 438th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.

(b) The 438th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 6(a), eff. September 1, 2010.

Sec. 24.583: 439th Judicial District (Rockwall County)

The 439th Judicial District is composed of Rockwall County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 7(a), eff. November 1, 2010.

Sec. 24.584: 440th Judicial District (Coryell County)

The 440th Judicial District is composed of Coryell County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 2.03(a), eff. January 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.585: 441st Judicial District (Midland County)

The 441st Judicial District is composed of Midland County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 8(a), eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 24.586: 442nd Judicial District (Denton County)

The 442nd Judicial District is composed of Denton County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 1.04(a), eff. January 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.587: 443rd Judicial District (Ellis County)

The 443rd Judicial District is composed of Ellis County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 1.05(a), eff. September 1, 2014.

Sec. 24.589: 445th Judicial District (Cameron County)

(a) The 445th Judicial District is composed of Cameron County.

(b) The 445th District Court shall give preference to criminal law cases.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 6(a), eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.590: 446th Judicial District (Ector County)

The 446th Judicial District is composed of Ector County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 2.04(a), eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.591: 451st Judicial District (Kendall County)

(a) The 451st Judicial District is composed of Kendall County.

(b) In addition to the other jurisdiction provided by law, the 451st District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the County Court of Kendall County in all civil and criminal matters over which the county court would have original or appellate jurisdiction, including probate matters and proceedings under Subtitle C, Title 7, Health and Safety Code.

(c) All civil and criminal matters within the concurrent jurisdiction of the county and district courts must be filed with the county clerk in the county court. The county clerk serves as the clerk of the district court for those matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 2.02(b), eff. January 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.592: 448th Judicial District (El Paso County)

The 448th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 7(a), eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.593: 449th Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

(a) The 449th Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

(b) The 449th District Court shall give preference to juvenile matters.

(c) A party in a criminal case before the court may electronically file any required court document. The court shall implement the statewide electronic court filing system to assist a party in electronic filing.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 8(a), eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 855 (H.B. 349), Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.594: 450th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 450th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The 450th District Court shall give preference to criminal matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 1.06(a), eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.596: 452nd Judicial District (Edwards, Kimble, Mcculloch, Mason, and Menard Counties)

(a) The 452nd Judicial District is composed of Edwards, Kimble, McCulloch, Mason, and Menard Counties.

(b) The judge of the 452nd District Court may impanel grand juries in each county. The judge of the 452nd District Court may order grand and petit juries to be drawn for any term of the judge's court as in the judge's judgment is necessary, by an order entered in the minutes of the court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 1.03(c), eff. September 1, 2013.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 929 (H.B. 2150), Sec. 18, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.597: 453rd Judicial District (Hays County)

The 453rd Judicial District is composed of Hays County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 912 (S.B. 1329), Sec. 2.01(a), eff. September 1, 2018.

Sec. 24.598: 454th Judicial District (Medina County)

The 454th Judicial District is composed of Medina County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.03(b), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 24.599: 455th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 455th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The 455th District Court shall give preference to civil and family law matters.

Comments

Text of section effective on October 01, 2020

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.04(a), eff. October 1, 2020.

Sec. 24.5995: 506th Judicial District (Grimes and Waller Counties)

The 506th Judicial District is composed of Grimes and Waller Counties.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 9(a), eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.600: 456th Judicial District (Guadalupe County)

(a) The 456th Judicial District is composed of Guadalupe County.

(b) The 456th District Court shall give preference to civil cases.

Comments

Text of section effective on January 01, 2021

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.05(a), eff. January 1, 2021.

Sec. 24.6001: 457th Judicial District (Montgomery County)

The 457th Judicial District is composed of Montgomery County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.06(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 24.6002: 458th Judicial District (Fort Bend County)

The 458th Judicial District is composed of Fort Bend County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 912 (S.B. 1329), Sec. 2.02(a), eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.6003: 459th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 459th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The 459th District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 912 (S.B. 1329), Sec. 2.03(a), eff. October 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.6004: 460th Judicial District (Travis County)

(a) The 460th Judicial District is composed of Travis County.

(b) The 460th District Court shall give preference to criminal matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 912 (S.B. 1329), Sec. 2.04(a), eff. October 1, 2019.

Sec. 24.6005: 461st Judicial District (Brazoria County)

(a) The 461st Judicial District is composed of Brazoria County.

(b) The 461st District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.02(c), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 24.6006: 462nd Judicial District (Denton County)

The 462nd Judicial District is composed of Denton County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 912 (S.B. 1329), Sec. 2.05(a), eff. January 1, 2019.

Sec. 24.6008: 464th Judicial District (Hidalgo County)

The 464th Judicial District is composed of Hidalgo County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 912 (S.B. 1329), Sec. 2.06(a), eff. January 1, 2019.

Sec. 24.60091: 466th Judicial District (Comal County)

The 466th Judicial District is composed of Comal County.

Comments

Text of section effective on January 01, 2021

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.07(a), eff. January 1, 2021.

Sec. 24.60092: 467th Judicial District (Denton County)

The 467th Judicial District is composed of Denton County.

Comments

Text of section effective on January 01, 2021

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.08(a), eff. January 1, 2021.

Sec. 24.60093: 468th Judicial District (Collin County)

(a) The 468th Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

(b) The 468th District Court shall give preference to family law matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.09(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 24.60094: 471st Judicial District (Collin County)

(a) The 471st Judicial District is composed of Collin County.

(b) The 471st District Court shall give preference to civil matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 1.09(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Subchapter D

Sec. 24.601: Jurisdiction

(a) A family district court has the jurisdiction and power provided for district courts by the constitution and laws of this state. Its jurisdiction is concurrent with that of other district courts in the county in which it is located.

(b) A family district court has primary responsibility for cases involving family law matters. These matters include:

(1) adoptions;

(2) birth records;

(3) divorce and marriage annulment;

(4) child welfare, custody, support and reciprocal support, dependency, neglect, and delinquency;

(5) parent and child; and

(6) husband and wife.

(c) This subchapter does not limit the jurisdiction of other district courts nor relieve them of responsibility for handling cases involving family law matters.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.602: Terms

Except as provided by Section 24.012, the terms of a family district court begin on the first Monday in January and the first Monday in July.

Comments

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

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1082 (H.B. 3481), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 24.603: Judge

(a) A family district court judge's qualifications and term of office are the same as those prescribed by the constitution and laws of this state for district judges. A family district court judge is elected in the same manner as a district judge.

(b) A family district court judge is entitled to the same compensation and allowances provided by the state and county for the other district judges in his county.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.604: Appointment of Retired Judge to Sit for Regular Judge

(a) If the regular judge of a family district court is absent or is for any cause disabled or disqualified from presiding, a retired judge of a special juvenile court or a domestic relations court may be appointed by the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region in which the appointed judge resides to sit for the absent, disabled, or disqualified judge of a family district court within the geographic limits of the respective administrative judicial region. To be eligible for the appointment, the retired judge must have voluntarily retired from office and must certify his willingness to serve.

(b) When the docket of a family district court becomes so excessive that the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region in which that court is located considers it an emergency, a retired judge of a special juvenile court or a domestic relations court residing within the geographic limits of the respective administrative judicial region, who meets the qualifications set out in Subsection (a), may be appointed by the presiding judge to sit for the regular judge as long as the emergency exists.

(c) A presiding judge may, with the consent of a retired judge of a special juvenile court or a domestic relations court within his district, make an assignment outside his judicial district with the specific authorization of the presiding judge of the district in which that assignment is made.

(d) A retired judge appointed to sit for a regular judge under this section shall execute the bond and take the oath of office that is required by law for the regular judge for whom he is sitting.

(e) A retired judge appointed under this section has all the power and jurisdiction of the court and the regular judge for whom he is sitting and may sign orders, judgments, decrees, or other process of any kind as presiding judge when acting for the regular judge.

(f) A retired judge appointed to sit for the regular judge under this section shall receive for the services actually performed the same salary that the regular judge is entitled to receive for those services. The amount to be paid for the services shall be paid in the same manner as the regular judge is paid on certification by the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region that the retired judge has rendered the services and is entitled to receive the salary. The payment shall be made from the item in the judiciary section, comptroller's department, of the appropriations act providing for payment of salaries of district judges and criminal district judges. This section does not entitle the retired judge of a special juvenile court or a domestic relations court to participate in the Judicial Retirement System of Texas Plan One or the Judicial Retirement System of Texas Plan Two. None of the salary paid to a retired judge sitting for the regular judge may be deducted or paid out of the salary of the regular judge.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.18(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.44(3), eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 24.605: Court Officials, Personnel, and Facilities

(a) The prosecuting attorney, the sheriff, and the district clerk shall serve each family district court in their county in the same manner they serve the district courts of their county.

(b) The commissioners court of the county in which a family district court is located shall provide the physical facilities and the deputy clerks, bailiffs, and other personnel necessary to operate the family district court.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.606: County Juvenile Board

When a family district court is created in a county, the county's juvenile board composition and the additional compensation of the board members is as provided by Article 5139.2, Revised Statutes.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.607: Court Style

A district court for a judicial district listed in this chapter is a family district court and may be called the "Family District Court for the (number of district) Judicial District."

Comments

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

Sec. 24.608: 300th Judicial District (Brazoria County)

The 300th Judicial District is composed of Brazoria County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.609: 301st Judicial District (Dallas County)

The 301st Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.610: 302nd Judicial District (Dallas County)

The 302nd Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.611: 303rd Judicial District (Dallas County)

The 303rd Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.612: 304th Judicial District (Dallas County)

The 304th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.613: 305th Judicial District (Dallas County)

The 305th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.614: 306th Judicial District (Galveston County)

(a) The 306th Judicial District is composed of Galveston County.

(b) All juvenile matters and proceedings in Galveston County shall be filed originally with the district clerk on the docket of the 306th District Court.

(c) , (d) Repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 3(2), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 3(2), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.615: 307th Judicial District (Gregg County)

The 307th Judicial District is composed of Gregg County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.616: 308th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 308th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.617: 309th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 309th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.618: 310th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 310th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.619: 311th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 311th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.620: 312th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 312th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.621: 313th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 313th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.622: 314th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 314th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.623: 315th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 315th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.624: 316th Judicial District (Hutchinson County)

The 316th Judicial District is composed of Hutchinson County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.625: 317th Judicial District (Jefferson County)

The 317th Judicial District is composed of Jefferson County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.626: 318th Judicial District (Midland County)

The 318th Judicial District is composed of Midland County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.627: 319th Judicial District (Nueces County)

(a) The 319th Judicial District is composed of Nueces County.

(b) The terms of the 319th District Court begin on the first Mondays in April and in October.

(c) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 319th District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts at law in Nueces County to receive a guilty plea in a misdemeanor case pending in a county court at law in Nueces County and dispose of the case, regardless of whether the case is transferred to the district court. The judgment, order, or action of the district court is valid and binding as if the case were pending in the district court.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 286, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 72 (H.B. 2913), Sec. 8, eff. May 17, 2005.

Sec. 24.628: 320th Judicial District (Potter County)

The 320th Judicial District is composed of Potter County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.629: 321st Judicial District (Smith County)

The 321st Judicial District is composed of Smith County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.630: 322nd Judicial District (Tarrant County)

The 322nd Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.631: 323rd Judicial District (Tarrant County)

The 323rd Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.632: 324th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

The 324th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.633: 325th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

The 325th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.634: 326th Judicial District (Taylor County)

The 326th Judicial District is composed of Taylor County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.635: 65th Judicial District (El Paso County)

The 65th Judicial District is composed of El Paso County.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 317, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1996.

Sec. 24.636: 328th Judicial District (Fort Bend County)

The 328th Judicial District is composed of Fort Bend County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.637: 329th Judicial District (Wharton County)

(a) The 329th Judicial District is composed of Wharton County.

(b) Section 24.124, relating to the 23rd District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Family District Court for the 329th Judicial District.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 196, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.

Sec. 24.638: 330th Judicial District (Dallas County)

The 330th Judicial District is composed of Dallas County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.639: 360th Judicial District (Tarrant County)

The 360th Judicial District is composed of Tarrant County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.640: 444th Judicial District (Cameron County)

The 444th Judicial District is composed of Cameron County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 10(a), eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.641: 507th Judicial District (Harris County)

The 507th Judicial District is composed of Harris County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 2.05(a), eff. January 1, 2016.

Sec. 24.642: 469th Judicial District (Collin County)

The 469th Judicial District is composed of Collin County. The 469th District Court shall hear family law matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 2.06(a), eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.643: 470th Judicial District (Collin County)

The 470th Judicial District is composed of Collin County. The 470th District Court shall hear family law matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 2.06(a), eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 24.644: 505th Judicial District (Fort Bend County)

The 505th Judicial District is composed of Fort Bend County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 2.07(a), eff. September 1, 2015.

Subchapter E

Sec. 24.901: Criminal Judicial District of Dallas County

(a) The Criminal Judicial District of Dallas County is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the criminal district court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) The criminal district courts in Dallas County have concurrent original misdemeanor jurisdiction with the county courts in Dallas County that have criminal jurisdiction.

(d) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Criminal District Court of Dallas County.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.902: Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 2

(a) The Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 2 is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the criminal district court no. 2 begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) Section 24.901, relating to the Criminal District Court of Dallas County, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 2.

(d) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 2.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.903: Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 3

(a) The Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 3 is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the criminal district court no. 3 begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) Section 24.901, relating to the Criminal District Court of Dallas County, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 3.

(d) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 3.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.904: Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 4

(a) The Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 4 is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the criminal district court no. 4 begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) Section 24.901, relating to the Criminal District Court of Dallas County, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 4.

(d) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 4.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.905: Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 5

(a) The Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 5 is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the criminal district court no. 5 begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) Section 24.901, relating to the Criminal District Court of Dallas County, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 5.

(d) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 5.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.906: Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 6

(a) The Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 6 is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the criminal district court no. 6 begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) Section 24.901, relating to the Criminal District Court of Dallas County, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 6.

(d) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 6.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 13(b), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.907: Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 7

(a) The Dallas County Criminal Judicial District No. 7 is composed of Dallas County.

(b) The terms of the criminal district court no. 7 begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(c) Section 24.901, relating to the Criminal District Court of Dallas County, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 7.

(d) Section 24.115, relating to the 14th District Court, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Dallas County Criminal District Court No. 7.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 1189), Sec. 13(b), eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 24.908: El Paso County Criminal Judicial District No. 1

(a) The El Paso County Criminal Judicial District No. 1 is composed of El Paso County.

(b) The El Paso County Criminal District Court No. 1 shall give primary preference to felony drug cases and associated civil cases emanating from those felony drug cases. The criminal district court shall give secondary preference to other criminal cases and associated civil cases emanating from those criminal cases.

(c) The terms of the El Paso County Criminal District Court No. 1 begin on the third Mondays in April and September and the first Mondays in January, July, and November.

(d) The El Paso County Criminal District Court No. 1 shall have a seal similar to the seal of a district court with "El Paso County Criminal District Court No. 1" engraved on the seal.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1951), Sec. 11(a), eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 24.910: Tarrant County Criminal Judicial District No. 1

(a) The Tarrant County Criminal Judicial District No. 1 is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) This section applies to the Tarrant County Criminal District Courts Nos. 1, 2, and 3.

(c) The criminal district courts have jurisdiction of criminal cases within the jurisdiction of a district court. The criminal district courts also have concurrent original jurisdiction with the county criminal courts over misdemeanor cases. The criminal district courts do not have appellate misdemeanor jurisdiction.

(d) The terms of the criminal district courts begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October.

(e) The judge of each criminal district court or county criminal court may, on motion of the judge or the criminal district attorney, transfer misdemeanor cases between the courts by an order entered in the minutes of the transferring court. The clerk of the transferring court shall certify the style and number of the case to the clerk of the court to which it is transferred and include the papers of the case with the certification. The receiving clerk shall promptly docket the transferred case. The receiving court shall dispose of the case as if it had been originally instituted in that court.

(f) The criminal district courts nos. 1 and 2 shall have a seal similar to the seal of a district court with "Criminal District Court No. ____ of Tarrant County" engraved in the margin.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.911: Tarrant County Criminal Judicial District No. 2

(a) The Tarrant County Criminal Judicial District No. 2 is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) Section 24.910, relating to the Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 1, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 2.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.912: Tarrant County Criminal Judicial District No. 3

(a) The Tarrant County Criminal Judicial District No. 3 is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) Section 24.910, relating to the Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 1, contains provisions applicable to both that court and the Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 3.

Comments

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

Sec. 24.913: Criminal Judicial District No. 4 of Tarrant County

(a) The Criminal Judicial District No. 4 of Tarrant County is composed of Tarrant County.

(b) The court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) The terms of court begin on the first Mondays in January, April, July, and October of each year.

(d) Subchapter C applies to the Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 4 of Tarrant County.

(e) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Subchapter C and other law, the Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 4 has concurrent original jurisdiction with the county criminal courts in Tarrant County over misdemeanor cases.

Comments

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 21, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 24.920: Criminal Judicial District of Jefferson County

(a) The Criminal Judicial District of Jefferson County is composed of Jefferson County.

(b) The terms of the criminal district court begin on the first Mondays in April, July, October, and January.

(c) The criminal district court has:

(1) original jurisdiction of criminal cases within the jurisdiction of a district court;

(2) concurrent original and appellate jurisdiction with the county courts at law of misdemeanor cases normally within the exclusive jurisdiction of the county courts at law; and

(3) civil jurisdiction in cases of:

(A) divorce, as provided by Chapter 3, Family Code;

(B) dependent and delinquent children, as provided by Section 23.001, by the Family Code, and by Title 43, Revised Statutes;

(C) adoption, as provided by the Family Code; and

(D) habeas corpus proceedings.

(d) The judge of the criminal district court or of a county court at law may, on motion of the judge or the criminal district attorney, transfer misdemeanor cases between the courts by an order entered in the minutes of the transferring court. The clerk of the transferring court shall certify the style and number of the case to the clerk of the receiving court and include the papers of the case with the certification. The receiving clerk shall promptly docket the transferred case. The receiving court shall dispose of the case as if it had been originally instituted in that court.

(e) The court shall have a seal similar to the seal of a district court with "Criminal District Court of Jefferson County" engraved on the seal.

(f) The court may sit at the City of Port Arthur in addition to Beaumont to try, hear, and determine nonjury civil cases and to hear and determine motions, arguments, and the other nonjury civil matters that are within the court's jurisdiction. The district clerk or the clerk's deputy serves as clerk of the court when it sits in Port Arthur and may transfer all necessary books, minutes, records, and papers to Port Arthur while the court is in session there, and transfer them from Port Arthur to Beaumont at the end of each session in Port Arthur. The Commissioners Court of Jefferson County may provide suitable quarters for the court in the subcourthouse while it sits in Port Arthur. The Jefferson County sheriff or the sheriff's deputy shall attend the court in Port Arthur and perform all required duties.

Comments

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

Subchapter F

Sec. 24.941: Declaration of Policy

It is the policy of the state that the administration of justice shall be prompt and efficient and that, for this purpose, the judicial districts of the state shall be reapportioned as provided by this subchapter so that the district courts of various judicial districts have judicial burdens that are as nearly equal as possible.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.942: Definitions

In this subchapter:

(1) "Board" means the Judicial Districts Board established by Article V, Section 7a, of the Texas Constitution.

(2) "Reapportionment" means the redistribution of the judicial districts of the state by designating the county or counties to be included in each judicial district and may affect any or all of the judicial districts and counties of the state under either the original reapportionment made under this subchapter or a reapportionment at a time subsequent to an original reapportionment.

(3) "Reapportionment order" means an order adopted by the board that reapportions the judicial districts of the state.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.943: Official Duty

Service on the board is an official duty of each of the officers named in Article V, Section 7a, of the Texas Constitution.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.944: Duties

The board shall reapportion the judicial districts authorized by Article V, Section 7, of the Texas Constitution by statewide reapportionment of the districts and, as the necessity for additional reapportionment appears, by redesignating, in one or more reapportionment orders, the county or counties that comprise the specific judicial districts affected by those reapportionment orders. The board shall investigate from time to time the necessity of and appropriate locations for new judicial districts and shall advise the legislature of its findings. The board shall inform itself on all matters bearing on its duties.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.945: Rules and Conditions for Reapportionment

(a) The reapportionment of the judicial districts of the state by the board is subject to the rules and conditions provided by Subsections (b)-(d).

(b) Reapportionment of the judicial districts shall be made on a determination of fact by the board that the reapportionment will best promote the efficiency and promptness of the administration of justice in the state by equalizing as nearly as possible the judicial burdens of the district courts of the various judicial districts. In determining the reapportionment that best promotes the efficiency and promptness of the administration of justice, the board shall consider:

(1) the numbers and types of cases filed in the district courts of the counties to be affected by the reapportionment;

(2) the numbers and types of cases disposed of by dismissal or judgment in the district courts of those counties;

(3) the numbers and types of cases pending in the district courts of those counties;

(4) the number of district courts in those counties;

(5) the population of the counties;

(6) the area to be covered by a judicial district; and

(7) the actual growth or decline of population and district court case load in the counties to be affected.

(c) Each judicial district affected by a reapportionment must contain one or more complete counties except as provided by this section. More than one judicial district may contain the same county or counties. If more than one county is contained in a judicial district, the territory of the judicial district must be contiguous.

(d) Subject to the other rules and conditions in this section, a judicial district in a reapportionment under this subchapter may:

(1) be enlarged in territory by including an additional county or counties in the district, but a county having a population as large or larger than the population of the judicial district being reapportioned may not be added to the judicial district;

(2) be decreased in territory by removing a county or counties from the district;

(3) have both a county or counties added to the district and a county or counties removed from it; or

(4) be removed to another location in the state so that the district contains an entirely different county or counties.

(e) The legislature, the Judicial Districts Board, or the Legislative Redistricting Board may not redistrict the judicial districts to provide for any judicial district smaller in size than an entire county except as provided by this subsection. Judicial districts smaller in size than the entire county may be created subsequent to a general election in which a majority of the persons voting on the proposition adopt the proposition "to allow the division of ____________________ County into judicial districts composed of parts of ____________________ County." A redistricting plan may not be proposed or adopted by the legislature, the Judicial Districts Board, or the Legislative Redistricting Board in anticipation of a future action by the voters of any county.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.946: Procedure

(a) The board shall meet in accordance with its own rules. The board shall meet at least once in each interim between regular sessions of the legislature and shall exercise its reapportionment powers only in the interims between regular legislative sessions. Meetings of the board shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 551, except as otherwise provided by this subchapter. A reapportionment may not be ordered in the interim immediately following a regular session of the legislature in which a valid and subsisting statewide reapportionment of judicial districts is enacted by the legislature. Unless the legislature enacts a statewide reapportionment of the judicial districts following each federal decennial census, the board shall convene not later than the first Monday of June of the third year following the year in which the federal decennial census is taken to make a statewide reapportionment of the districts. The board shall complete its work on the reapportionment and file its order with the secretary of state not later than August 31 of the same year. If the Judicial Districts Board fails to make a statewide apportionment by that date, the Legislative Redistricting Board established by Article III, Section 28, of the Texas Constitution shall make a statewide reapportionment of the judicial districts not later than the 150th day after the final day for the Judicial Districts Board to make the reapportionment, and that apportionment takes effect as provided by Sections 24.948 and 24.949.

(b) The board shall adopt its own rules of procedure and has the power to make investigations, hold hearings, compel by subpoena the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of records, administer oaths, and do all things necessary in its judgment to carry out its duties.

(c) On the request of the chairman, a peace officer shall serve a subpoena issued by the board. The officer shall serve the subpoena in the same manner as a subpoena issued by a district court is served. If the person to whom a subpoena is directed fails to comply, the board may bring suit in the district court to enforce the subpoena. If the court determines that good cause exists for the issuance of the subpoena, the court shall order compliance. The court may modify the requirements of a subpoena that the court determines are unreasonable. Failure to comply with the order of the district court is punishable as contempt.

(d) The board may provide for the compensation of subpoenaed witnesses. The amount of compensation may not exceed the amount paid to a witness subpoenaed by a district court in a civil proceeding.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 5.95(83), eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Sec. 24.947: Reapportionment Orders

Any judicial reapportionment order adopted by the board must be approved by a record vote of the majority of the membership of both the senate and house of representatives before the order can become effective and binding.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.948: Effect of Reapportionment

(a) After the effective date of a reapportionment order, the judicial districts affected by the order contain only the counties designated for the judicial districts in the reapportionment order, and the district courts shall have and exercise jurisdiction coextensive with the newly defined limits of the judicial districts in all actions, proceedings, matters, and causes of which district courts have jurisdiction under the constitution and laws of the state.

(b) If a county in which any part of the jurisdiction vested by general law in the county court has been transferred or made concurrent in a district court is removed by reapportionment under this subchapter from the judicial districts of all district courts having the county court jurisdiction, the board shall specify whether, after the effective date of the reapportionment order, the transferred county court jurisdiction is vested in the district court of the judicial districts in which the county is included under the reapportionment order or whether the transferred county court jurisdiction is revested in the county court.

(c) If the office of district attorney is authorized by law in or for a judicial district, a reapportionment under this subchapter does not change the county or counties included in the district for purposes of election, functions, duties, and authority of the district attorney, his assistants, and their successors in office.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.949: Pending Cases and Proceedings

(a) If a county is removed from a judicial district and placed or left in another judicial district by reapportionment under this subchapter, the district clerk of that county shall, on the effective date of the reapportionment order, transfer and properly docket to the court of a judicial district in which the county is located the cases and proceedings in that county on the docket of the court of the judicial district from which the county is removed, with all records, documents, and instruments on file in connection with the cases and proceedings. If a county is removed from a judicial district and placed or left in more than one judicial district, the clerk shall transfer the cases and proceedings to the district court of the judicial district for that county having the lowest numerical designation.

(b) If cases or other proceedings are transferred from a district court to another district court in accordance with this subchapter, all writs, processes, bonds, bail bonds, recognizances, complaints, informations and indictments, and any other matters returnable to the court from which the cases or proceedings were transferred are returnable to the court to which the cases or proceedings are transferred and are as valid as if they had been made returnable originally to that court.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.950: Equalization of Dockets

The judges of the district courts may equalize their dockets in all counties in which there are two or more district courts. The judge of a district court, on motion of a party, on agreement of the parties, or on the judge's own motion, may transfer a cause or proceeding on the judge's docket to the docket of one of the other district courts.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.951: Concurrent Jurisdiction

If a county is located in two or more judicial districts by reapportionment under this subchapter, all the district courts in the county have concurrent civil and criminal jurisdiction within the territorial limits of the county.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.952: Terms of Courts

The terms of the district court of a judicial district affected by reapportionment under this subchapter shall be the terms provided by the board in the reapportionment order affecting the judicial district. In the absence of a provision by the board, the terms of the district court, until otherwise prescribed by law, begin on the first Mondays in January and July of each year and continue until the time for convening the next regular term of the court. Each district court may hold as many sessions of court in each county each year as the judge considers expedient.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.953: Officers of Court

In a county placed in a different or additional judicial district by reapportionment under this subchapter, the district clerk, sheriff, constables, county attorney, and district attorney or criminal district attorney of the county, and their assistants and successors in office, shall be the respective officers of all district courts of the county, including the courts of the different or additional judicial districts. Each officer shall perform all the duties and functions of his office relative to all the district courts of the county.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 24.954: Quarters for Courts

The commissioners court of a county that is newly included in a judicial district by reapportionment under this subchapter shall provide suitable quarters, facilities, and personnel for the district court of the judicial district.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 2.19(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Chapter 25

Subchapter A

Sec. 25.0001: Application of Subchapter

(a) This subchapter applies to each statutory county court in this state. If a provision of this subchapter conflicts with a specific provision for a particular court or county, the specific provision controls.

(b) A statement in Subchapter C that a general provision of this subchapter does not apply to a specific statutory court or the statutory courts of a specific county does not affect the application of other laws on the same subject that may affect the court or courts.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0002: Definitions

In this chapter:

(1) "Criminal law cases and proceedings" includes cases and proceedings for allegations of conduct punishable in part by confinement in the county jail not to exceed one year.

(2) "Family law cases and proceedings" includes cases and proceedings under Titles 1, 2, 4, and 5, Family Code.

(3) "Juvenile law cases and proceedings" includes all cases and proceedings brought under Title 3, Family Code.

(4) "Mental health cases and proceedings" includes all cases and proceedings brought under Chapter 462, Health and Safety Code, or Subtitle C or D, Title 7, Health and Safety Code.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.01, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0003: Jurisdiction

(a) A statutory county court has jurisdiction over all causes and proceedings, civil and criminal, original and appellate, prescribed by law for county courts.

(b) A statutory county court does not have jurisdiction over causes and proceedings concerning roads, bridges, and public highways and the general administration of county business that is within the jurisdiction of the commissioners court of each county.

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(c) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, a statutory county court exercising civil jurisdiction concurrent with the constitutional jurisdiction of the county court has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) civil cases in which the matter in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $200,000, excluding interest, statutory or punitive damages and penalties, and attorney's fees and costs, as alleged on the face of the petition; and

(2) appeals of final rulings and decisions of the division of workers' compensation of the Texas Department of Insurance regarding workers' compensation claims, regardless of the amount in controversy.

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(c) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, a statutory county court exercising civil jurisdiction concurrent with the constitutional jurisdiction of the county court has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) civil cases in which the matter in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $250,000, excluding interest, statutory or punitive damages and penalties, and attorney's fees and costs, as alleged on the face of the petition; and

(2) appeals of final rulings and decisions of the division of workers' compensation of the Texas Department of Insurance regarding workers' compensation claims, regardless of the amount in controversy.

(d) Except as provided by Subsection (e), a statutory county court has, concurrent with the county court, the probate jurisdiction provided by general law for county courts.

(e) In a county that has a statutory probate court, a statutory probate court is the only county court created by statute with probate jurisdiction.

(f) A statutory county court does not have the jurisdiction of a statutory probate court granted statutory probate courts by the Estates Code.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 2, 3, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 431, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 265 (H.B. 7), Sec. 6.002, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.02, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 22.022, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0004: Powers and Duties

(a) A statutory county court or its judge may issue writs of injunction, mandamus, sequestration, attachment, garnishment, certiorari, supersedeas, and all writs necessary for the enforcement of the jurisdiction of the court. It may issue writs of habeas corpus in cases where the offense charged is within the jurisdiction of the court or any court of inferior jurisdiction in the county.

(b) A statutory county court or its judge may punish for contempt as prescribed by general law.

(c) The judge of a statutory county court has all other powers, duties, immunities, and privileges provided by law for county court judges.

(d) Except as provided by Subsection (e), the judge of a statutory county court has no authority over the county's administrative business that is performed by the county judge.

(e) The judge of a statutory county court may be delegated authority to hear an application under Section 25.052, 26.07, or 61.312, Alcoholic Beverage Code.

(f) The judge of a statutory county court does not have general supervisory control or appellate review of the commissioners court.

(g) A judge of a statutory county court has the judicial immunity of a district judge.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 417, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.03, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0005: Judge's Salary

(a) A statutory county court judge, other than a statutory county court judge who engages in the private practice of law, shall be paid a total annual salary set by the commissioners court at an amount that is not less than $1,000 less than the sum of the annual salary as set by the General Appropriations Act in accordance with Section 659.012 paid to a district judge with comparable years of service as the statutory county court judge and any state or county contributions and supplements paid to a district judge in the county, other than contributions received as compensation under Section 74.051. A statutory county court judge's total annual salary includes any state or county contributions and supplements paid to the judge. For purposes of this subsection, the years of service of a statutory county court judge include any years of service as an appellate court, district court, multicounty statutory county court, or statutory probate court justice or judge.

(a-1) The minimum salary prescribed by Subsection (a) that is to be based on the annual salary of a district judge under Section 659.012(b) becomes effective on the first day of the county's fiscal year following the date the statutory county court judge accrues the years of service required for an increase in salary under Subsection (a).

(a-2) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), the maximum annual salary of a statutory county court judge is $1,000 less than the sum of the maximum combined annual salary from all state and county sources paid to a district judge entitled to a salary under Section 659.012(b)(2) and any longevity pay received by a district judge in accordance with Section 659.0445(d).

(b) Subject to any salary requirements otherwise imposed by this chapter for a particular court or county, the commissioners court sets the salary of each statutory county court judge who engages in the private practice of law.

(c) The salary shall be paid in:

(1) equal monthly installments; or

(2) equal biweekly installments if authorized by the commissioners court.

(d) Notwithstanding Section 25.0001(a), this section prevails over any other law that limits a particular statutory county court judge to an annual salary of less than the amount provided by Subsection (a), but does not affect a salary minimum set by other law that equals or exceeds the amount provided by Subsection (a).

(e) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1301, Sec. 13(1), eff. October 1, 2007.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1301, Sec. 13(1), eff. October 1, 2007.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1301, Sec. 13(1), eff. October 1, 2007.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 4, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 144, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 80, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1119, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1572, Sec. 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1999; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 616, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1301 (S.B. 600), Sec. 1, eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1301 (S.B. 600), Sec. 13(1), eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 194 (S.B. 560), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1121 (H.B. 2384), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.0006: Bond; Removal

(a) Notwithstanding any other law except Subsection (a-4), Subsections (a-1), (a-2), and (a-3) control over a specific provision for a particular court or county that attempts to create a requirement for a bond or insurance that conflicts with those subsections.

(a-1) Before beginning the duties of the office, the judge of a statutory county court must execute a bond that:

(1) is payable to the treasurer of the county;

(2) is in the amount set by the commissioners court of:

(A) subject to Paragraph (B), not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000; or

(B) for a judge presiding in the court over guardianship proceedings, as defined by Section 1002.015, Estates Code, or over probate proceedings, as defined by Section 22.029, Estates Code, not less than:

(i) $100,000 for a court in a county with a population of 125,000 or less; or

(ii) $250,000 for a court in a county with a population of more than 125,000; and

(3) is conditioned that the judge will:

(A) faithfully perform all duties of office; and

(B) for a judge presiding in the court over guardianship or probate proceedings, perform the duties required by the Estates Code.

(a-2) The bond executed as required by Subsection (a-1) must be approved by the commissioners court.

(a-3) In lieu of the bond required by Subsection (a-1)(2)(B), a county may elect to obtain insurance against losses caused by the gross negligence of a judge of a statutory county court in performing the duties of office. The commissioners court of a county shall pay the premium for the insurance out of the general funds of the county.

(a-4) This section does not apply to:

(1) a judge of a statutory county court who does not preside over guardianship proceedings, as defined by Section 1002.015, Estates Code;

(2) a judge of a statutory probate court who executes a bond, obtains insurance, or self-insures pursuant to Section 25.00231; or

(3) a judge who presides over a county criminal court.

(b) The judge of a statutory county court may be removed from office in the same manner and for the same reasons as a county judge.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 515 (S.B. 40), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 25.0007: Juries; Practice and Procedure

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(a) The drawing of jury panels, selection of jurors, and practice in the statutory county courts must conform to that prescribed by law for county courts.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(a) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 34(1), eff. September 1, 2020.

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(b) Practice in a statutory county court is that prescribed by law for county courts, except that practice, procedure, rules of evidence, issuance of process and writs, and all other matters pertaining to the conduct of trials and hearings in the statutory county courts, other than the number of jurors, that involve those matters of concurrent jurisdiction with district courts are governed by the laws and rules pertaining to district courts. This section does not affect local rules of administration adopted under Section 74.093.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(b) Practice in a statutory county court is that prescribed by law for county courts, except that practice, procedure, rules of evidence, issuance of process and writs, the drawing of jury panels, the selection of jurors, and all other matters pertaining to the conduct of trials and hearings in the statutory county courts that involve those matters of concurrent jurisdiction with district courts are governed by the laws and rules pertaining to the district courts in the county in which the statutory county court is located. This section does not affect local rules of administration adopted under Section 74.093.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(c) In a civil case pending in a statutory county court in which the matter in controversy exceeds $250,000, the jury shall be composed of 12 members unless all of the parties agree to a jury composed of a lesser number of jurors.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 5, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.04, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2020.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 34(1), eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0008: Fees

A judge of a statutory county court shall assess the same fees as are prescribed by law relating to county judges' fees. The clerk of the court shall collect the fees and pay them into the county treasury on collection. A fee may not be paid to the judge.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0009: Vacancy

(a) The commissioners court of each county shall appoint a person to fill a vacancy in the office of judge of a statutory county court.

(b) The appointee holds office until the next general election and until the successor is elected and has qualified.

(c) This section applies to a vacancy existing on creation of the office of judge.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0010: Facilities; Personnel

(a) The commissioners court of each county shall provide the physical facilities necessary to operate the statutory county court in each county.

(b) The county attorney or criminal district attorney shall serve each statutory county court as required by law.

(c) A county sheriff shall in person or by deputy attend a statutory county court as required by the court.

(d) The county clerk shall serve as clerk of each statutory county court. The court officials shall perform the duties and responsibilities of their offices and are entitled to the compensation, fees, and allowances prescribed by law for those offices.

(e) The judge of a statutory county court may appoint the personnel necessary for the operation of the court, including a court coordinator or administrative assistant, if the commissioners court has approved the creation of the position.

(f) The commissioners court may authorize the employment of as many additional assistant district attorneys, assistant county attorneys, deputy sheriffs, and clerks as are necessary for a statutory county court.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.05, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0011: Seal

The seal of each statutory county court is the same as that provided by law for a county court except that the seal must contain the name of the statutory county court as it appears in this chapter.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0012: Exchange of Judges in Certain County Courts at Law and County Criminal Courts

In any county with a population of more than 300,000, the judge of a county criminal court and the judge of a county court at law may hold court for or with one another. The county criminal court has the necessary civil jurisdiction to hold court for the county court at law.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0014: Qualifications of Judge

The judge of a statutory county court must:

(1) be at least 25 years of age;

(2) be a United States citizen and have resided in the county for at least two years before election or appointment; and

(3) be a licensed attorney in this state who has practiced law or served as a judge of a court in this state, or both combined, for the four years preceding election or appointment, unless otherwise provided for by law.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 6, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.06(a), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0015: State Contribution

Beginning on the first day of the state fiscal year, the state shall annually compensate each county in an amount equal to 60 percent of the state base salary paid to a district judge as set by the General Appropriations Act in accordance with Section 659.012(a) for each statutory county court judge in the county who:

(1) does not engage in the private practice of law; and

(2) presides over a court with at least the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 6, eff. Oct. 1, 1991. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1119, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1572, Sec. 3, eff. Oct. 1, 1999; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 616, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1301 (S.B. 600), Sec. 2, eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1301 (S.B. 600), Sec. 13(2), eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1121 (H.B. 2384), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.0016: Terms of Court; Terms and Sessions of Court Following Certain Disasters

(a) The commissioners court, by order, shall set at least two terms a year for the statutory county court.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, if a disaster, as defined by Section 418.004, precludes a statutory county court from holding its terms in accordance with the order of the commissioners court, the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region, with the approval of the judge of the affected statutory county court, may designate the terms and sessions of court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.07(a), eff. January 1, 2012.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 5, eff. June 7, 2019.

Sec. 25.00161: Private Practice of Law

The regular judge of a statutory county court shall diligently discharge the duties of the office on a full-time basis and may not engage in the private practice of law.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.07(a), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0017: Visiting Judge to Take Oath

(a) A person who is a retired or former judge shall, before accepting an assignment as a visiting judge of a statutory county court, take the oath of office required by the constitution and file the oath with the regional presiding judge.

(b) A regional presiding judge shall maintain a file containing the oaths of office filed with the judge under Subsection (a).

(c) A retired or former judge may be assigned as a visiting judge of a statutory county court only if the judge has filed with the regional presiding judge an oath of office as required by this section.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 456, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 782, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 960, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 25.0018: Record

(a) When a retired or former judge is appointed as a visiting judge, the clerk shall enter in the administrative file as a part of the proceedings in the cause a record that gives the visiting judge's name and shows that:

(1) the judge of the court was disqualified, absent, or disabled to try the cause;

(2) the visiting judge was appointed; and

(3) the oath of office prescribed by law for a retired or former judge who is appointed as a visiting judge was duly administered to the visiting judge and filed with the regional presiding judge.

(b) "Administrative file" means a file kept by the court clerk for the court's administrative orders and assigned a cause number.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 456, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 782, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 960, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 469, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 25.0019: Location of Proceedings Following Certain Disasters

(a) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 17, eff. June 7, 2019.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, including a specific provision in this chapter for a particular court or county that requires a statutory county court to conduct its proceedings at the county seat, if a disaster, as defined by Section 418.004, precludes a statutory county court in that county from conducting its proceedings at the county seat, the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region, with the approval of the judge of the affected statutory county court, may designate for the proceedings an alternate location:

(1) in the county; or

(2) outside the county at the location the presiding judge determines is closest in proximity to the county seat that allows the court to safely and practicably conduct its proceedings, provided the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region for the designated location approves if that presiding judge is not the presiding judge making the designation.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1076 (H.B. 2766), Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 6, eff. June 7, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 17, eff. June 7, 2019.

Sec. 25.0020: Appointment of Counsel in Certain Appeals

(a) On a written application of any party to an eviction suit, the county court or county court at law in which an appeal of the suit is filed may appoint any qualified attorney who is willing to provide pro bono services in the matter or counsel from a list provided by a pro bono legal services program of counsel willing to be appointed to handle appeals under this section to attend to the cause of a party who:

(1) was in possession of the residence at the time the eviction suit was filed in the justice court; and

(2) has perfected the appeal on a pauper's affidavit approved in accordance with Rule 749a, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

(b) The appointed counsel shall represent the individual in the proceedings of the suit in the county court or county court at law. At the conclusion of those proceedings, the appointment terminates.

(c) The court may terminate representation appointed under this section for cause.

(d) Appointed counsel may not receive attorney's fees unless the recovery of attorney's fees is provided for by contract, statute, common law, court rules, or other regulations. The county is not responsible for payment of attorney's fees to appointed counsel.

(e) The court shall provide for a method of service of written notice on the parties to an eviction suit of the right to request an appointment of counsel on perfection of appeal on approval of a pauper's affidavit.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1183 (H.B. 3637), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1351 (S.B. 408), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2009.

Subchapter B

Sec. 25.0021: Jurisdiction

(a) If this section conflicts with a specific provision for a particular statutory probate court or county, the specific provision controls, except that this section controls over a specific provision for a particular court or county if the specific provision attempts to create jurisdiction in a statutory probate court other than jurisdiction over probate, guardianship, mental health, or eminent domain proceedings.

(b) A statutory probate court as that term is defined in Section 22.007(c), Estates Code, has:

(1) the general jurisdiction of a probate court as provided by the Estates Code; and

(2) the jurisdiction provided by law for a county court to hear and determine actions, cases, matters, or proceedings instituted under:

(A) Section 166.046, 192.027, 193.007, 552.015, 552.019, 711.004, or 714.003, Health and Safety Code;

(B) Chapter 462, Health and Safety Code; or

(C) Subtitle C or D, Title 7, Health and Safety Code.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 22.023, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 25.00211: State Contribution

(a) Beginning on the first day of the state fiscal year, the state shall annually compensate each county that collects the additional fees under Section 51.704 in an amount equal to $40,000 for each statutory probate court judge in the county.

(b) The amount shall be paid to the county treasury for deposit in the contributions fund created under Section 25.00213 in equal monthly installments from funds appropriated from the judicial fund.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1572, Sec. 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1443, Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2001.

Sec. 25.00212: Excess Contributions

(a) At the end of each state fiscal year, the comptroller shall determine the amounts deposited in the judicial fund under Section 51.704 and the sum of the amount paid under Section 25.0022(e) and the total amounts paid to the counties under Section 25.00211. If the total amount deposited under Section 51.704 by all counties exceeds that sum, the state shall remit the excess proportionately to each county that deposited a greater amount in the judicial fund under Section 51.704 than the amount the county was paid under Section 25.00211, as adjusted in an equitable manner to reflect the differences in the total amounts paid to the counties under Section 25.00211.

(b) The amounts remitted under Subsection (a) shall be paid to the county treasury for deposit in the contributions fund created under Section 25.00213.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1572, Sec. 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1263, Sec. 7, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1443, Sec. 2, eff. June 17, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 718 (H.B. 2359), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 25.00213: Contributions Fund

(a) A contributions fund is created in the county treasury of each county that collects the additional fees under Section 51.704.

(b) Money in a contributions fund created under this section may be used only for court-related purposes for the support of the statutory probate courts in the county, including for the payment of the compensation of a statutory probate court associate judge in accordance with Section 54.605.

(c) A county may not reduce the amount of funds provided for the support of the statutory probate courts in the county because of the availability of funds from the county's contributions fund.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1443, Sec. 3, eff. June 17, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 400 (S.B. 821), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Sec. 25.0022: Administration of Statutory Probate Courts

(a) "Statutory probate court" has the meaning assigned by Chapter 22, Estates Code.

(b) The judges of the statutory probate courts shall elect from their number a presiding judge of the statutory probate courts. The presiding judge serves a four-year term from the date of qualification as the presiding judge.

(c) The presiding judge may perform the acts necessary to carry out this section and to improve the management of the statutory probate courts and the administration of justice.

(d) The presiding judge shall:

(1) ensure the promulgation of local rules of administration in accordance with policies and guidelines set by the supreme court;

(2) advise local statutory probate court judges on case flow management practices and auxiliary court services;

(3) perform a duty of a local administrative statutory probate court judge if the local administrative judge does not perform that duty;

(4) appoint an assistant presiding judge of the statutory probate courts;

(5) call and preside over annual meetings of the judges of the statutory probate courts at a time and place in the state as designated by the presiding judge;

(6) call and convene other meetings of the judges of the statutory probate courts as considered necessary by the presiding judge to promote the orderly and efficient administration of justice in the statutory probate courts;

(7) study available statistics reflecting the condition of the dockets of the probate courts in the state to determine the need for the assignment of judges under this section;

(8) compare local rules of court to achieve uniformity of rules to the extent practical and consistent with local conditions;

(9) assign or order the clerk who serves the statutory probate courts to randomly assign a judge or former or retired judge of a statutory probate court to hear a case under Section 25.002201(a) or 25.00255, as applicable; and

(10) require the local administrative judge for statutory probate courts in a county to ensure that all statutory probate courts in the county comply with Chapter 37.

(e) In addition to all other compensation, expenses, and perquisites authorized by law, the presiding judge shall be paid for performing the duties of a presiding judge an annual salary equal to the maximum salary authorized by Section 74.051(b) for a presiding judge of an administrative judicial region. The presiding judge is entitled to receive reasonable expenses incurred in administering those duties. The state shall pay $5,000 of the salary in equal monthly installments from amounts deposited in the judicial fund under Section 51.704 and appropriated for that purpose, and the remainder of the salary and expenses is paid by the counties that have statutory probate courts, apportioned according to the number of statutory probate courts in the county.

(f) Each county pays annually to the presiding judge, from fees collected pursuant to Section 118.052(2)(A)(vi), Local Government Code, the amount of the salary apportioned to it as provided by this section and the other expenses authorized by this section. The presiding judge shall place each county's payment of salary and other expenses in an administrative fund, from which the salary and other expenses are paid. The salary shall be paid in equal monthly installments.

(g) The assistant presiding judge may assign probate judges as provided by this section and perform the office of presiding judge:

(1) on the death or resignation of the presiding judge and until a successor presiding judge is elected; or

(2) when the presiding judge is unable to perform the duties of the office because of absence, disqualification, disabling illness, or other incapacity.

(h) Subject to Section 25.002201, a judge or a former or retired judge of a statutory probate court may be assigned by the presiding judge of the statutory probate courts to hold court in a statutory probate court, a county court, or any statutory court exercising probate jurisdiction when:

(1) a statutory probate judge requests assignment of another judge to the judge's court;

(2) a statutory probate judge is absent, disabled, or disqualified for any reason;

(3) a statutory probate judge is present or is trying cases as authorized by the constitution and laws of this state and the condition of the court's docket makes it necessary to appoint an additional judge;

(4) the office of a statutory probate judge is vacant;

(5) the presiding judge of an administrative judicial district requests the assignment of a statutory probate judge to hear a probate matter in a county court or statutory county court;

(6) the statutory probate judge is recused or disqualified as described by Section 25.002201(a);

(7) a county court judge requests the assignment of a statutory probate judge to hear a probate matter in the county court; or

(8) a local administrative statutory probate court judge requests the assignment of a statutory probate judge to hear a matter in a statutory probate court.

(i) A judge assigned under this section has the jurisdiction, powers, and duties given by Sections 32.001, 32.002, 32.003, 32.005, 32.006, 32.007, 34.001, 1022.001, 1022.002, 1022.003, 1022.005, 1022.006, and 1022.007, Estates Code, to statutory probate court judges by general law.

(j) Except as otherwise provided by this section, the salary, compensation, and expenses of a judge assigned under this section are paid in accordance with state law.

(k) The daily compensation of a former or retired judge for purposes of this section is set at an amount equal to the daily compensation of a judge of a statutory probate court in the county in which the former or retired judge is assigned. A former or retired judge assigned to a county that does not have a statutory probate court shall be paid an amount equal to the daily compensation of a judge of a statutory probate court in the county where the assigned judge was last elected.

(l) An assigned judge is entitled to receive reasonable and necessary expenses for travel, lodging, and food. The assigned judge shall furnish the presiding judge, for certification, an accounting of those expenses with a statement of the number of days the judge served.

(m) The presiding judge shall certify to the county judge in the county in which the assigned judge served:

(1) the expenses approved under Subsection (l); and

(2) a determination of the assigned judge's salary.

(n) A judge who has jurisdiction over a suit pending in one county may, unless a party objects, conduct any of the judicial proceedings except the trial on the merits in a different county.

(o) The county in which the assigned judge served shall pay out of the general fund of the county:

(1) expenses certified under Subsection (m) to the assigned judge; and

(2) the salary certified under Subsection (m) to the county in which the assigned judge serves, or, if the assigned judge is a former or retired judge, to the assigned judge.

(p) In addition to all compensation and expenses authorized by this section and other law, a judge who is assigned to a court outside the county of the judge's residence is entitled to receive $25 for each day or fraction of a day served. The county in which the judge served shall pay the additional compensation from the county's general fund on certification by the presiding judge.

(q) When required to attend an annual or special meeting prescribed by this section, a judge is entitled to receive, in addition to all other compensation allowed by law, actual and necessary travel expenses incurred going to and returning from the place of the meeting and actual and necessary expenses while attending the meeting. On certification by the presiding judge, the judge's county of residence shall pay the expenses from the county's general fund.

(r) Chapter 74 and Subchapter I, Chapter 75, do not apply to the assignment under this section of statutory probate court judges.

(s) The presiding judge may appoint any special or standing committees of statutory probate court judges necessary or desirable for court management and administration.

(t) To be eligible for assignment under this section, a former or retired judge of a statutory probate court must:

(1) not have been removed from office;

(2) certify under oath to the presiding judge, on a form prescribed by the state board of regional judges, that:

(A) the judge has not been publicly reprimanded or censured by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct; and

(B) the judge:

(i) did not resign or retire from office after the State Commission on Judicial Conduct notified the judge of the commencement of a full investigation into an allegation or appearance of misconduct or disability of the judge as provided in Section 33.022 and before the final disposition of that investigation; or

(ii) if the judge did resign from office under circumstances described by Subparagraph (i), was not publicly reprimanded or censured as a result of the investigation;

(3) annually demonstrate that the judge has completed in the past state fiscal year the educational requirements for an active statutory probate court judge;

(4) have served as an active judge for at least 72 months in a district, statutory probate, statutory county, or appellate court; and

(5) have developed substantial experience in the judge's area of specialty.

(t-1) The service requirement in Subsection (t)(4) is 72 months instead of 96 months.

(u) In addition to the eligibility requirements under Subsection (t), to be eligible for assignment under this section in the judge's county of residence, a former or retired judge of a statutory probate court must certify to the presiding judge a willingness not to:

(1) appear and plead as an attorney in any court in the judge's county of residence for a period of two years; and

(2) accept appointment as a guardian ad litem, guardian of the estate of an incapacitated person, or guardian of the person of an incapacitated person in any court in the judge's county of residence for a period of two years.

(v) A judge who is assigned under this section to a court in a county other than the county in which the judge serves is not an employee of the other county.

(w) A former or retired judge who is assigned under this section is not an employee of the county in which the assigned court is located.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.03(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1101, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 691, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 298, Sec. 1, 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1064, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1435, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 65, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 440, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 468, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 820, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 9.002, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 718 (H.B. 2359), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1206 (S.B. 683), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1263 (H.B. 764), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1351 (S.B. 408), Sec. 12(d), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1085 (S.B. 1196), Sec. 40, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1338 (S.B. 1198), Sec. 1.41, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.08, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 (H.B. 1438), Sec. 32, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1223 (S.B. 1876), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 22.024, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 14.01, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.002201: Assignment of Judge on Recusal Or Disqualification

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), not later than the 15th day after the date an order of recusal or disqualification of a statutory probate court judge is issued in a case, the presiding judge shall assign a statutory probate court judge or a former or retired judge of a statutory probate court to hear the case if:

(1) the judge of the statutory probate court recused himself or herself under Section 25.00255(g)(1)(A);

(2) the judge of the statutory probate court disqualified himself or herself under Section 25.00255(g-1);

(3) the order was issued under Section 25.00255(i-3)(1); or

(4) the presiding judge receives notice and a request for assignment from the clerk of the statutory probate court under Section 25.00255(l).

(b) If the judge who is the subject of an order of recusal or disqualification is the presiding judge of the statutory probate courts, the chief justice of the supreme court shall assign a statutory probate judge or a former or retired judge of a statutory probate court to hear the case.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(3), eff. September 1, 2015.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1206 (S.B. 683), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 (H.B. 1438), Sec. 33, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 (H.B. 1438), Sec. 37(3), eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1141 (H.B. 2782), Sec. 45, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.00221: Visiting Judge to Take Oath; Record

(a) This section applies to the assignment of a retired or former judge as a visiting judge of a statutory probate court under Section 25.0022.

(b) A person who is a retired or former judge shall, before accepting an assignment as a visiting judge of a statutory probate court, take the oath of office required by the constitution and file the oath with the presiding judge of the statutory probate courts.

(c) The presiding judge shall maintain a file containing the oaths of office filed with the judge under Subsection (b).

(d) A retired or former judge may be assigned as a visiting judge of a statutory probate court only if the judge has filed with the presiding judge an oath of office as required by this section.

(e) When a retired or former judge is appointed as a visiting judge, the clerk shall enter in the administrative file as a part of the proceedings in the cause a record that gives the visiting judge's name and shows that:

(1) the judge of the court was disqualified, absent, or disabled to try the cause;

(2) the visiting judge was appointed; and

(3) the oath of office prescribed by law for a retired or former judge who is appointed as a visiting judge was duly administered to the visiting judge and filed with the presiding judge.

(f) "Administrative file" means a file kept by the court clerk for the court's administrative orders and assigned a cause number.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 960, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 469, Sec. 2, 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 25.00222: Transfer of Cases

(a) The judge of a statutory probate court may transfer a cause of action pending in that court to another statutory probate court in the same county that has jurisdiction over the cause of action that is transferred.

(b) If the judge of a statutory probate court that has jurisdiction over a cause of action appertaining to or incident to an estate pending in the statutory probate court determines that the court no longer has jurisdiction over the cause of action, the judge may transfer that cause of action to:

(1) a district court, county court, statutory county court, or justice court located in the same county that has jurisdiction over the cause of action that is transferred; or

(2) the court from which the cause of action was transferred to the statutory probate court under Section 34.001 or 1022.007, Estates Code.

(c) When a cause of action is transferred from a statutory probate court to another court as provided by Subsection (a) or (b), all processes, writs, bonds, recognizances, or other obligations issued from the statutory probate court are returnable to the court to which the cause of action is transferred as if originally issued by that court. The obligees in all bonds and recognizances taken in and for the statutory probate court, and all witnesses summoned to appear in the statutory probate court, are required to appear before the court to which the cause of action is transferred as if originally required to appear before the court to which the transfer is made.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 71, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 64, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Renumbered from Government Code Sec. 25.00221 by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1275, Sec. 2(55), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 22.025, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 25.0023: Compensation of Probate Court Judges

(a) The commissioners court shall set the total annual salary of each judge of a statutory probate court at an amount that is at least equal to the sum of the annual salary as set by the General Appropriations Act in accordance with Section 659.012 paid to a district judge with comparable years of service as the statutory probate court judge and any state or county contributions and supplements paid to a district judge in the county, other than contributions received as compensation under Section 74.051. A statutory probate court judge's total annual salary includes any state or county contributions and supplements paid to the judge, other than contributions paid under Section 25.0022(e). For purposes of this subsection, the years of service of a statutory probate court judge include any years of service as an appellate court, district court, multicounty statutory county court, or statutory county court justice or judge.

(a-1) The minimum salary prescribed by Subsection (a) that is to be based on the annual salary of a district judge under Section 659.012(b) becomes effective on the first day of the county's fiscal year following the date the judge accrues the years of service required for an increase in salary under Subsection (a).

(a-2) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), the maximum annual salary of a statutory probate court judge is $1,000 less than the sum of the maximum combined annual salary from all state and county sources paid to a district judge entitled to a salary under Section 659.012(b)(2) and any longevity pay received by a district judge in accordance with Section 659.0445(d).

(b) Notwithstanding any other law and in addition to the judge's annual salary, the commissioners court annually shall pay a judge of a statutory probate court who has continuously served as a judge of a statutory probate court or a statutory county court since August 31, 1995, an additional amount equal to the amount of benefit replacement pay a district judge is entitled to receive from the state under Subchapter H, Chapter 659, for equivalent continuous service.

(c) The commissioners court monthly shall pay a statutory probate court judge who has served as a judge of a statutory probate court or a statutory county court for at least 16 years longevity pay in an amount equal to the amount of longevity pay a district judge is entitled to receive from the state for equivalent years of service. The longevity pay is in addition to the judge's monthly salary.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 426, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 9.0025, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 609 (H.B. 765), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1121 (H.B. 2384), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.00231: Bond; Insurance

(a) This section controls over a specific provision for a particular court or county that attempts to create a requirement for a bond or insurance that conflicts with this section.

(b) Before beginning the duties of office, a judge of a statutory probate court must execute a bond that is:

(1) payable to the county treasurer or other person performing the duties of county treasurer;

(2) in the amount of $500,000;

(3) conditioned on the faithful performance of the duties of the office; and

(4) approved by the commissioners court.

(c) In lieu of the bond required by Subsection (b), a county may elect to obtain insurance or to self-insure in the amount required by Subsection (b) against losses caused by the statutory probate court judge's gross negligence in performing the duties of office.

(d) The commissioners court of a county shall pay the premium for the bond or insurance required by this section out of the general funds of the county.

(e) This section does not apply to an assigned or visiting judge sitting by assignment in a statutory probate court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 331 (H.B. 2967), Sec. 1, eff. October 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.09, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0024: Court Coordinators, Administrative Assistants, and Auditors for Statutory Probate Courts

(a) A judge of a statutory probate court shall hire with the approval of the commissioners court through the county budget process a court coordinator, an administrative assistant, and an auditor for the court.

(b) Court personnel employed under this section are entitled to receive a salary set by the commissioners court. The county shall pay the salary in the same manner that other county employees are paid.

(c) Court personnel employed under this section are entitled to receive the same employment benefits, in addition to salary, that other county employees receive.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 597, Sec. 68, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 410, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 25.0025: Court Investigators

(a) The judge of a statutory probate court shall appoint a court investigator. One person shall serve as the court investigator for all statutory probate courts in the county unless the commissioners court has authorized additional investigators. The commissioners court may authorize additional court investigators if necessary.

(b) The commissioners court shall set the salary of a court investigator.

(c) to (e). Repealed by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 1039, Sec. 72, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Comments

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 905, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 1039, Sec. 72, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Sec. 25.00251: Public Probate Administrator

(a) A statutory probate court judge, with the concurrence of the commissioners court, may appoint a public probate administrator for the county in which the statutory probate court is located. One person shall serve as the public probate administrator for all statutory probate courts in the county unless the commissioners court has authorized additional public probate administrators.

(b) If a county has more than one statutory probate court, the presiding judges of all of the statutory probate courts located in the county shall designate, by a majority vote, a specific statutory probate court judge to appoint and administer the office of the public probate administrator in that county. If the statutory probate court judges cannot, by a majority vote, determine which statutory probate court judge shall appoint and administer the office of the public probate administrator in that county, the chief presiding statutory probate court judge shall cast the tiebreaking vote to decide which statutory probate court judge shall appoint and administer the office of the public probate administrator in that county.

(c) The public probate administrator may be a person, a charitable organization, or any other suitable entity.

(d) The commissioners court shall set the compensation of the public probate administrator.

(e) The public probate administrator, with the consent of and at salaries set by the commissioners court, may employ assistants, deputies, clerks, and any other employees as necessary to carry out Chapter 455, Estates Code.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 671 (H.B. 1755), Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 25.00255: Recusal Or Disqualification of Judge

(a) Notwithstanding any conflicting provision in the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules 18a and 18b, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, apply to the recusal and disqualification of a statutory probate court judge except as otherwise provided by this section or another provision of this subchapter. The presiding judge:

(1) has the authority and shall perform the functions and duties of the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region under the rules, including the duty to hear or rule on a referred motion of recusal or disqualification or, subject to Subdivisions (2) and (3), assign a judge to hear and rule on a referred motion of recusal or disqualification;

(2) may assign a presiding judge of the administrative judicial region to hear and rule on a referred motion of recusal or disqualification only with the consent of the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region;

(3) may not assign a judge of a statutory probate court located in the same county as the statutory probate court served by the judge who is the subject of the motion of recusal or disqualification; and

(4) if the presiding judge is the subject of the motion of recusal or disqualification, shall sign and file with the clerk an order referring the motion to the chief justice of the supreme court for assignment of a presiding judge of an administrative judicial region, a statutory probate court judge, or a former or retired judge of a statutory probate court to hear and rule on the motion, subject to Subdivisions (2) and (3).

(a-1) Notwithstanding Rule 18a(h), Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, or any other conflicting provision of the rules, the judge who hears a motion of recusal or disqualification, after notice and hearing, may:

(1) order the party or attorney who filed the motion, or both, to pay the reasonable attorney's fees and expenses incurred by another party if the judge determines that the motion was:

(A) groundless and filed in bad faith or for the purpose of harassment; or

(B) clearly brought for unnecessary delay and without sufficient cause; and

(2) enjoin the movant from filing other recusal motions in the case without the prior written consent of the presiding judge of the statutory probate courts.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(g) A judge who recuses himself or herself:

(1) shall enter an order of recusal and:

(A) if the judge serves a statutory probate court located in a county with only one statutory probate court, request that the presiding judge assign a judge under Section 25.002201 to hear the case; or

(B) subject to Subsection (l), if the judge serves a statutory probate court located in a county with more than one statutory probate court, request that the presiding judge order the clerk who serves the statutory probate courts in that county to randomly reassign the case to a judge of one of the other statutory probate courts located in the county; and

(2) may not take other action in the case except for good cause stated in the order in which the action is taken.

(g-1) A judge who disqualifies himself or herself:

(1) shall enter an order of disqualification and:

(A) if the judge serves a statutory probate court located in a county with only one statutory probate court, request that the presiding judge assign a judge under Section 25.002201 to hear the case; or

(B) subject to Subsection (l), if the judge serves a statutory probate court located in a county with more than one statutory probate court, request that the presiding judge order the clerk who serves the statutory probate courts in that county to randomly reassign the case to a judge of one of the other statutory probate courts; and

(2) may not take other action in the case.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(i-1) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(i-2) A judge who hears a motion for recusal or disqualification may also hear any amended or supplemented motion for recusal or disqualification filed in the case.

(i-3) If a motion for recusal or disqualification is granted, the presiding judge shall transfer the case to another court or assign another judge to the case and:

(1) if the judge subject to recusal or disqualification serves a statutory probate court located in a county with only one statutory probate court, the presiding judge or judge assigned to decide the motion shall enter an order of recusal or disqualification, as appropriate, and request that the presiding judge assign a judge under Section 25.002201 to hear the case; or

(2) subject to Subsection (l), if the judge subject to recusal or disqualification serves a statutory probate court located in a county with more than one statutory probate court, the presiding judge or judge assigned to decide the motion shall enter an order of recusal or disqualification, as appropriate, and request that the clerk who serves the statutory probate courts in that county randomly reassign the case to a judge of one of the other statutory probate courts located in the county.

(i-4) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(i-5) A judge assigned to hear a motion for recusal or disqualification is entitled to receive the same salary, compensation, and expenses, and to be paid in the same manner and from the same fund, as a judge otherwise assigned under Section 25.0022.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 , Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

(k) A party may file a motion for sanctions alleging that another party in the case filed a motion for the recusal or disqualification of a judge solely to delay the case and without sufficient cause. The presiding judge of the administrative judicial district or the judge assigned to hear the motion for recusal may approve a motion for sanctions authorized by Rule 215.2(b), Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

(l) If a clerk of a statutory probate court is unable to reassign a case as requested under Subsection (g)(1)(B), (g-1)(1)(B), or (i-3)(2) because the other statutory probate court judges in the county have been recused or disqualified or are otherwise unavailable to hear the case, the clerk shall immediately notify the presiding judge and request that the presiding judge assign a judge under Section 25.002201 to hear the case.

(m) The clerk of a statutory probate court shall immediately notify and provide to the presiding judge of the statutory probate courts a copy of an order of recusal or disqualification issued with respect to the judge of the statutory probate court.

Comments

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1435, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 9.0011, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1297 (S.B. 406), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1206 (S.B. 683), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 (H.B. 1438), Sec. 34, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1031 (H.B. 1438), Sec. 37(2), eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1141 (H.B. 2782), Sec. 46, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.00256: Tertiary Recusal Motion Against Judge

(a) In this section, "tertiary recusal motion" means a third or subsequent motion for recusal or disqualification filed in a case against any statutory probate court judge by the same party. The term includes any third or subsequent motion filed in the case by the same party, regardless of whether that motion is filed against a different judge than the judge or judges against whom the previous motions for recusal or disqualification were filed.

(b) A judge who declines recusal after a tertiary recusal motion is filed shall comply with applicable rules of procedure for recusal and disqualification except that the judge shall continue to:

(1) preside over the case;

(2) sign orders in the case; and

(3) move the case to final disposition as though a tertiary recusal motion had not been filed.

(c) A judge hearing a tertiary recusal motion against another judge who denies the motion shall award reasonable and necessary attorney's fees and costs to the party opposing the motion. The party making the motion and the attorney for the party are jointly and severally liable for the award of fees and costs. The fees and costs must be paid before the 31st day after the date the order denying the tertiary recusal motion is rendered unless the order is properly superseded.

(d) The denial of a tertiary recusal motion is only reviewable on appeal from final judgment.

(e) If a tertiary recusal motion is finally sustained, the new judge for the case shall vacate all orders signed by the sitting judge during the pendency of the tertiary recusal motion.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1297 (S.B. 406), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 25.0026: Powers and Duties

(a) A statutory probate court or its judge may issue writs of injunction, mandamus, sequestration, attachment, garnishment, certiorari, supersedeas, and all writs necessary for the enforcement of the jurisdiction of the court. It may issue writs of habeas corpus in cases in which the offense charged is within the jurisdiction of the court or any court of inferior jurisdiction in the county.

(b) A statutory probate court or its judge may punish for contempt as prescribed by general law.

(c) The judge of a statutory probate court has all other powers, duties, immunities, and privileges provided by law for county court judges.

(d) The judge of a statutory probate court has no authority over the county's administrative business that is performed by the county judge.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 7, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Sec. 25.0027: Juries; Practice and Procedure

The drawing of jury panels, selection of jurors, and practice in the statutory probate courts must conform to that prescribed by law for county courts, except that practice, procedure, rules of evidence, issuance of process and writs, juries, including the number of jurors, and all other matters pertaining to the conduct of trials and hearings in the statutory probate courts involving those matters of concurrent jurisdiction with district courts are governed by the laws and rules pertaining to district courts.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 391, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 26, 1991.

Sec. 25.0029: Fees

A judge of a statutory probate court shall assess the same fees as are prescribed by law relating to county judges' fees. The clerk of the court shall collect the fees and pay them into the county treasury on collection. A fee may not be paid to the judge.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 26, 1991.

Sec. 25.0030: Facilities; Personnel

(a) The commissioners court of each county shall provide the physical facilities necessary to operate the statutory probate court in each county.

(b) The county attorney or criminal district attorney and sheriff shall serve each statutory probate court. The county clerk shall serve as clerk of each statutory probate court. The court officials shall perform the duties and responsibilities of their offices and are entitled to the compensation, fees, and allowances prescribed by law for those offices.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 26, 1991.

Sec. 25.0031: Seal

The seal of each statutory probate court is the same as that provided by law for a county court except that the seal must contain the name of the statutory probate court as it appears in this chapter.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 26, 1991.

Sec. 25.0032: Location of Proceedings Following Certain Disasters

(a) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 17, eff. June 7, 2019.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, including a specific provision in this chapter for a particular court or county that requires a statutory probate court to conduct its proceedings at the county seat, if a disaster, as defined by Section 418.004, precludes a statutory probate court in that county from conducting its proceedings at the county seat, the presiding judge of the statutory probate courts, with the approval of the judge of the affected statutory probate court, may designate for the proceedings an alternate location:

(1) in the county; or

(2) outside the county at the location the presiding judge of the statutory probate courts determines is closest in proximity to the county seat that allows the court to safely and practicably conduct its proceedings, provided the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region for the designated location approves.

Comments

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1076 (H.B. 2766), Sec. 3, eff. June 15, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 7, eff. June 7, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 17, eff. June 7, 2019.

Sec. 25.0033: Qualifications of Judge

The judge of a statutory probate court must:

(1) be at least 25 years of age;

(2) be a United States citizen and have resided in the county for at least two years before election or appointment; and

(3) be a licensed attorney in this state who has practiced law or served as a judge of a court in this state, or both combined, for the five years preceding election or appointment, unless otherwise provided for by law.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.10(a), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0034: Private Practice of Law

The regular judge of a statutory probate court shall diligently discharge the duties of the office on a full-time basis and may not engage in the private practice of law.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.10(a), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0035: Terms of Court; Terms and Sessions of Court Following Certain Disasters

(a) The commissioners court, by order, shall set at least two terms a year for the statutory probate court.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, if a disaster, as defined by Section 418.004, precludes a statutory probate court from holding its terms in accordance with the order of the commissioners court, the presiding judge of the statutory probate courts, with the approval of the judge of the affected statutory probate court, may designate the terms and sessions of court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.10(a), eff. January 1, 2012.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 507 (S.B. 40), Sec. 8, eff. June 7, 2019.

Subchapter C

Sec. 25.0041: Anderson County

(a) Anderson County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Anderson County.

(b) The County Court at Law of Anderson County sits in Palestine.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Renumbered from Sec. 25.0031 by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 9.001(c), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 25.0042: Anderson County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Anderson County has:

(1) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(A) probate matters and proceedings, including will contests;

(B) family law cases and proceedings;

(C) criminal cases; and

(D) actions and proceedings under Subtitle B, Title 9, Property Code; and

(2) concurrent jurisdiction with the county and district courts over all suits arising under the Family Code.

(a-1) A county court at law also has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in felony cases to conduct arraignments, conduct pretrial hearings, and accept guilty pleas.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(1), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(1), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The salary of the judge of a county court at law shall be paid out of the county treasury by the commissioners court. The judge is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as the county judge.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(1), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in all cases arising under the Family Code and Section 23.001 and shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law; the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other cases.

(h) The judge of a county court at law may appoint an official court reporter or the judge may contract for the services of a court reporter under guidelines established by the commissioners court.

(i) If a case under the Family Code or Section 23.001 is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(1), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Appeals in all civil cases from judgments and orders of a county court at law are to the court of appeals as provided for appeals from district and county courts. Appeals in all criminal cases are to the court of appeals as provided for appeals from county courts. All cases appealed from the justice courts and other inferior courts in Anderson County must be made directly to a county court at law, unless otherwise provided by law.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., 2nd C.S. ch. 38, Sec. 3, eff. Oct. 20, 1987; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.04(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.02, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 9, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 525, Sec. 1, eff. May 31, 1997. Renumbered from Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 9.001(c).

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.11, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(1), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0051: Angelina County

Angelina County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law No. 1 of Angelina County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Angelina County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 614, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 10(a), eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 745, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993.

Sec. 25.0052: Angelina County Court at Law Provisions

Text of subsec. (a) as amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 614, Sec. 2

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Angelina County has:

(1) concurrent with the county court, the probate jurisdiction provided by general law for county courts; and

(2) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(A) civil cases in which the matter in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $50,000, excluding interest; and

(B) family law cases and proceedings.

Text of subsec. (a) as amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 10(b)

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Angelina County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Angelina County has:

(1) concurrent with the county court, the probate jurisdiction provided by general law for county courts; and

(2) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(2), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary of at least $14,000. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(e) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(2), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(2), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(2), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Sections 25.0007 and 25.0011 do not apply to a county court at law in Angelina County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 614, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 10(b), eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(2), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0061: Aransas County

Aransas County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Aransas County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 688, Sec. 1, eff. June 13, 2001.

Sec. 25.0062: Aransas County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law of Aransas County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) felony cases to conduct arraignments, conduct pretrial hearings, and accept guilty pleas.

(b) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in felony cases and family law cases and proceedings, and the county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in all other cases. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law. The commissioners court shall provide the deputy clerks, bailiffs, and other personnel necessary to operate a county court at law.

(c) The jury is composed of six members unless the constitution or other law requires a 12-member jury.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 688, Sec. 1, eff. June 13, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 998, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 25.0091: Atascosa County

Atascosa County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Atascosa County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 2.01(a), eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 25.0092: Atascosa County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Atascosa County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) Class A and Class B misdemeanor cases;

(2) family law matters;

(3) juvenile matters;

(4) probate matters; and

(5) appeals from the justice and municipal courts.

(b) A county court at law does not have general supervisory control or appellate review of the commissioners court or jurisdiction of:

(1) suits on behalf of this state to recover penalties or escheated property;

(2) misdemeanors involving official misconduct; or

(3) contested elections.

(c) The judge of a county court at law must have the same qualifications as those required by law for a district judge.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid a total annual salary set by the commissioners court at an amount that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary received by a district judge in the county. A district judge's or statutory county court judge's total annual salary does not include contributions and supplements paid by a county.

(e) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, except that the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in Class A and Class B misdemeanor cases and probate matters. The county clerk shall serve as clerk of a county court at law in all other matters. Each clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

(f) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive a salary set by the judge of the county court at law with the approval of the commissioners court.

(g) Jurors summoned for a county court at law or a district court in the county may by order of the judge of the court to which they are summoned be transferred to another court for service and may be used as if summoned for the court to which they are transferred.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 2.01(a), eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 25.0101: Austin County

Austin County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Austin County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0102: Austin County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Austin County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(3), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(3), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to 75 percent of the annual salary paid by the state to a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid by the county treasurer on order of the commissioners court. The judge is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses including administrative and clerical personnel, in the same manner as is allowed the county judge.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(3), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in family law cases and proceedings, and the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other cases. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law. The commissioners court may employ the assistant district attorneys, deputy sheriffs, and bailiffs necessary to serve a county court at law.

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(h) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members; in all other cases the jury shall be composed of six members.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(h) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members; in all other cases the jury shall be composed of six members except as provided by the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(3), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 861, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 861, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 11, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.12, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(3), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0131: Bastrop County

Bastrop County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Bastrop County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0132: Bastrop County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Bastrop County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary paid out of the county treasury that does not exceed 90 percent of the salary paid by the state to a district judge in the county. The judge is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical help, in the same manner as the county judge.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(4), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in family law cases and proceedings, and the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other cases. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

(f) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(4), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(4), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 12, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.13, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(4), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0151: Bee County

Bee County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Bee County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 702, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Sec. 25.0152: Bee County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Bee County has:

(1) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) notwithstanding any law granting exclusive jurisdiction to the district court, concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in criminal cases.

(b) A county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the justice court in all criminal matters prescribed by law for justice courts. This subsection does not affect the right of appeal to a county court at law from a justice court where the right of appeal to the county court exists by law.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(5), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, and the county clerk shall serve as clerk of a county court at law in all other cases. The commissioners court shall provide the deputy clerks, bailiffs, and other personnel necessary to operate a county court at law.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(5), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) A judge of a county court at law in Bee County may not be assigned under Chapter 74 to serve as a visiting judge in Bexar, Dallas, Ector, Fort Bend, Harris, Jefferson, Lubbock, Midland, Tarrant, or Travis County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 702, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(5), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0161: Bell County

Bell County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Bell County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Bell County; and

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Bell County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 366, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Sec. 25.0162: Bell County Court at Law Provisions

(a) The judge of County Court at Law No. 3 of Bell County is prohibited from being assigned under Chapter 74 as a visiting judge in Bexar, Dallas, Ector, Fort Bend, Harris, Jefferson, Lubbock, Midland, Tarrant, or Travis County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(6), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary in an amount not to exceed the salary set by the commissioners court for the county judge. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(6), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(6), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(6), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(6), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Section 25.0011 does not apply to a county court at law in Bell County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 366, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(6), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0171: Bexar County

(a) Repealed by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 42, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

(b) Bexar County has the following county courts at law:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Bexar County, Texas;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Bexar County, Texas;

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Bexar County, Texas;

(4) County Court at Law No. 4 of Bexar County, Texas;

(5) County Court at Law No. 5 of Bexar County, Texas;

(6) County Court at Law No. 6 of Bexar County, Texas;

(7) County Court at Law No. 7 of Bexar County, Texas;

(8) County Court at Law No. 8 of Bexar County, Texas;

(9) County Court at Law No. 9 of Bexar County, Texas;

(10) County Court at Law No. 10 of Bexar County, Texas;

(11) County Court at Law No. 11 of Bexar County, Texas;

(12) County Court at Law No. 12 of Bexar County, Texas;

(13) County Court at Law No. 13 of Bexar County, Texas;

(14) County Court at Law No. 14 of Bexar County, Texas; and

(15) County Court at Law No. 15 of Bexar County, Texas.

(c) Bexar County also has the following statutory probate courts:

(1) Probate Court No. 1 of Bexar County, Texas; and

(2) Probate Court No. 2 of Bexar County, Texas.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 410, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 42, Sec. 1, 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1072 (H.B. 4741), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 9(a), eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 25.0172: Bexar County Court at Law Provisions

(a) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 201 , Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 201 , Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.

(c) Any of the county courts at law may hear criminal cases and appeals de novo from the municipal and justice courts.

(c-1) The County Courts at Law Nos. 7 and 13 of Bexar County, Texas, shall give preference to cases prosecuted under:

(1) Section 22.01, Penal Code, in which the victim is a person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is described by Chapter 71, Family Code; and

(2) Section 25.07 or 25.072, Penal Code.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(7), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(f) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(g) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(h) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 201 , Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.

(j) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid as provided by Section 25.0005. The compensation shall be paid out of the county's general fund or officers' salary fund. Before raising a salary the commissioners court must publish notice containing information of the salaries affected and the amount of the proposed raise in a newspaper of general circulation in the county. The commissioners court may raise the salaries of the county court at law judges only after 10 days' notice and only at a regular meeting of the commissioners court.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(7), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(7), eff. January 1, 2012.

(m) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(7), eff. January 1, 2012.

(n) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(7), eff. January 1, 2012.

(o) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(7), eff. January 1, 2012.

(p) The county clerk shall keep a separate docket for each county court at law. The county clerk shall appoint a deputy clerk for each county court at law. An appointment of a deputy clerk of County Court at Law No. 2 or 3 takes effect when it is confirmed in writing by the judge of the court to which the deputy clerk is assigned and the deputy clerk serves at the pleasure of the judge of the court to which he is assigned. A deputy clerk must take the constitutional oath of office and may be required to furnish bond in an amount, conditioned and payable, as required by the county clerk. A deputy clerk must attend all sessions of the court to which he is assigned. A deputy clerk acts in the name of the county clerk and may perform any official act or service required of the county clerk and shall perform any other service required by the judge of a county court at law. The deputy clerks may act for one another in performing services for the county courts at law, but a deputy is not entitled to receive additional compensation for acting for another deputy. If a vacancy occurs, the county clerk shall immediately appoint another deputy clerk as provided by this subsection. A deputy clerk of a county court at law is entitled to the same amount of compensation as received by the deputy clerks of the other county courts at law in Bexar County. The commissioners court shall pay the salary of a deputy clerk in equal monthly installments from county funds.

(q) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(7), eff. January 1, 2012.

(r) The assistant prosecuting attorneys of the County Courts at Law Nos. 2, 3, and 5 are entitled to receive equal amounts of compensation to be paid in equal monthly installments by warrants drawn against the county's general fund on order of the commissioners court.

(s) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(7), eff. January 1, 2012.

(t) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(7), eff. January 1, 2012.

(u) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive an annual salary set by the judge and approved by the commissioners court at an amount not less than $35,256. The official court reporter's fee shall be taxed as costs in civil actions in County Courts at Law Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 in the same manner as that fee is taxed in district court. In County Court at Law No. 2, the clerk collects the official court reporters' fee of $3 and pays it into the county treasury in the same manner as district clerks are required to collect and pay costs.

(v) Section 25.0006 does not apply to a county court at law in Bexar County.

(w) This section does not apply to the statutory probate courts.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.05(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 410, Sec. 2, 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1066, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 42, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1072 (H.B. 4741), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 9(b), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(7), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 96 (S.B. 743), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 201 (S.B. 909), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 201 (S.B. 909), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 25.0173: Bexar County Probate Courts

(a) A statutory probate court in Bexar County has the general jurisdiction of a probate court as provided by Section 25.0021. Probate Courts Nos. 1 and 2 have eminent domain jurisdiction and jurisdiction to decide the issue of title to real or personal property. Notwithstanding the local rules adopted under Section 74.093, the county clerk shall docket all eminent domain cases equally in Probate Court No. 1 and Probate Court No. 2.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 42, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(8), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(8), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 331, Sec. 2, eff. October 1, 2007.

(f) The judge of a statutory probate court shall be paid an annual salary in an amount not less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by the judge of a district court in the county.

(g) The county clerk shall appoint a deputy clerk for each statutory probate court. An appointment takes effect when it is confirmed in writing by the judge of the court to which the deputy clerk is assigned. A deputy clerk serves at the pleasure of the judge of the court to which the deputy clerk is assigned. A deputy clerk must take the constitutional oath of office, and the county clerk may require the deputy clerk to furnish a bond in an amount, conditioned and payable, as required by law. A deputy clerk acts in the name of the county clerk and may perform any official act or service required of the county clerk and shall perform any other service required by the judge of a statutory probate court. A deputy clerk must attend all sessions of the court to which he is assigned. A deputy clerk is entitled to receive an annual salary set by the judge in an amount that does not exceed the amount paid the deputies of the county courts at law of Bexar County. The salary shall be paid in equal monthly installments as provided by law for the payment of salaries of deputy clerks.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(8), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(8), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Appeals may be taken from interlocutory orders appointing a receiver and overruling a motion to vacate an order appointing a receiver in Probate Court No. 2. The procedure and manner in which appeals from interlocutory orders are taken are governed by the laws relating to appeals from similar orders of district courts.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(8), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) The official court reporter of a statutory probate court is entitled to receive an annual salary set by the judge and approved by the commissioners court at an amount not less than $35,256.

(m) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 4, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(n) Probate Court No. 1 has primary responsibility for mental illness proceedings.

(o) Notwithstanding the local rules adopted under Section 74.093, the county clerk shall docket all mental health matters in Probate Court No. 1 and shall docket all even-numbered probate cases in Probate Court No. 2 and all odd-numbered probate cases in Probate Court No. 1.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 410, Sec. 4, 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 4, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 42, Sec. 3, 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 331 (H.B. 2967), Sec. 2, eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(8), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0201: Bosque County

Bosque County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Bosque County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 239 (S.B. 2229), Sec. 1, eff. October 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 10(a), eff. October 1, 2009.

Sec. 25.0202: Bosque County Court at Law Provisions

Text of subsection as amended by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.01

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Bosque County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings;

(2) civil cases in which the matter in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $200,000, excluding interest, court costs, and attorney's fees;

(3) contested probate matters under Section 32.003, Estates Code; and

(4) felony cases transferred from the district court to conduct arraignments, pretrial hearings, and motions to adjudicate or revoke and to accept guilty pleas.

Text of subsection as amended by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 6

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Bosque County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) contested probate matters under Section 32.003, Estates Code.

(b) The County Court at Law of Bosque County has primary jurisdiction over juvenile matters.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(9), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(9), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid as provided by Section 25.0005. The judge's salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court. Notwithstanding any other law, the judge is entitled to necessary office and operational expenses, including administrative and clerical personnel, on the approval of the commissioners court. Administrative and clerical personnel to which a judge is entitled on approval under this subsection includes a court coordinator, court reporter, and bailiff.

(f) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases, except as otherwise required by law, the jury shall be composed of six members.

(g) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, including transferred felony proceedings, the judge of a county court at law and the district judge may exchange benches, transfer cases, assign each other to hear cases in accordance with orders signed and approved by the judges, and otherwise manage their respective dockets under local administrative rules.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 239 (S.B. 2229), Sec. 1, eff. October 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 10(a), eff. October 1, 2009.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.14, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(9), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 22.026, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.01(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0211: Bowie County

Bowie County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Bowie County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1144, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2001.

Sec. 25.0212: Bowie County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law and except as limited by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Bowie County has, concurrent with the district court, the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and by general law for district courts.

(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) felony criminal matters;

(2) suits on behalf of the state to recover penalties or escheated property;

(3) misdemeanors involving official misconduct;

(4) contested elections; or

(5) civil cases in which the matter in controversy exceeds $200,000, excluding interest, statutory or punitive damages and penalties, and attorney's fees and costs, as alleged on the face of the petition.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(10), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to 60 percent, but does not exceed 80 percent, of the annual salary that is paid to a district judge in Bowie County, including any supplements or contributions payable by the state or Bowie County. The salary shall be paid from the same fund and in the same manner as other county officials in Bowie County are paid.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(10), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The commissioners court may authorize the judge of a county court at law to set the official court reporter's salary.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(10), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district courts, and the county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in all other matters. Each clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

Comments

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1144, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.15, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(10), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0221: Brazoria County

Brazoria County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 and Probate Court of Brazoria County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 and Probate Court of Brazoria County;

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 and Probate Court of Brazoria County; and

(4) County Court at Law No. 4 and Probate Court of Brazoria County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 229 (H.B. 3489), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 25.0222: Brazoria Statutory County Court Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a statutory county court in Brazoria County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) civil cases in which the matter in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $200,000, excluding interest, statutory damages and penalties, and attorney's fees and costs, as alleged on the face of the petition;

(2) appeals of final rulings and decisions of the division of workers' compensation of the Texas Department of Insurance regarding workers' compensation claims, regardless of the amount in controversy; and

(3) family law cases and proceedings and juvenile jurisdiction under Section 23.001.

(b) A statutory county court may enforce an order of the family district court for the 300th Judicial District relating to a family law matter.

(c) A statutory county court shall be primarily responsible for and give preference to:

(1) cases in which its jurisdiction is concurrent with the county court;

(2) eminent domain proceedings and cases;

(3) proceedings under Title 3 of the Family Code; and

(4) civil cases in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $20,000, excluding interest.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(11), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(11), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) A judge of a statutory county court shall be paid annual compensation in an amount that is not less than the amount that is $1,000 less than the annual salary paid to the district judges of the county from all sources. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(g) In addition to the fees assessed under Section 25.0008, a statutory county court judge shall assess the fees prescribed by law for district judges according to the nature of the matter.

(h) A judge may be removed from office in the same manner and for the same reasons as a district judge.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(11), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(11), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) The district clerk serves as clerk of the statutory county courts in cases instituted in the district courts in which the district courts and statutory county courts have concurrent jurisdiction, and the county clerk serves as clerk for all other cases.

(l) The official court reporter of a statutory county court is entitled to the same compensation as the reporters of the district courts of Brazoria County, to be paid by the county treasurer out of the general fund of the county.

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(m) When a jury trial is requested in a case of concurrent jurisdiction between the district courts and statutory county courts, and the case was instituted in district court, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases in which a jury trial is requested in the statutory county courts the jury shall be composed of six jurors.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(m) When a jury trial is requested in a case of concurrent jurisdiction between the district courts and statutory county courts, and the case was instituted in district court, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases in which a jury trial is requested in the statutory county courts the jury shall be composed of six jurors except as provided by the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law.

(n) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(11), eff. January 1, 2012.

(o) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 4, eff. Aug. 26, 1991.

(p) In addition to other assignments provided by law, a judge of a statutory county court in Brazoria County is subject to assignment under Subchapter C, Chapter 74, to any county in the Second Administrative Judicial Region other than Harris County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.03, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 4, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 726, Sec. 1, 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 13, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 265 (H.B. 7), Sec. 6.003, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.16, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(11), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0231: Brazos County

Brazos County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Brazos County; and

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Brazos County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.06(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 25.0232: Brazos County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Brazos County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(12), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(12), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to the amount paid the county judge. The salary shall be paid from the same fund and in the same manner as other county officials are paid. The judge is entitled to travel and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as the county judge.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(12), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, and the county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in all other cases.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(12), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(12), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Section 25.0008 does not apply to a county court at law in Brazos County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 14, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(12), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0271: Brown County

Brown County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Brown County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 513, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 27, 2001.

Sec. 25.0272: Brown County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law of Brown County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) felony criminal cases.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(13), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(13), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The salary of a judge of a county court at law shall be set by the commissioners court in accordance with law and shall be paid out of the county treasury on orders from the commissioners court.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(13), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The district clerk serves as the clerk of a county court at law in matters in which the county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court. The county clerk serves as the clerk of a county court at law in all other matters.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 513, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 27, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(13), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0291: Burnet County

Burnet County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Burnet County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1003, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 25.0292: Burnet County Court at Law Provisions

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (k), in addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Burnet County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings, including juvenile cases.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(14), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(14), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court. The county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in all other cases. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for each county court at law.

(e) Except as provided by Subsection (f), a judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary set by the commissioners court in an amount that is at least equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including contributions and supplements, received by a district judge in the county. The salary of the judge shall be paid in equal monthly installments out of the county treasury by the commissioners court.

(f) The Commissioners Court of Burnet County shall set the salary of each judge of a county court at law who engages in the private practice of law.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(14), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(14), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(14), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) The official court reporter of a county court at law is a sworn officer of the court who holds office at the pleasure of the court. The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive compensation in an amount that is at least equal to the compensation received by the lowest-paid official court reporter in the district court in the county. The compensation shall be paid in the same manner as compensation for a district court reporter is paid.

(k) Section 25.0003(c)(2) does not apply to a county court at law in Burnet County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1003, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 582, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 616, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1301 (S.B. 600), Sec. 5, eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(14), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0301: Caldwell County

Caldwell County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Caldwell County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0302: Caldwell County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Caldwell County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(15), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(15), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in family law cases and proceedings, and the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other cases and proceedings. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

(f) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(15), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Section 25.0005(b) does not apply to a county court at law in Caldwell County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 15, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.17, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(15), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0311: Calhoun County

Calhoun County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law No. 1 of Calhoun County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0312: Calhoun County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Calhoun County has the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and by general law for district courts.

(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) felony cases other than writs of habeas corpus;

(2) misdemeanors involving official misconduct;

(3) contested elections; or

(4) appeals from county court.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(16), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(16), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The salary of the judge of a county court at law shall be paid semimonthly in equal installments by the county treasurer on order of the commissioners court. The judge is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, as authorized by the commissioners court.

(g) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive a salary set by the commissioners court. The salary shall be paid semimonthly by the commissioners court out of funds available for that purpose.

(h) , (i) Repealed by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1134, Sec. 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(16), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.07(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1134, Sec. 1 to 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.18, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(16), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0331: Cameron County

(a) Cameron County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Cameron County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Cameron County;

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Cameron County;

(4) County Court at Law No. 4 of Cameron County; and

(5) County Court at Law No. 5 of Cameron County.

(b) The county courts at law of Cameron County sit in Brownsville.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1444, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 3.01(a), eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 25.0332: Cameron County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Cameron County has:

(1) concurrent with the county court, the probate jurisdiction provided by general law for county courts; and

(2) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in civil cases in which the amount in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $1 million, excluding interest.

(b) The County Court at Law No. 4 of Cameron County shall give preference to probate, guardianship, and mental health matters.

(c) An appeal or writ of error may not be taken to a court of appeals from a final judgment of a county court at law if:

(1) the court had original or appellate jurisdiction with the justice court; and

(2) the judgment or amount in controversy does not exceed $100, excluding interest and costs.

(d) Appeals from the justice court and other inferior courts in Cameron County must be made directly to a county court at law.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(17), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(17), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that does not exceed 90 percent of the amount paid district judges in the county. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on orders of the commissioners court.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(17), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) The county clerk may appoint a deputy to attend the county courts at law.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(17), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(17), eff. January 1, 2012.

(m) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(17), eff. January 1, 2012.

(n) Section 25.0006(a) does not apply to County Court at Law No. 1 of Cameron County. Section 25.0008 does not apply to County Court at Law No. 2 of Cameron County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 688, Sec. 1, eff. June 16, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1444, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 777, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(17), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 3.01(b), eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 25.0361: Cass County

Cass County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Cass County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 16 (S.B. 524), Sec. 1, eff. May 3, 2005.

Sec. 25.0362: Cass County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law and except as limited by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Cass County has the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and by general law for district courts, including concurrent jurisdiction in:

(1) misdemeanor cases;

(2) arraignments, pleas, and pre-trial motions for felony cases;

(3) trials for felony cases transferred from a district court in Cass County to the county court at law on agreement of the county court at law judge;

(4) family law cases and proceedings, including juvenile matters; and

(5) appeals from justice courts and from the county court in misdemeanor cases.

(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) misdemeanors involving official misconduct;

(2) suits on behalf of the state to recover penalties or escheated property;

(3) contested elections;

(4) suits in which the county is a party; or

(5) felony cases involving capital murder.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(18), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law except that the county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in probate matters.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1301, Sec. 13(4), eff. October 1, 2007.

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(f) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, a jury in a county court at law shall be composed of six members unless the constitution requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury. In matters in which the constitution does not require a 12-member jury and the county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, the jury may be composed of 12 members if a party to the suit requests a 12-member jury and the judge of the court consents. In a civil case tried in a county court at law, the parties may, by mutual agreement and with the consent of the judge, agree to try the case with any number of jurors and have a verdict rendered and returned by the vote of any number of those jurors that is less than the total number of jurors.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(f) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, a jury in a county court at law shall be composed of six members except as provided by the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury. In matters in which the constitution or other law does not require a 12-member jury and the county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, the jury may be composed of 12 members if a party to the suit requests a 12-member jury. In a civil case tried in a county court at law, the parties may, by mutual agreement, agree to try the case with any number of jurors and have a verdict rendered and returned by the vote of any number of those jurors that is less than the total number of jurors.

(g) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, a judge of a county court at law and a judge of a district court in Cass County may transfer cases between the courts in the same manner that judges of district courts may transfer cases under Section 24.003.

(h) The judge of a county court at law in Cass County is entitled to a budget for travel and continuing education in an amount that is at least equal to the amount budgeted to the county judge for travel and continuing education.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 16 (S.B. 524), Sec. 1, eff. May 3, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1301 (S.B. 600), Sec. 13(4), eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.05, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.19, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(18), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0381: Chambers County

Chambers County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Chambers County.

Comments

Text of section effective on January 01, 2021

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.02(a), eff. January 1, 2021.

Sec. 25.0382: Chambers County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Chambers County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) arraignments, pleas, and pretrial motions for felony cases; and

(2) family law cases and proceedings.

(b) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, a judge of a county court at law and a judge of a district court in Chambers County may transfer cases between the courts in the same manner that judges of district courts may transfer cases under Section 24.003.

(c) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary in an amount at least equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(d) The judge of a county court at law is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical help, in the same manner as a district judge in the county.

(e) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court other than misdemeanor cases and probate matters and proceedings. The county clerk serves as clerk for all other cases. Each clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law. The commissioners court may employ as many deputy sheriffs and bailiffs as are necessary to serve the court.

(f) If a case or proceeding in which a county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with a district court is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases, the jury shall be composed of six members.

(g) The judge of a county court at law may, instead of appointing an official court reporter, contract for the services of a court reporter under guidelines established by the commissioners court.

(h) The laws governing the drawing, selection, service, and pay of jurors for county courts apply to a county court at law. Jurors regularly impaneled for a week by the district court may, on a request of a judge of the county court at law, be made available and shall serve for the week in a county court at law.

(i) A county court at law has the same terms of court as a district court in Chambers County.

Comments

Text of section effective on January 01, 2021

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.02(a), eff. January 1, 2021.

Sec. 25.0391: Cherokee County

(a) Cherokee County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Cherokee County.

(b) A county court at law of Cherokee County sits in Rusk.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0392: Cherokee County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Cherokee County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(19), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(19), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The salary of the judge of a county court at law shall be paid out of the county treasury by the commissioners court. The judge is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as is allowed the county judge.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(19), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The district clerk serves as clerk of the court in family law cases and proceedings and the county clerk serves as clerk for all other cases. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law. The commissioners court may employ as many deputy sheriffs and bailiffs as are necessary to serve the court.

(h) The judge of a county court at law may appoint an official court reporter or the judge may contract for the services of a court reporter under guidelines established by the commissioners court.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(19), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(19), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(19), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) An appeal from a justice court or other court of inferior jurisdiction must be made directly to a county court at law or the county court unless otherwise provided by law.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 16, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(19), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0451: Collin County

(a) Collin County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Collin County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Collin County;

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Collin County;

(4) County Court at Law No. 4 of Collin County;

(5) County Court at Law No. 5 of Collin County;

(6) County Court at Law No. 6 of Collin County; and

(7) County Court at Law No. 7 of Collin County.

(b) Collin County has one statutory probate court, the Probate Court No. 1 of Collin County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 504, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 45, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 377, Sec. 1(a), eff. Jan. 1, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 3.02(a), eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 25.0452: Collin County Court at Law Provisions

(a) The salary of a judge of a county court at law shall be paid out of the county treasury on orders of the commissioners court.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(20), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(20), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(20), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 504, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(20), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0453: Collin County Statutory Probate Court Provisions

(a) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(21), eff. January 1, 2012.

(b) The salary of a judge of a statutory probate court shall be paid out of the county treasury on orders of the commissioners court.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(21), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(21), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(21), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) A statutory probate court has the general jurisdiction of a probate court as provided by Section 25.0021.

(g) The judge of a statutory probate court may, unless a party objects, provide that a proceeding be recorded by a good quality electronic recording device instead of by a court reporter. A stenographic record of an electronically recorded proceeding is not required except on order of the judge. If a recording device is used, the court reporter is not required to be present to certify the record. The judge may designate one or more persons to act as the court recorder and shall assign to a court recorder the duties and responsibilities necessary to act in that capacity.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 692, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(21), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 559 (S.B. 677), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 25.0481: Comal County

Comal County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Comal County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Comal County; and

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Comal County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 377, Sec. 2(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.03(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.0482: Comal County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Comal County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(22), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(22), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(22), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law for family law cases and proceedings, and the county clerk serves as clerk for all other cases and proceedings.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(22), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(22), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Section 25.0005(b) does not apply to a county court at law in Comal County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 17, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.20, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(22), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0511: Cooke County

Cooke County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Cooke County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 535, Sec. 1, eff. Dec. 1, 2001.

Sec. 25.0512: Cooke County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Cooke County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in family law cases and proceedings, and the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other cases and proceedings.

(c) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid annual compensation equal to the annual compensation, including all supplements, paid from any public source to a district judge in the county. The salary of the judge of a county court at law shall be paid in equal installments at least monthly.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(23), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) A court officer appointed by the judge of a county court at law shall be sworn by the judge by an oath in the general form provided by law for appointed officials. The judge shall modify the oath to apply to the particular officer and duties or to conform to any statutory oath required for the particular position.

(f) An official court reporter of a county court at law may be paid:

(1) annual compensation equal to the annual compensation paid the official court reporters serving each district court in Cooke County; and

(2) any longevity pay to which the reporter is entitled under a county compensation program.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(23), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(23), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) The judges of each district court and county court at law in Cooke County may enter joint local administrative orders providing for the exchange of benches in cases in which a district court and county court at law have concurrent jurisdiction.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 535, Sec. 1, eff. Dec. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(23), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.04, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.0521: Coryell County

Coryell County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Coryell County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0522: Coryell County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Coryell County has:

(1) concurrent with the county court, the probate jurisdiction provided by general law for county courts; and

(2) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(24), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(24), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The salary of a judge of a county court at law shall be paid out of the county treasury on orders of the commissioners court.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(24), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(24), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Sections 25.0007 and 25.0011 do not apply to a county court at law in Coryell County.

(i) Notwithstanding Section 25.0521, the County Court at Law of Coryell County is created October 1, 1992, or on an earlier date determined by the commissioners court by an order entered in its minutes.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 18, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(24), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0591: Dallas County

(a) Dallas County has the following county courts at law:

(1) County Court of Dallas County at Law No. 1;

(2) County Court of Dallas County at Law No. 2;

(3) County Court of Dallas County at Law Number 3;

(4) County Court of Dallas County at Law Number 4; and

(5) County Court of Dallas County at Law No. 5.

(b) Dallas County has the following county criminal courts:

(1) County Criminal Court of Dallas County, Texas;

(2) County Criminal Court No. 2 of Dallas County, Texas;

(3) County Criminal Court No. 3 of Dallas County, Texas;

(4) County Criminal Court Number Four of Dallas County, Texas;

(5) County Criminal Court Number Five of Dallas County, Texas;

(6) County Criminal Court Number 6 of Dallas County, Texas;

(7) County Criminal Court Number 7 of Dallas County, Texas;

(8) County Criminal Court No. 8 of Dallas County, Texas;

(9) County Criminal Court No. 9 of Dallas County, Texas;

(10) County Criminal Court No. 10 of Dallas County, Texas; and

(11) County Criminal Court No. 11 of Dallas County, Texas.

(c) Dallas County has the following county criminal courts of appeals:

(1) County Criminal Court of Appeals of Dallas County, Texas; and

(2) County Criminal Court of Appeals No. 2 of Dallas County, Texas.

(d) Dallas County has the following statutory probate courts:

(1) Probate Court of Dallas County;

(2) Probate Court Number 2 of Dallas County; and

(3) Probate Court Number 3 of Dallas County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1315, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 25.0592: Dallas County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Dallas County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in civil cases regardless of the amount in controversy.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(25), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) If a civil cause or proceeding that could have been filed in a civil district court of Dallas County is filed in a county court at law in Dallas County and the county court at law does not have subject matter jurisdiction over the cause or proceeding, the filing, docketing, or assignment of the cause or proceeding in or to a county court at law is considered a clerical error, and that clerical error shall be corrected by a judgment or order nunc pro tunc. The cause or proceeding is considered filed, docketed, or assigned to the district court of the local administrative judge in the first instance rather than to a county court at law in Dallas County. The judge of a county court at law in Dallas County who acts in the cause or proceeding is considered assigned to the district court of the local administrative judge for that purpose and has all the powers of the judge of that district court under the assignment.

(d) Notwithstanding Section 31.004, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, a judgment or determination of fact or law in a proceeding in a county court at law in Dallas County is res judicata and constitutes a basis for collateral estoppel in a proceeding in any other court, except for appeals from other tribunals.

(e) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(f) A bond is not required of a judge of a county court at law.

(g) A judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury by the commissioners court.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(25), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(25), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(25), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(25), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Sections 25.0006 and 25.0007 do not apply to a county court at law in Dallas County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.04, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 237, Sec. 1, eff. May 23, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(25), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0593: Dallas County Criminal Court Provisions

(a) A county criminal court in Dallas County has the criminal jurisdiction, original and appellate, provided by the constitution and law for county courts and concurrent jurisdiction with county courts at law for Dallas County to hear appeals of the suspension of driver's licenses and original proceedings regarding occupational driver's licenses.

(b) The County Criminal Court No. 11 of Dallas County, Texas, shall give preference to cases designated by an order signed by a majority of the judges of the county criminal courts of Dallas County.

(c) A judge of a county criminal court shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury by the commissioners court.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(26), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) A county criminal court or its judge may issue writs of habeas corpus and grant injunctions for the enforcement of the penal laws in cases in which the offense charged is within the jurisdiction of the court or any court or tribunal of inferior jurisdiction. A county criminal court or its judge may punish for contempt as prescribed by general law.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(26), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(26), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(26), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(26), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(26), eff. January 1, 2012.

Text of subsection effective until January 01, 2020

(k) The official court reporter of a county criminal court is not required to take testimony in a case unless the judge or a party demands that testimony be taken. If the court reporter takes testimony, the clerk shall collect a $3 fee as costs in the case. The fee shall be paid into the county treasury.

Text of subsection effective on January 01, 2020

(k) The official court reporter of a county criminal court is not required to take testimony in a case unless the judge or a party demands that testimony be taken.

(l) The official court reporter of County Criminal Court No. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 of Dallas County, Texas, is entitled to receive the same fees and salary as a district court reporter.

(m) Sections 25.0003(a) and (c) do not apply to a county criminal court in Dallas County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 5, Sec. 2(a), eff. March 22, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 186, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1315, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(26), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 346), Sec. 4.08, eff. January 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0594: Dallas County Criminal Court of Appeals Provisions

(a) A county criminal court of appeals in Dallas County has:

(1) sole jurisdiction in the county of all appeals from criminal convictions for violation of state law or municipal ordinances of municipalities located in the county in justice courts, municipal courts, or municipal courts of record in the county; and

(2) concurrent criminal original and appellate jurisdiction in the county as provided by the constitution and by law for county courts.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) A judge of a county criminal court of appeals shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury by the commissioners court.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(27), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(27), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) A county criminal court of appeals or its judge may issue writs of habeas corpus and grant injunctions for the enforcement of the penal laws in cases in which the offense charged is within the jurisdiction of the court or any court or tribunal of inferior jurisdiction. The court or its judge may punish for contempt as prescribed by general law.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(27), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(27), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(27), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(27), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(27), eff. January 1, 2012.

Text of subsection effective until January 01, 2020

(l) The official court reporter of a county criminal court of appeals is not required to take testimony in a case in which neither party nor the judge demands it. If the court reporter takes testimony, the clerk shall collect a $3 fee as costs in the case. The fee shall be paid into the county treasury.

Text of subsection effective on January 01, 2020

(l) The official court reporter of a county criminal court of appeals is not required to take testimony in a case in which neither party nor the judge demands it.

(m) The official court reporter of a county criminal court of appeals is entitled to receive the same fees and salary as a district court reporter.

(n) Sections 25.0003(a) and (c) do not apply to a county criminal court of appeals in Dallas County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 5, Sec. 2(b), eff. March 22, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(27), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 346), Sec. 4.09, eff. January 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0595: Dallas County Probate Courts

(a) Repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 3(2), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

(b) The Probate Court No. 3 of Dallas County has primary responsibility for mental illness proceedings.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(28), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(28), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 95, Sec. 2, eff. May 16, 1995.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(28), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(28), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) A judge of a statutory probate court shall be paid an annual salary not less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county. Each statutory probate court judge is entitled to receive the same amount of compensation. The commissioners court shall pay the salary out of the county treasury.

(i) Section 25.0027 does not apply to a statutory probate court in Dallas County.

(j) In addition to the uses authorized by Section 118.064(b), Local Government Code, fees collected under Section 118.052(2)(A)(vi), Local Government Code, may be used by Dallas County for providing staff for the statutory probate courts and for court-related purposes for the support of the statutory probate courts. In determining if the fee produces more revenue than required as provided by Section 118.064(c), Local Government Code, the commissioners court shall include the uses authorized by this subsection.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 3 eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 8, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 389, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 95, Sec. 2, eff. May 16, 1995; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 426, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 3(2), eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 9.001(d), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(28), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0631: Denton County

(a) Denton County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Denton County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Denton County;

(3) County Criminal Court No. 1 of Denton County;

(4) County Criminal Court No. 2 of Denton County;

(5) County Criminal Court No. 3 of Denton County;

(6) County Criminal Court No. 4 of Denton County; and

(7) County Criminal Court No. 5 of Denton County.

(b) Denton County has one statutory probate court, the Probate Court of Denton County.

(c) The statutory county courts of Denton County sit in the county seat or at another location in the county as assigned by the local administrative statutory county court judge. The statutory probate court of Denton County sits in the county seat and may conduct docket matters at other locations in the county as the statutory probate court judge considers necessary for the protection of wards or mental health respondents or as otherwise provided by law.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 328, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1109, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 557, Sec. 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2000; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 267, Sec. 1, eff. May 22, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 536, Sec. 1, eff. May 1, 2002.

Sec. 25.0632: Denton County Statutory Court and Statutory Probate Court Provisions

(a) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(30), eff. January 1, 2012.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(30), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) The judge of each statutory county court and statutory probate court shall be paid annual compensation equal to the annual compensation, including all supplements, paid from any public source to a district judge in the county. For purposes of Sections 25.0005 and 25.0015, a statutory county court or a statutory probate court in Denton County has jurisdiction at least equivalent to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 for statutory county courts. The salary of a statutory county court judge or a statutory probate court judge shall be paid in equal installments at least monthly.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(30), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) A court officer appointed by the judge of a statutory county court or statutory probate court shall be sworn by the judge by an oath in the general form provided by law for appointed officials. The judge shall modify the oath to apply to the particular officer and duties or to conform to any statutory oath required for the particular position.

(f) An official court reporter of a statutory county court or a statutory probate court may be paid:

(1) annual compensation equal to the annual compensation paid the official court reporters serving the district courts in Denton County; and

(2) any longevity pay to which the reporter is entitled under county compensation programs.

(g) The jury in a statutory county court or statutory probate court in all civil or criminal matters is composed of 12 members, except that in misdemeanor criminal cases and any other case in which the court has jurisdiction that under general law would be concurrent with the county court, the jury is composed of six members.

(h) The judges of the statutory county courts may exchange benches and serve for each other in the manner provided by Section 74.121 and are subject to assignment as provided by Section 74.092, except that it is not necessary that a judge's own court have jurisdiction of the type of cases handled by the court to which the judge is assigned or for which the judge is serving.

(i) A judge of a statutory probate court is subject to assignment as provided by Section 25.0022.

(j) Section 25.0006 does not apply to a statutory county court in Denton County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 19, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 962, Sec. 1, 2, eff. June 19, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 328, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 28, 1995; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 557, Sec. 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2000.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.21, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(30), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0633: Denton County Court at Law Provisions

(a) The County Court at Law No. 1 of Denton County shall give preference to juvenile matters under Chapter 25 and Title 3, Family Code, and the ancillary and pendent jurisdiction necessary to enforce orders of the court in juvenile matters.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 267, Sec. 2, eff. May 22, 2001.

(c) Notwithstanding Section 25.0003, the County Court at Law No. 1 of Denton County does not have jurisdiction over civil, civil appellate, probate, or mental health matters or over family law cases and proceedings other than juvenile proceedings.

(d) If the juvenile board designates the County Court at Law No. 1 of Denton County as the juvenile court of the county, the court shall give first preference to juvenile matters and second preference to criminal appeals from convictions in justice or municipal courts. Notwithstanding Chapter 53, Family Code, the criminal district attorney of Denton County is the designated official to receive all felony grade referrals regarding juveniles. If the court is not designated as the juvenile court, the court shall give first preference to criminal appeals cases and second preference to misdemeanor criminal matters.

(e) The County Court at Law No. 2 of Denton County has jurisdiction over all civil causes and proceedings, original and appellate, prescribed by law for county courts.

(f) The County Court at Law No. 2 of Denton County does not have jurisdiction over:

(1) causes and proceedings concerning roads, bridges, and public highways;

(2) the general administration of county business that is within the jurisdiction of the commissioners court of each county; or

(3) criminal causes and proceedings.

(g) The County Court at Law No. 2 of Denton County has the jurisdiction provided by general law for county courts, statutory county courts, or district courts over civil penalties and forfeitures, including bail bond forfeitures and escheats, regardless of the amount in controversy or remedy sought.

(h) Appeals in all cases from judgments and orders of the County Court at Law No. 2 of Denton County are to the court of appeals as provided for an appeal from a district or county court.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 328, Sec. 3, eff. Aug. 28, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 267, Sec. 2, eff. May 22, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 536, Sec. 2, eff. May 1, 2002.

Sec. 25.0634: Denton County Criminal Court Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, the county criminal courts of Denton County have felony jurisdiction concurrent with the district court over matters involving intoxication arising by a true bill of indictment by a grand jury charging one or more offenses under Chapter 49, Penal Code. The jurisdiction provided by this subsection shall be exercised on assignment by a district judge, by the local administrative district judge, or the regional presiding judge after the return of the true bill of indictment.

(b) A county criminal court has no jurisdiction over civil, civil appellate, probate, or mental health matters.

(c) , (d) Repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 267, Sec. 2, eff. May 22, 2001.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 328, Sec. 3, eff. Aug. 28, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 267, Sec. 2, eff. May 22, 2001.

Sec. 25.0635: Denton County Statutory Probate Court Provisions

(a) A statutory probate court in Denton County has the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0021.

(b) , (c) Repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 2(b), eff. May 1, 2002.

(d) A statutory probate court has jurisdiction, regardless of the amount in controversy or remedy sought, over eminent domain cases as provided by Section 21.001, Property Code, for statutory county courts; direct and inverse condemnation cases; adjudication and determination of land titles, whether or not ancillary to eminent domain proceedings; partition cases; suits to quiet title; trespass to try title; lien foreclosures; and adjudication of all freehold and leasehold interests, easements, licenses, and boundaries of real property; with all ancillary or pendent jurisdiction necessary for adjudication of an eminent domain case as provided by Sections 21.002 and 21.003, Property Code.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 328, Sec. 3, eff. Aug. 28, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 2, eff. May 1, 2002.

Sec. 25.0701: Ector County

(a) Ector County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law of Ector County; and

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Ector County.

(b) A county court at law sits in Odessa.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0702: Ector County Court at Law

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Ector County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(31), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) The fees assessed in a case in which a county court at law has concurrent civil jurisdiction with the district court are the same as the fees that would be assessed in the district court for that case.

(d) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is not more than $1,000 less than the salary paid by the state to a district judge. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury, on the order of the commissioners court.

(f) The judge of the County Court at Law No. 2 of Ector County is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as is allowed the county judge.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(31), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(31), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, and the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other cases.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(31), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(31), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(31), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.08(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.05, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 20, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1334 (H.B. 4718), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(31), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0721: Ellis County

Ellis County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law of Ellis County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Ellis County.

Comments

Text of section effective until January 01, 2021

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 461, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.05(a), eff. January 1, 2021.

Sec. 25.0721: Ellis County

Ellis County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law No. 1 of Ellis County;

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Ellis County; and

(3) the County Court at Law No. 3 of Ellis County.

Comments

Text of section effective on January 01, 2021

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 461, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.05(a), eff. January 1, 2021.

Sec. 25.0722: Ellis County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Ellis County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(32), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) The county courts at law of Ellis County have concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in civil cases regardless of the amount in controversy.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(32), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than 90 percent of the annual salary of a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid from the county treasury on order of the commissioners court. The judge is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical personnel, in the same manner as the county judge.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(32), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law for family law cases and proceedings, and the county clerk serves as clerk for all other cases. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law. The commissioners court may employ as many assistant district attorneys, deputy sheriffs, and bailiffs as are necessary to serve the court.

(h) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to compensation set by the commissioners court at an amount at least equal to the compensation paid to the court reporter of a district court in Ellis County.

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(i) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases the jury shall be composed of six members.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(i) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases the jury shall be composed of six members except as provided by the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(32), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(32), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Section 25.0008 does not apply to a county court at law in Ellis County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 21, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 461, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(32), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0731: El Paso County

(a) El Paso County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of El Paso County, Texas;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of El Paso County, Texas;

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of El Paso County, Texas;

(4) County Court at Law No. 4 of El Paso County, Texas;

(5) County Court at Law No. 5 of El Paso County, Texas;

(6) County Court at Law No. 6 of El Paso County, Texas;

(7) County Court at Law No. 7 of El Paso County, Texas;

(8) County Criminal Court at Law No. 1 of El Paso County, Texas;

(9) County Criminal Court at Law No. 2 of El Paso County, Texas;

(10) County Criminal Court at Law No. 3 of El Paso County, Texas; and

(11) County Criminal Court at Law No. 4 of El Paso County, Texas.

(b) El Paso County has the following statutory probate courts:

(1) the Probate Court No. 1 of El Paso County, Texas; and

(2) the Probate Court No. 2 of El Paso County, Texas.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1074, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 512, Sec. 1, eff. June 13, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 139, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2002.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 662 (H.B. 3475), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1122 (H.B. 4008), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 25.0732: El Paso County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (b), a county court at law in El Paso County has the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and by general law for district courts.

(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) felony cases, except as otherwise provided by law;

(2) misdemeanors involving official misconduct; or

(3) contested elections.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) A county court at law may not issue writs of habeas corpus in felony cases.

(f) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in cases in the concurrent jurisdiction of the county courts at law and the district courts, and the county clerk serves as the clerk in all other cases. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for each county court at law.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(l) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county.

(m) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(n) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(o) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(p) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(q) The official court reporter of a county court at law must be well skilled in his profession. The official court reporter of a county court at law is a sworn officer of the court who holds office at the pleasure of the court. The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive at least the same amount as compensation as the official court reporters in the district courts in the county. The compensation shall be paid in the same manner that the district court reporters are paid.

(r) Section 25.0006(b) does not apply to County Court at Law No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 of El Paso County, Texas.

(s) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(t) If any cause or proceeding is lodged with the district clerk and the district clerk files, dockets, or assigns the cause or proceeding in or to a county court at law and the county court at law does not have subject matter jurisdiction over the cause or proceeding, then the filing, docketing, or assignment of the cause or proceeding in or to a county court at law is considered a clerical error and that clerical error shall be corrected by a judgment or order nunc pro tunc. The cause or proceeding is considered filed, docketed, or assigned to the district court of the local administrative judge in the first instance rather than to a county court at law of El Paso County. The judge of a county court at law of El Paso County who acts in the cause or proceeding is considered assigned to the district court of the local administrative judge for that purpose and has all the powers of the judge of that district court under the assignment.

(u) A county court at law judge of El Paso County has jurisdiction to grant an order permitting a marriage ceremony to take place during a 72-hour period immediately following the issuance of a marriage license in El Paso County.

(v) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

(w) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, a judge of a statutory county court in El Paso County and a judge of a district court or another statutory county court in El Paso County may transfer cases between the courts in the same manner judges of district courts transfer cases under Section 24.003.

(x) A judge of a statutory county court in El Paso County and a judge of a district court in El Paso County may exchange benches and may sit and act for each other in any matter pending before the court.

(y) The El Paso Council of Judges shall order the transfer of criminal misdemeanor cases to the county criminal courts at law from time to time to equalize the criminal misdemeanor dockets of the statutory county courts for the efficient operation of the court system and the effective administration of justice. In determining the court to which a case is transferred, the council shall give preference to a county criminal court at law that is required to give preference to certain cases under Subsection (z).

(z) The County Criminal Courts No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 have the criminal jurisdiction provided by this section and other law for statutory county courts in El Paso County and appellate jurisdiction in appeals of criminal cases from justice courts and municipal courts in the county as provided by Article 45.042, Code of Criminal Procedure. The County Criminal Court No. 4 shall give preference to cases prosecuted under:

(1) Section 22.01, Penal Code, in which the victim is a person whose relationship to or association with the defendant is described under Chapter 71, Family Code; and

(2) Section 25.07, Penal Code.

(aa) The County Criminal Court No. 1 has exclusive jurisdiction over environmental offenses.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.32(c), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1074, Sec. 2 to 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 139, Sec. 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2002; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 770, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1122 (H.B. 4008), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.06, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.22, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(33), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0733: El Paso County Probate Court Provisions

(a) Sections 25.0732(q) and (r), relating to county courts at law in El Paso County, apply to a statutory probate court in El Paso County.

(b) The Probate Court No. 2 of El Paso County has primary responsibility for mental illness proceedings and for all administration related to mental illness proceedings, including budget preparation, staff management, and the adoption of administrative policy. The Probate Court No. 1 of El Paso County has secondary responsibility for mental illness proceedings.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(34), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(34), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 3(2), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(34), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 512, Sec. 2, eff. June 13, 1991. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 426, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 3(2), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 662 (H.B. 3475), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.23, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(34), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0741: Erath County

Erath County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Erath County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 22(a), eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Sec. 25.0742: Erath County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Erath County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in proceedings under Chapter 262, Family Code, in which the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services has assumed the care, custody, and control of a child.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(35), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 22(a), eff. Oct. 1, 1991. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 902, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(35), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0761: Fannin County

Fannin County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Fannin County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 663 (H.B. 2232), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 11(a), eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 25.0762: Fannin County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law and except as provided by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Fannin County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings, including proceedings under Chapter 262, Family Code; and

(2) proceedings under Title 3, Family Code.

(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of proceedings under:

(1) Section 262.201, Family Code; or

(2) Section 54.03 or 54.04, Family Code.

(c) A county court at law shall transfer a family law case or proceeding instituted under Chapter 262, Family Code, from that court to the district court before a hearing governed by Section 262.201, Family Code, is commenced. A case or proceeding transferred as required by this subsection shall be completed under the same cause number and in the same manner as if the case or proceeding were originally filed in the district court. The district court may not transfer the case or proceeding back to the county court at law, except as provided by Section 262.203(a), Family Code.

(d) A county court at law shall transfer a juvenile case or proceeding instituted under Title 3, Family Code, from that court to another court designated as a juvenile court under Section 51.04, Family Code, before a hearing governed by Section 54.03, Family Code, is commenced. A case or proceeding transferred as required by this subsection shall be completed under the same cause number and in the same manner as if the case or proceeding were originally filed in the juvenile court. The juvenile court may not transfer the case or proceeding back to the county court at law.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 663 (H.B. 2232), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 11(a), eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 25.0811: Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Fort Bend County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Fort Bend County;

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Fort Bend County;

(4) County Court at Law No. 4 of Fort Bend County;

(5) County Court at Law No. 5 of Fort Bend County; and

(6) County Court at Law No. 6 of Fort Bend County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 653, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 278, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 3.03(a), eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 912 (S.B. 1329), Sec. 3.01(a), eff. January 1, 2018.

Sec. 25.0812: Fort Bend County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Fort Bend County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) A county court at law is primarily responsible for and shall give preference to:

(1) cases in which the court's jurisdiction is concurrent with the county court;

(2) eminent domain proceedings and cases;

(3) proceedings under Title 3, Family Code; and

(4) civil cases in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $20,000, excluding interest.

(c) A county court at law may enforce an order of the Family District Court for the 328th Judicial District relating to a family law matter.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(36), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(36), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The salary of a judge of a county court at law shall be paid from the county treasury on order of the commissioners court in the same manner that county employees are paid.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(36), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) The district clerk serves as clerk of the county courts at law in cases in which the district courts and county courts at law have concurrent jurisdiction, and which have been instituted in the district courts, and the county clerk serves as clerk of the county courts at law in all other cases.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(36), eff. January 1, 2012.

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(k) If a jury trial is requested in a case of concurrent jurisdiction between the district courts and the county courts at law, and the case was instituted in the district court, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases in which a jury trial is requested in the county courts at law, the jury shall be composed of six members.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(k) If a jury trial is requested in a case of concurrent jurisdiction between the district courts and the county courts at law, and the case was instituted in the district court, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases in which a jury trial is requested in the county courts at law, the jury shall be composed of six members except as provided by the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(36), eff. January 1, 2012.

(m) Sections 25.0005(b) and 25.0011 do not apply to a county court at law in Fort Bend County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 23, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(36), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 10, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0861: Galveston County

(a) Galveston County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court No. 1 of Galveston County;

(2) County Court No. 2 of Galveston County; and

(3) County Court No. 3 of Galveston County.

(b) Galveston County has one statutory probate court, the Probate Court of Galveston County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 24, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 818, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 904, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 25.0862: Galveston County Statutory Court Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (b), a statutory county court in Galveston County has:

(1) the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and by general law for district courts; and

(2) appellate jurisdiction in all appeals in criminal cases from justice courts and municipal courts in Galveston County.

(b) A statutory county court does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) felony cases, except as otherwise provided by law; or

(2) election contests.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 9.003.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 9.003.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 9.003.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(37), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The judge of a statutory county court shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than the total annual salary, including supplements and contributions, paid a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid out of the general fund of the county by warrants drawn on the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(h) A bond is not required of the judge of the County Court No. 1, 2, or 3 of Galveston County.

(i) The clerk shall tax the official court reporter's fees as costs in civil actions in the same manner as the fee is taxed in civil cases in the district courts.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(37), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) The official court reporter of each statutory county court and each statutory probate court is entitled to the same compensation, paid in the same manner, as the official court reporters of the district courts in Galveston County. Each reporter is primarily responsible for cases in the reporter's court.

(l) Each reporter may be made available when not engaged in proceedings in their court to report proceedings in all other courts. Appeals and writs of error may be taken from judgments and orders of the County Courts Nos. 1, 2, and 3 of Galveston County and the judges, in civil and criminal cases, in the manner prescribed by law for appeals and writs of error. Appeals from interlocutory orders of the County Courts Nos. 1, 2, and 3 appointing a receiver or overruling a motion to vacate or appoint a receiver may be taken and are governed by the laws relating to appeals from similar orders of district courts.

(m) Section 25.0006(b) does not apply to County Court No. 1, 2, or 3 of Galveston County.

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(n) If a jury trial is requested in a case that is in a county court at law's jurisdiction as provided by Subsection (a), the jury shall be composed of six members unless the constitution requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(n) If a jury trial is requested in a case that is in a county court at law's jurisdiction as provided by Subsection (a), the jury shall be composed of six members unless the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 5.02(b), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.06, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 25, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 818, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 3(2), eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 904, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 9.003, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 265 (H.B. 7), Sec. 6.004, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.24, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(37), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0881: Gillespie County

Gillespie County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Gillespie County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.06(a), eff. October 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.0882: Gillespie County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Gillespie County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) juvenile law cases and proceedings.

(b) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law for family law cases and proceedings and the county clerk serves as clerk for all other cases. The commissioners court may employ as many deputy sheriffs and bailiffs as are necessary to serve the court.

(c) If a case or proceeding in which a county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with a district court is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases, the jury shall be composed of six members.

Comments

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.06(a), eff. October 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.0931: Grayson County

(a) Grayson County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law of Grayson County; and

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Grayson County.

(b) The county courts at law of Grayson County hold court in the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.0932: Grayson County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Grayson County has original concurrent jurisdiction with the justice court in all civil and criminal matters over which the justice court has jurisdiction.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) An appeal or writ of error may not be taken to a court of appeals from a final judgment of a county court at law if:

(1) the judgment or amount in controversy does not exceed $100, excluding interest and costs; and

(2) the case is a civil case over which the court at law has appellate or original concurrent jurisdiction with the justice court.

(d) Appeals from the justice court and other inferior courts in the county must be made directly to a county court at law.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(38), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(38), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(h) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that does not exceed the total annual salary received by the county attorney. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(38), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) If the judge of a county court at law is disqualified or recused in a pending case, the county judge or the judge of another court at law may sit in the case.

(k) The official court reporter of the County Court at Law No. 2 of Grayson County is entitled to receive, in addition to transcript fees, fees for statements of facts, and other fees, a salary set by the commissioners court at an amount that does not exceed the salary paid to the official court reporters of the district courts in the county. The salary shall be paid monthly in the same manner as other county employees' salaries are paid.

(l) Section 25.0006(a) does not apply to a county court at law in Grayson County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.09(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(38), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.0941: Gregg County

(a) Gregg County has the statutory county courts provided by this section.

(b) Gregg County has a statutory county court, the County Court at Law No. 1 of Gregg County.

(c) Gregg County has an additional statutory county court, the County Court at Law No. 2 of Gregg County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1210, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2001.

Sec. 25.0942: Gregg County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court of law in Gregg County has, concurrent with the district court, the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and general law for district courts, except that the county court at law does not have jurisdiction in capital felony cases.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(39), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary received by a district judge in the county. The salary may not be more than the total annual salary received by a district judge in the county. The salary may be paid in equal monthly installments.

(e) The judge of a county court at law is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as the county judge.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(39), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(39), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in cases enumerated in Subsection (a)(2), and the county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in all other cases.

(i) The judge of a county court at law, with the commissioners court's consent, may employ a secretary. The commissioners court shall set the secretary's salary.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(39), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(39), eff. January 1, 2012.

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(l) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, a jury in a county court at law shall be composed of six members, unless the constitution requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury. In matters in which the constitution does not require a 12-member jury and the county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, the jury shall be composed of 12 members if a party to the suit requests a 12-member jury. In a civil case tried in a county court at law, the parties may, by mutual agreement and with the consent of the judge, agree to try the case with any number of jurors and have a verdict rendered and returned by the vote of any number of those jurors that is less than the total number of jurors.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(l) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, a jury in a county court at law shall be composed of six members, unless the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury. In matters in which the constitution or other law does not require a 12-member jury and the county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, the jury shall be composed of 12 members if a party to the suit requests a 12-member jury. In a civil case tried in a county court at law, the parties may, by mutual agreement, agree to try the case with any number of jurors and have a verdict rendered and returned by the vote of any number of those jurors that is less than the total number of jurors.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 423, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 689, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1348 (S.B. 2016), Sec. 1, eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(39), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.0951: Grimes County

Grimes County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Grimes County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 912 (S.B. 1329), Sec. 3.02(a), eff. October 1, 2017.

Sec. 25.0952: Grimes County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Grimes County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) The judge of the county court at law shall be paid an annual salary set by the commissioners court in an amount that is at least equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including contributions and supplements, received by a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid by the county treasurer by order of the commissioners court.

(c) The judge of the county court at law is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as the district judge.

(d) The judge of a county court at law may not engage in the private practice of law.

(e) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law for family cases and proceedings, and the county clerk serves as clerk for all other cases. The commissioners court may employ as many deputy sheriffs and bailiffs as are necessary to serve the court.

(f) If a case or proceeding in which a county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with a district court is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases, the jury shall be composed of six members.

(g) The judge of a county court at law may, instead of appointing an official court reporter, contract for the services of a court reporter under guidelines established by the commissioners court.

(h) The laws governing the drawing, selection, service, and pay of jurors for county courts apply to a county court at law. Jurors regularly impaneled for a week by the district court may, on a request of a judge of the county court at law, be made available and shall serve for the week in a county court at law.

(i) A county court at law has the same terms of court as a district court in Grimes County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 912 (S.B. 1329), Sec. 3.02(a), eff. October 1, 2017.

Sec. 25.0961: Guadalupe County

(a) Guadalupe County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law of Guadalupe County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Guadalupe County.

(b) A county court at law in Guadalupe County sits in Seguin.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 44, Sec. 1, eff. May 3, 2001.

Sec. 25.0962: Guadalupe County Court at Law Provisions

(a) A county court at law in Guadalupe County has the same terms of court as the County Court of Guadalupe County.

(b) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Guadalupe County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings including juvenile matters.

(c) A person appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of judge is entitled to the same compensation as the previous judge.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(40), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(40), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) If a case in the court's concurrent jurisdiction with the district court is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(40), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Sections 25.0005(b) and 25.0008 do not apply to a county court at law in Guadalupe County.

(i) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, and the county clerk shall serve as clerk of a county court at law in all other cases.

Comments

Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 867, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.25, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(40), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1031: Harris County

(a) Harris County has the following county civil courts at law:

(1) County Civil Court at Law No. 1 of Harris County, Texas;

(2) County Civil Court at Law No. 2 of Harris County, Texas;

(3) County Civil Court at Law No. 3 of Harris County, Texas; and

(4) County Civil Court at Law No. 4 of Harris County, Texas.

(b) Harris County has the following county criminal courts:

(1) County Criminal Court at Law No. 1 of Harris County, Texas;

(2) County Criminal Court at Law No. 2 of Harris County, Texas;

(3) County Criminal Court at Law No. 3 of Harris County, Texas;

(4) County Criminal Court at Law No. 4 of Harris County, Texas;

(5) County Criminal Court at Law No. 5 of Harris County, Texas;

(6) County Criminal Court at Law No. 6 of Harris County, Texas;

(7) County Criminal Court at Law No. 7 of Harris County, Texas;

(8) County Criminal Court at Law No. 8 of Harris County, Texas;

(9) County Criminal Court at Law No. 9 of Harris County, Texas;

(10) County Criminal Court at Law No. 10 of Harris County, Texas;

(11) County Criminal Court at Law No. 11 of Harris County, Texas;

(12) County Criminal Court at Law No. 12 of Harris County, Texas;

(13) County Criminal Court at Law No. 13 of Harris County, Texas;

(14) County Criminal Court at Law No. 14 of Harris County, Texas;

(15) County Criminal Court at Law No. 15 of Harris County, Texas; and

(16) County Criminal Court at Law No. 16 of Harris County, Texas.

(c) Harris County has the following statutory probate courts:

(1) Probate Court No. 1 of Harris County, Texas;

(2) Probate Court No. 2 of Harris County, Texas;

(3) Probate Court No. 3 of Harris County, Texas; and

(4) Probate Court No. 4 of Harris County, Texas.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 318, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 3.04(a), eff. January 1, 2016.

Sec. 25.1032: Harris County Civil Court at Law Provisions

(a) A county civil court at law in Harris County has jurisdiction over all civil matters and causes, original and appellate, prescribed by law for county courts, but does not have the jurisdiction of a probate court. A county civil court at law has jurisdiction in appeals of civil cases from justice courts in Harris County.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) A county civil court at law has exclusive jurisdiction in Harris County of eminent domain proceedings, both statutory and inverse, if the amount in controversy in a statutory proceeding does not exceed the amount provided by Section 25.0003(c) in civil cases. Notwithstanding Section 21.013, Property Code, a party initiating a condemnation proceeding in Harris County may file a petition with the district clerk when the amount in controversy exceeds the amount provided by Section 25.0003(c). The amount in controversy is the amount of the bona fide offer made by the entity with eminent domain authority to acquire the property from the property owner voluntarily.

(d) In addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, a county civil court at law has jurisdiction to:

(1) decide the issue of title to real or personal property;

(2) hear a suit to recover damages for slander or defamation of character;

(3) hear a suit for the enforcement of a lien on real property;

(4) hear a suit for the forfeiture of a corporate charter;

(5) hear a suit for the trial of the right to property valued at $200 or more that has been levied on under a writ of execution, sequestration, or attachment; and

(6) hear a suit for the recovery of real property.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(41), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The judge of a county civil court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than the total annual salary received by a judge of a probate court in the county.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(41), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(41), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) The official court reporter of a county civil court at law is entitled to receive the same salary as a reporter of a district court in the county.

(j) The county clerk shall keep separate dockets for each of the county civil courts at law. The county clerk shall tax the official court reporter's fee as costs in civil actions in a county civil court at law in the same manner as the fee is taxed in civil cases in the district courts.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(41), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Sections 25.0006(b) and 25.0008 do not apply to a county civil court at law in Harris County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.10(a), (b), 8.11(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 445, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.07, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(41), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 462 (H.B. 2536), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 25.1033: Harris County Criminal Court at Law Provisions

(a) A county criminal court at law in Harris County has the criminal jurisdiction provided by law for county courts, concurrent jurisdiction with civil statutory county courts for Harris County to hear appeals of the suspension of a driver's license and original proceedings regarding occupational driver's licenses, and appellate jurisdiction in appeals of criminal cases from justice courts and municipal courts in the county.

(b) The judge of a county criminal court at law has the same powers, rights, and privileges as to criminal matters as a county judge having criminal jurisdiction.

(c) A county criminal court at law or its judge may issue writs of habeas corpus in criminal misdemeanor cases and all writs necessary for the enforcement of its jurisdiction.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(42), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(42), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(42), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The judge of a county criminal court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, of a district judge in the county.

(h) An appointee to the office of judge of a county criminal court at law serves until the next general election at which the office appears on the ballot as provided by Article XVI, Section 65, of the Texas Constitution.

(i) A special county criminal court at law judge may be appointed or elected as provided by law for special county judges. A special judge may also be appointed to serve in a county criminal court at law as provided by Section 75.403.

(j) The county criminal courts may establish a court manager and coordinator system as provided by Section 75.402.

(k) The Harris County district attorney serves as prosecutor for the county criminal courts at law as provided by Section 43.180.

(l) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county criminal court at law.

(m) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(42), eff. January 1, 2012.

(n) The official court reporter of a county criminal court at law is entitled to the same amount of compensation as the official court reporters of the district courts in the county. The salary shall be paid in the same manner as the district court reporters are paid.

(o) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(42), eff. January 1, 2012.

(p) Sections 25.0006, 74.091, and 74.092 do not apply to a county criminal court at law in Harris County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1205, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.26, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(42), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1034: Harris County Probate Court Provisions

(a) Repealed by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 3(2), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

(b) The Probate Court No. 3 of Harris County has primary responsibility for mental illness proceedings and for all administration related to mental illness proceedings, including budget preparation, staff management, and the adoption of administrative policy. The Probate Court No. 4 of Harris County has secondary responsibility for mental illness proceedings.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(43), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) , (e) Repealed by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1078, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 331, Sec. 2, eff. October 1, 2007.

(g) The judge of a statutory probate court shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(43), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) With the approval of the commissioners court, a judge of a statutory probate court may appoint an administrative assistant, a court coordinator, an auditor, and other staff necessary for the operation of the courts. The commissioners court, with the advice and counsel of the judges, sets the salaries of the staff.

(j) The county clerk shall keep a separate docket for each court. The county clerk shall assign and docket at random matters and proceedings filed in the statutory probate courts according to the following percentages: Probate Court No. 1 of Harris County, 30 percent; Probate Court No. 2 of Harris County, 30 percent; Probate Court No. 3 of Harris County, 20 percent; and Probate Court No. 4 of Harris County, 20 percent.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(43), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(43), eff. January 1, 2012.

(m) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 4, eff. Aug. 26, 1991 and Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 466, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1078, Sec. 1, 2, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 394, Sec. 4, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1153, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 635, Sec. 3(2), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 331 (H.B. 2967), Sec. 2, eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(43), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1041: Harrison County

(a) Harrison County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Harrison County.

(b) The County Court at Law of Harrison County sits in Marshall.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1042: Harrison County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Harrison County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, on assignment of a district judge presiding in Harrison County, in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings;

(2) felony cases other than capital murder cases; and

(3) civil cases.

(b) Assignment and transfer of cases under Subsection (a) is at the discretion of the judge of the district court making the assignment. Assignment or transfer from a county court at law to a district court is governed by Section 74.121(b)(1).

(c) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in cases assigned under Subsection (a), and the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other cases.

(d) A party to a case assigned under Subsection (a) may request a jury of 12 persons if the party makes the request not later than the 30th day before the trial date. Except as provided by Subsection (h), a party who does not make a timely request under this subsection waives the right to request a 12-person jury and the case will proceed with a six-person jury.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid a salary that is equal to the amount paid the criminal district attorney of Harrison County. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on orders of the commissioners court.

(f) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, a district judge presiding in Harrison County may transfer cases from the district court to a county court at law in Harrison County in the same manner judges of district courts transfer cases under Section 24.003.

(g) The criminal district attorney is entitled to the same fees prescribed by law for prosecutions in the county court, except that in cases assigned under Subsection (a), the criminal district attorney is entitled to the same fees prescribed by law for prosecutions in a district court.

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(h) A jury must be composed of 12 members in:

(1) any civil case pending in which the amount in controversy is $200,000 or more; and

(2) any felony case.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(h) A jury must be composed of 12 members in any felony case.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(44), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.27, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(44), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 2.02(a), eff. January 1, 2015.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1237 (S.B. 1806), Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 832 (H.B. 4199), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 13, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1071: Hays County

Hays County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law No. 1 of Hays County;

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Hays County; and

(3) the County Court at Law No. 3 of Hays County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.12(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 912 (S.B. 1329), Sec. 3.03(a), eff. October 1, 2018.

Sec. 25.1072: Hays County at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Hays County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(45), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(45), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law, except that the district clerk serves as clerk of the court in family law cases and proceedings. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

(f) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(45), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(45), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Section 25.0005(b) does not apply to a county court at law in Hays County.

(j) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.12(b), (c), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.08, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 26, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.28, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(45), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1091: Henderson County

Henderson County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law of Henderson County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Henderson County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 377, Sec. 3(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 25.1092: Henderson County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Henderson County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) The judge of a county court at law may set and approve sequestration bonds and replevy bonds in excess of the $50,000 jurisdictional amount in cases in which the amount of the suit is less than that amount.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least $40,000.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(46), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(46), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) A special judge of a county court at law must take the oath of office required of the regular judge and has the power and jurisdiction of the court and of the regular judge for whom he is sitting. A special judge may sign orders, judgments, decrees, or other process as "Judge Presiding" when acting for the regular judge.

(h) Repealed by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 242, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

(i) If the regular judge is absent, disabled, or disqualified from presiding, the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region may appoint a retired judge of a district court or county court at law or a regular judge of a district court or county court at law to preside over the county court at law. The presiding judge of the judicial region with the consent of a retired judge of a district court or county court at law, or a regular judge of a district court within the presiding judge's region, may make an assignment outside the judicial region over which the judge presides with the specific authorization of the presiding judge of the judicial region in which the assignment is made.

(j) A retired judge of a district court or county court at law may elect to be a judicial officer by filing the written election with the presiding judge of the judicial district in which the retired judge resides. A judge may not be appointed special judge or visiting judge if the judge:

(1) appears and pleads as an attorney at law in any court of this state;

(2) has been defeated in an election for judge of the court over which the judge formerly presided;

(3) has been removed from office by impeachment, by the supreme court, or by the governor on address to the legislature;

(4) has been discharged from the practice of law, whether or not reinstated; or

(5) has resigned as judge of a court while under investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

(k) A visiting judge has the same authority and powers and is entitled to the same amount of compensation as provided for a special judge by this section.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(46), eff. January 1, 2012.

(m) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive the same amount of compensation, fees, and allowances as the reporter of a district court.

(n) The county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law, except the district judge and the judge of the county court at law, by rule, may provide that the district clerk serve as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court.

(o) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(46), eff. January 1, 2012.

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(p) In cases of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, the jury shall be composed of 12 members, but the parties in a case may agree to a lesser number.

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(p) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 34(2), eff. September 1, 2020.

(q) Sections 25.0006 and 25.0008 do not apply to a county court at law in Henderson County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.44(4), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.09, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 27, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 242, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(46), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 34(2), eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1101: Hidalgo County

(a) Hidalgo County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Hidalgo County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Hidalgo County;

(3) County Court at Law No. 4 of Hidalgo County;

(4) County Court at Law No. 5 of Hidalgo County;

(5) County Court at Law No. 6 of Hidalgo County;

(6) County Court at Law No. 7 of Hidalgo County;

(7) County Court at Law No. 8 of Hidalgo County;

(8) County Court at Law No. 9 of Hidalgo County; and

(9) County Court at Law No. 10 of Hidalgo County.

(b) Hidalgo County has one statutory probate court, the Probate Court of Hidalgo County.

(c) The county courts at law of Hidalgo County sit in the county seat.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1135, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1211, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 278 (S.B. 1875), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1335 (H.B. 3570), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 860 (S.B. 2469), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1090 (H.B. 4793), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 12(a), eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.07(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.1102: Hidalgo County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Hidalgo County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) civil cases in which the matter in controversy does not exceed $750,000, excluding interest, statutory or punitive damages and penalties, and attorney's fees and costs, as alleged on the page of the petition.

(b) The County Court at Law No. 6 of Hidalgo County shall give preference to family law cases and proceedings.

(c) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county. The salary of a county court at law judge shall be paid in the same manner and from the same fund as prescribed by law for the county judge of Hidalgo County.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(47), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(47), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive a salary set by the judge of the county court at law as provided by law for district court reporters. The salary shall be paid monthly by the commissioners court out of funds available for that purpose. The clerk of the court shall tax as costs in each civil, criminal, or probate case in which a record, or any part of a record, is made of the evidence a stenographer's fee of $20. The clerk collects the fees and pays them in to the county's general fund.

(g) The official interpreter of the district courts of Hidalgo County serves as official interpreter of each county court at law. If the official interpreter is not available, the judge of a county court at law may appoint a temporary interpreter. The temporary interpreter shall be compensated at an amount not to exceed $5 a day paid out of the county's general fund on certificate of the judge. Subject to the commissioners court approval, the judge of a county court at law may appoint an official interpreter for the court as provided by law.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(47), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(47), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(47), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Expired.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(47), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1135, Sec. 2 to 4, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 28, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1446, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1211, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 278 (S.B. 1875), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1335 (H.B. 3570), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(47), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1111: Hill County

Hill County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Hill County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 959 (H.B. 1622), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 25.1112: Hill County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Hill County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in felony cases and family law cases and proceedings. A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of felony cases involving capital murder.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(49), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(49), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid as provided by Section 25.0005. The judge's salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court. The judge is entitled to necessary office and operational expenses, including administrative and clerical personnel, in the same manner as the county judge.

(e) The district clerk serves as the clerk of a county court at law for all criminal and civil matters except that the county clerk serves as the clerk of the county court at law in probate and guardianship matters.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(49), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Notwithstanding Section 74.0911, the judge of the 66th District Court shall act as presiding judge between the district and county court at law and may assign to the county court at law original or appellate cases that are within the jurisdiction of the county court at law. The assignment shall be made by docket notation.

(h) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, the judge of a county court at law and the judge of the 66th District Court may exchange benches, transfer cases, assign each other to hear cases in accordance with orders signed and approved by the judges involved, and otherwise manage their respective dockets under local administrative rules.

(i) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to the compensation set by the commissioners court on order of the judge of the court in an amount not to exceed 90 percent of the compensation paid to the court reporter of a district court in Hill County.

(j) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases, except as otherwise required by law, the jury shall be composed of six members.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(49), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 959 (H.B. 1622), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(49), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1182 (S.B. 1139), Sec. 3.05, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 25.1131: Hood County

Hood County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law No. 1 of Hood County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 25.1132: Hood County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Hood County has the jurisdiction provided by this section.

(b) A county court at law in Hood County has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court in mental health cases.

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(c) A county court at law in Hood County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) civil cases in which the matter in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $250,000, excluding interest;

(2) family law cases and related proceedings;

(3) contested probate matters under Section 32.003(a), Estates Code; and

(4) contested matters in guardianship proceedings under Section 1022.003(a), Estates Code.

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(c) A county court at law in Hood County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and related proceedings;

(2) contested probate matters under Section 32.003(a), Estates Code; and

(3) contested matters in guardianship proceedings under Section 1022.003(a), Estates Code.

(d) The county court and each county court at law and district court in Hood County has jurisdiction over juvenile matters and may be designated a juvenile court. The county court has primary jurisdiction over juvenile matters.

(e) Except as provided by Subsection (c)(3) or (4), a county court at law does not have probate jurisdiction.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(50), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(50), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(50), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than 90 percent of the annual salary of a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid from the county treasury on order of the commissioners court. The judge is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical personnel, in the same manner as the county judge.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(50), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) A special judge must take the oath of office required by law for the regular judge and has the same authority as the regular judge. A special judge may sign orders, judgments, decrees, and other processes of the court as "Judge Presiding" when acting for the regular judge. The appointment of a special judge to a county court at law does not affect the jurisdiction of the court.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(50), eff. January 1, 2012.

(m) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(50), eff. January 1, 2012.

(n) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to compensation set by the commissioners court in an amount at least equal to the compensation paid to the court reporter of a district court in Hood County.

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(o) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury in a county court at law, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases, the jury shall be composed of six members.

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(o) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury in a county court at law, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases, the jury shall be composed of six members except as provided by the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law.

(p) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(50), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 774, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1351 (S.B. 408), Sec. 12(e), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1085 (S.B. 1196), Sec. 41, eff. September 1, 2011.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(50), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 22.027, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 14, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1141: Hopkins County

Hopkins County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Hopkins County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 441, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 29(a), eff. Jan. 1, 1992. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 731, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1996.

Sec. 25.1142: Hopkins County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Hopkins County has except as limited by Subsection (b), concurrent with the district court, the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and by general law for district courts.

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(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) civil cases in which the amount in controversy exceeds $200,000, excluding interest;

(2) felony jury trials;

(3) suits on behalf of the state to recover penalties or escheated property;

(4) misdemeanors involving official misconduct; or

(5) contested elections.

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(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) felony jury trials;

(2) suits on behalf of the state to recover penalties or escheated property;

(3) misdemeanors involving official misconduct; or

(4) contested elections.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(51), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that does not exceed 80 percent of the annual salary that is paid by the state to a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid from the same fund and in the same manner as other county officials are paid.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(51), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The commissioners court may authorize the judge of a county court at law to set the official court reporter's salary.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(51), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, and the county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in all other matters. Each clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

Comments

Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 441, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 29(a), eff. Jan. 1, 1992. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 731, Sec. 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1996.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.29, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(51), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 15, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1151: Houston County

Houston County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Houston County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1152: Houston County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Houston County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings including juvenile matters.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(52), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) The salary of the judge of a county court at law shall be paid out of the county treasury on orders of the commissioners court. The judge is entitled to reasonable travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(52), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(52), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The judge of a county court at law shall set the official court reporter's salary at an amount that does not exceed the salary of the court reporter for the district court. The salary shall be paid from the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(52), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(52), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) The district clerk serves as clerk of the court in family law cases and proceedings, and the county clerk serves as clerk for all other cases. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law. The commissioners court may employ as many deputy sheriffs and bailiffs as are necessary to serve the court.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 30(a), (b), 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(52), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1181: Hunt County

Hunt County has two statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law Number One of Hunt County; and

(2) the County Court at Law Number Two of Hunt County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 197 (S.B. 2018), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 25.1182: Hunt County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Hunt County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) felony cases to:

(A) conduct arraignments;

(B) conduct pretrial hearings;

(C) accept guilty pleas; and

(D) conduct jury trials on assignment of a district judge presiding in Hunt County and acceptance of the assignment by the judge of the county court at law;

(2) Class A and Class B misdemeanor cases;

(3) family law matters;

(4) juvenile matters;

(5) probate matters; and

(6) appeals from the justice and municipal courts.

(b) A county court at law's civil jurisdiction concurrent with the district court in civil cases is limited to cases in which the matter in controversy does not exceed $200,000. A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) suits on behalf of this state to recover penalties or escheated property;

(2) felony cases involving capital murder;

(3) misdemeanors involving official misconduct; or

(4) contested elections.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(53), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid a total annual salary set by the commissioners court at an amount that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary received by a district judge in the county. A district judge's or statutory county court judge's total annual salary does not include contributions and supplements paid by a county.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(53), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, and the county clerk shall serve as clerk of a county court at law in all other matters. Each clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

(g) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive a salary set by the judge of the county court at law with the approval of the commissioners court.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(53), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.10, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 13(a), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.30, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(53), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1251: Jefferson County

(a) Jefferson County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court of Jefferson County at Law No. 1;

(2) County Court of Jefferson County at Law No. 2; and

(3) County Court of Jefferson County at Law No. 3.

(b) The county courts at law of Jefferson County sit in Beaumont.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1252: Jefferson County Court at Law Provisions

(a) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(b) The County Court of Jefferson County at Law No. 3 shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(54), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(f) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(54), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) In addition to the lawful fees for transcribing testimony and preparing statements of facts, the official shorthand reporter of the County Court of Jefferson County at Law No. 3 receives the same salary as the official shorthand reporter of the County Court of Jefferson County at Law No. 1. The salary shall be paid monthly out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(54), eff. January 1, 2012.

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(j) A county court at law may exercise the jurisdiction vested in the district court for the drawing, selection, and service of jurors. A panel not exceeding 24 jurors shall be drawn for any one week of a court, and the juries selected may not exceed six.

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(j) If a family law case or proceeding is tried before a jury in a county court at law, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In all other cases, the jury shall be composed of six members except as provided by the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law.

(k) For each court, the county clerk shall appoint a deputy acceptable to the judge to attend the sessions of court and attend to all matters pertaining to the court. The deputy assigned to the County Court of Jefferson County at Law No. 1 is entitled to receive a salary not to exceed the maximum salary paid other deputies in the county clerk's office with the rating of a head of a department. The salary shall be paid out of the county's general fund on order of the commissioners court.

(l) An appeal from the justice courts or municipal courts in Jefferson County must be made directly to any of the county courts at law in Jefferson County.

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(m) Sections 25.0006 and 25.0007 do not apply to the county courts at law of Jefferson County.

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(m) Section 25.0006 does not apply to the county courts at law of Jefferson County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(54), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 16, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1271: Jim Wells County

Jim Wells County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Jim Wells County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 2.03(a), eff. January 1, 2015.

Sec. 25.1272: Jim Wells County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Jim Wells County has the jurisdiction provided by this section.

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(b) A county court at law in Jim Wells County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) civil cases in which the matter in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $200,000, excluding interest;

(2) family law cases and proceedings;

(3) Class A and Class B misdemeanors;

(4) juvenile cases; and

(5) appeals from justice and municipal courts.

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(b) A county court at law in Jim Wells County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings;

(2) Class A and Class B misdemeanors;

(3) juvenile cases; and

(4) appeals from justice and municipal courts.

(c) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) suits on behalf of this state to recover penalties or escheated property;

(2) felony cases;

(3) misdemeanors involving official misconduct; or

(4) contested elections.

(d) The judge of a county court at law must have the same qualifications as those required by law for a district judge.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid a total annual salary set by the commissioners court at an amount that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary received by a district judge in the county. A district judge's or statutory county court judge's total annual salary does not include contributions and supplements paid by a county.

(f) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, except that the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in Class A and Class B misdemeanor cases. The county clerk shall serve as clerk of a county court at law in all other matters. Each clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

(g) Jurors summoned for a county court at law or a district court in the county may by order of the judge of the court to which they are summoned be transferred to another court for service and may be used as if summoned for the court to which they are transferred.

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(h) If a jury trial is requested in a case that is in a county court at law's jurisdiction, the jury shall be composed of six members unless the constitution requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury.

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(h) If a jury trial is requested in a case that is in a county court at law's jurisdiction, the jury shall be composed of six members unless the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury.

Comments

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 2.03(a), eff. January 1, 2015.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 17, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1281: Johnson County

Johnson County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law No. 1 of Johnson County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Johnson County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 529, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 31(a), eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Sec. 25.1282: Johnson County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Johnson County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(55), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(55), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is equal to 90 percent of the annual salary paid by the state to a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid in the same manner and from the same fund as the salary of the county judge.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(55), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The county attorney or district attorney serves as prosecuting attorney for a county court at law.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(55), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(55), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1076, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 32, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(55), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1311: Kaufman County

Kaufman County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law of Kaufman County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Kaufman County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 197, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 776 (H.B. 3547), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 25.1312: Kaufman County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a statutory county court in Kaufman County has, except as limited by Subsection (b), the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and general law for district courts.

(b) A statutory county court in Kaufman County does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) felony cases involving capital murder;

(2) suits on behalf of the state to recover penalties or escheated property;

(3) misdemeanors involving official misconduct; or

(4) contested elections.

(b-1) Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 15.03(1), eff. September 1, 2019.

(c) The district clerk serves as clerk of a statutory county court except that the county clerk serves as clerk of the statutory county court in matters of mental health, probate, juvenile and criminal misdemeanor docket, and all civil matters in which the statutory county court does not have concurrent jurisdiction with the district court.

(d) A jury must be composed of 12 members in:

(1) civil cases in which the amount in controversy is $200,000 or more;

(2) family law cases and proceedings; and

(3) felony cases.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(56), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Notwithstanding Sections 74.091 and 74.0911, a district judge serves as the local administrative judge for the district and statutory county courts in Kaufman County. The judges of district courts shall elect a district judge as local administrative judge for a term of not more than two years. The local administrative judge may not be elected on the basis of rotation or seniority.

(g) When administering a case for the statutory county court, the district clerk shall charge civil fees and court costs as if the case had been filed in the district court. In a case of concurrent jurisdiction, the case shall be assigned to either the district court or statutory county court in accordance with local administrative rules established by the local administrative judge.

(h) The judge of the statutory county court shall appoint an official court reporter for the court and shall set the official court reporter's annual salary, subject to approval by the county commissioners court. The official court reporter of the statutory county court shall take an oath or affirmation as an officer of the court, holds office at the pleasure of the judge of the court, and shall be provided a private office in close proximity to the court. The official court reporter is entitled to all rights and benefits afforded all other county employees.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(56), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Not later than one year after the date of appointment, the bailiff of a statutory county court must have received a peace officer license under Chapter 1701, Occupations Code, from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. The sheriff of Kaufman County shall deputize the bailiff of a statutory county court. The bailiff of a statutory county court is subject to the training and continuing education requirements of a sheriff's deputy of the county. The sheriff shall remove from office a bailiff who does not receive a peace officer license within one year of appointment as required by this subsection.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(56), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(56), eff. January 1, 2012.

(m) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, the judge of a statutory county court and the district judge may exchange benches, transfer cases, subject to acceptance, assign each other to hear cases, and otherwise manage their respective dockets under local administrative rules.

(n) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(56), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 197, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 776 (H.B. 3547), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.31, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(56), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 93 (S.B. 686), Sec. 2.18, eff. May 18, 2013.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.08(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 15.03(1), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.1351: Kerr County

Kerr County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Kerr County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1352: Kerr County Court at Law Provisions

(a) Repealed by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 72, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

(b) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Kerr County has:

(1) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in proceedings under the Family Code; and

(2) concurrent with the county court, the jurisdiction of a probate court in proceedings under Chapter 462, Health and Safety Code, and Subtitle C, Title 7, Health and Safety Code.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 72, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(58), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(f) , (g) Repealed by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 72, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(58), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) to (j) Repealed by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 72, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 33, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 72, Sec. 1, 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(58), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1391: Kleberg County

(a) Kleberg County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Kleberg County.

(b) The county court at law sits in the county seat of Kleberg County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1392: Kleberg County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Kleberg County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) felony cases to conduct arraignments, conduct pretrial hearings, and accept guilty pleas.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) A bond is not required of a judge of a county court at law.

(d) A judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least $32,000 but not more than $1,000 less than the salary paid by the state to a district judge. A county court at law judge is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as the county judge.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(59), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The district clerk serves as clerk of each county court at law in cases enumerated in Subsection (a)(2), and the county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in all other cases. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(59), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) The jury in all civil or criminal matters is composed of 12 members, except that in misdemeanor criminal cases and any other case in which the court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court the jury is composed of six members.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(59), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.13(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 34, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(59), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1411: Lamar County

Lamar County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Lamar County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 100, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 25.1412: Lamar County Court at Law Provisions

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(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Lamar County has:

(1) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(A) probate matters and proceedings, including will contests;

(B) family law cases and proceedings, including juvenile cases;

(C) felony cases to conduct arraignments and pretrial hearings and to accept guilty pleas; and

(D) civil cases in which the amount in controversy does not exceed $200,000, excluding interest; and

(2) concurrent jurisdiction with the county and district courts over all suits arising under the Family Code.

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(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Lamar County has:

(1) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(A) probate matters and proceedings, including will contests;

(B) family law cases and proceedings, including juvenile cases; and

(C) felony cases to conduct arraignments and pretrial hearings and to accept guilty pleas; and

(2) concurrent jurisdiction with the county and district courts over all suits arising under the Family Code.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(60), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(60), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The judge is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as the county judge. The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary of at least $50,000. The salary shall be paid from the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(60), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, other than probate matters and proceedings. The county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other matters. Each clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

(g) The judge of a county court at law may appoint an official court reporter or the judge may contract for the services of a court reporter.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(60), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(60), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) An appeal in a civil case from a judgment or order of a county court at law is to the court of appeals as provided for an appeal from a district or county court. An appeal in a criminal case is to the court of appeals as provided for an appeal from a county court. A case appealed from a justice court or other inferior court in Lamar County must be made directly to a county court at law, unless otherwise provided by law.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(60), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) The fees assessed in a case in which a county court at law has concurrent civil jurisdiction with the district court are the same as the fees that would be assessed in the district court for that case.

(m) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, a judge of the county court at law and a judge of a district court may transfer cases between the courts in the same manner judges of district courts transfer cases under Section 24.003.

(n) The judge of a county court at law and a judge of a district court may exchange benches and may sit and act for each other in any matter pending before either court.

(o) The laws governing the drawing, selection, service, and pay of jurors for county courts apply to a county court at law. Jurors regularly impaneled for a week by the district court may, on request of the judge of a county court at law, be made available and shall serve for the week in a county court at law.

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(p) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, a jury in a county court at law shall be composed of six members unless the constitution requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury. In matters in which the constitution does not require a 12-member jury and the county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, the jury may be composed of 12 members if a party to the suit requests a 12-member jury and the judge of the court consents. In a civil case tried in a county court at law, the parties may, by mutual agreement and with the consent of the judge, agree to try the case with any number of jurors and have a verdict rendered and returned by the vote of any number of those jurors that is less than the total number of jurors.

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(p) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, a jury in a county court at law shall be composed of six members unless the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury. In matters in which the constitution or other law does not require a 12-member jury and the county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, the jury may be composed of 12 members if a party to the suit requests a 12-member jury and the judge of the court consents. In a civil case tried in a county court at law, the parties may, by mutual agreement, agree to try the case with any number of jurors and have a verdict rendered and returned by the vote of any number of those jurors that is less than the total number of jurors.

Comments

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 100, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(60), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 2.04(a), eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 18, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1481: Liberty County

(a) Liberty County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law of Liberty County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Liberty County.

(b) The county courts at law of Liberty County sit in Liberty.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.09(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.1482: Liberty County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Liberty County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) This section does not affect the right of appeal to a county court at law from a justice court in cases in which the right of appeal to the county court exists by law.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(61), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) A bond is not required of a judge of a county court at law.

(f) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive the same compensation, fees, and allowances as the reporters of the district courts in Liberty County.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(61), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(61), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) If the regular judge of the county court at law is absent, disabled, or disqualified from presiding, the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region in which the county is located may appoint a retired district judge or a person licensed to practice law in this state to sit as a special judge.

(j) A special judge must have the same qualifications as the regular judge, except that the only residency requirement for a person who is a retired judge is that the retired judge must reside in the administrative judicial region. A retired judge must have voluntarily retired from office and have certified his willingness to serve.

(k) A special judge must take the oath of office required by law for the regular judge and has all the power and jurisdiction of the court and of the regular judge for whom he is sitting. A special judge may sign orders, judgments, decrees, or other process of any kind as "Judge Presiding" when acting for the regular judge.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(61), eff. January 1, 2012.

(m) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(61), eff. January 1, 2012.

(n) Sections 25.0006(b) and 25.0008 do not apply to a county court at law in Liberty County.

(o) A judge of a county court at law may provide that any criminal proceeding in the county court at law be recorded by a good quality electronic recording device instead of by a court reporter, unless the defendant requests that a court reporter be present upon written motion filed with the court not later than 10 days prior to trial. If a recording device is used, the court reporter need not be present at the proceeding to certify the statement of facts.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.44(5), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.11, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 35, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 1059, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(61), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1541: Lubbock County

(a) Lubbock County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Lubbock County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Lubbock County; and

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Lubbock County.

(b) County Court at Law No. 1 of Lubbock County and County Court at Law No. 2 of Lubbock County sit in Lubbock.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.14(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 25.1542: Lubbock County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Lubbock County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) A county court at law has original concurrent jurisdiction with the justice courts in all matters prescribed by law for justice courts.

(c) An appeal or writ of error may not be taken to a court of appeals from a final judgment of a county court at law if:

(1) the court had appellate or original concurrent jurisdiction with the justice court; and

(2) the judgment or amount in controversy does not exceed $100, excluding interest and costs.

(d) This section does not deny the return of an appeal to a county court at law where the return of appeals to the county court exists by law.

(e) Appeals from the justice court and other inferior courts in the county must be made directly to a county court at law under provisions governing appeals to county courts.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(62), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(h) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least 90 percent of the total annual salary, including supplements other than the juvenile board supplement, paid to the judge of the 99th District Court. The salary shall be paid out of the county general fund on order of the commissioners court.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(62), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in family law cases and proceedings, and the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other matters.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(62), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to the same amount of fees and salary and shall perform the same duties as a district court reporter in the county. The salary shall be paid in the same manner as the salary of a district court reporter.

(m) In family law cases, juries shall be composed of 12 members.

(n) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(62), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.14(b), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.12, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 36, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.32, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(62), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1571: Mclennan County

McLennan County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law of McLennan County; and

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of McLennan County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1572: Mclennan County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in McLennan County has jurisdiction in third degree felony cases and jurisdiction to conduct arraignments, conduct pretrial hearings, accept guilty pleas, and conduct probation revocation hearings in felony cases.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) A judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary of not more than $20,000. Each judge receives the same amount as salary. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury by the commissioners court.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(63), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(63), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(63), eff. January 1, 2012.

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(h) An official court reporter is not required to take testimony in a case unless the judge or a party demands that testimony be taken. In cases in which the court reporter is required to take testimony, the clerk shall assess a $3 fee as costs in the case. The clerk shall collect the fee and deposit it in the county treasury. The court reporter shall be available for matters being considered in the county court if the parties before the court request a court reporter and the request is approved by the judge of a county court at law.

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(h) An official court reporter is not required to take testimony in a case unless the judge or a party demands that testimony be taken. In civil and probate cases in which the court reporter is required to take testimony, the clerk shall assess a $3 fee as costs in the case. The clerk shall collect the fee and deposit it in the county treasury. The court reporter shall be available for matters being considered in the county court if the parties before the court request a court reporter and the request is approved by the judge of a county court at law.

(i) The court reporter is entitled to receive the same compensation and to be paid in the same manner as the court reporters of the district courts in McLennan County.

(j) Sections 25.0006(b) and 25.0007 do not apply to a county court at law in McLennan County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.15(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 37, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(63), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1352 (S.B. 346), Sec. 4.10, eff. January 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1651: Medina County

Medina County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Medina County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1652: Medina County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Medina County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that does not exceed 90 percent of the amount paid a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury by the commissioners court. The judge is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as is allowed the county judge.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(64), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in family law cases and proceedings and shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law. The county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other cases.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(64), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) If a family law case is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(64), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) The fees assessed in cases in which the court has concurrent civil jurisdiction with the district court shall be the same as in the district court.

(j) A judge of a county court at law may provide that any criminal proceeding in the county court at law be recorded by a good quality electronic recording device instead of by a court reporter unless, on written motion filed with the court not later than the 10th day before the trial, the defendant requests that a court reporter be present. If a recording device is used, the court reporter need not be present at the proceeding to certify the statement of facts.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 130, Sec. 1, 2, eff. May 17, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 38, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 545, Sec. 1, eff. May 31, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.33, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(64), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1671: Midland County

Midland County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law of Midland County; and

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Midland County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1672: Midland County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Midland County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) civil cases in which the matter in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $500,000, excluding interest, statutory or punitive damages and penalties, and attorney's fees and costs, as alleged on the face of the petition.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(65), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, judges of the county courts at law and district courts in the county may exchange benches and courtrooms and may transfer cases between their dockets in the same manner that district court judges exchange benches and transfer cases under Section 24.003.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, of a district judge in the county and is entitled to receive travel, educational, and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in at least the same manner and amount as the county judge. The bailiffs and official court reporters of the county courts at law shall receive the same compensation, paid in the same manner, as the bailiffs and official court reporters of the district courts in the county.

(e) The fees assessed in a case in which a county court at law has concurrent civil jurisdiction with the district court are the same as the fees that would be assessed in the district court for that case.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(65), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The district clerk serves as clerk of the county courts at law in cases enumerated in Subsection (a) and Section 25.0003(c), and the county clerk serves as clerk of the county courts at law in all other cases.

(h) to (j) Repealed by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 466, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.13, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 39, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 466, Sec. 1 to 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1136 (H.B. 4094), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.07, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(65), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1721: Montgomery County

Montgomery County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Montgomery County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Montgomery County;

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Montgomery County;

(4) County Court at Law No. 4 of Montgomery County; and

(5) County Court at Law No. 5 of Montgomery County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 686, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2002.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 284 (H.B. 682), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 25.1722: Montgomery County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Montgomery County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings;

(2) cases and proceedings involving justiciable controversies and differences between spouses, or between parents, or between parent and child, or between any of these and third persons, corporations, trustees, or other legal entities; and

(3) matters involving an inter vivos trust.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(66), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(66), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, of any district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid by the county treasurer on order of the commissioners court. The judge of a county court at law is entitled to receive travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as the county judge.

(e) The district clerk of Montgomery County serves as clerk of the county courts at law in cases of concurrent jurisdiction between the district courts and the county courts at law and shall establish separate dockets for the county courts at law. The county clerk serves as clerk of the county courts at law in all other cases. The commissioners court may employ as many assistant county attorneys, deputy sheriffs, and clerks as are necessary to serve the county courts at law.

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(f) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, juries in a county court at law shall be composed of six members. Juries in family law cases and proceedings shall be composed of 12 members, unless the parties agree to a six-member jury.

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(f) Except as otherwise provided by this subsection, the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law, juries in a county court at law shall be composed of six members. Juries in family law cases and proceedings shall be composed of 12 members, unless the parties agree to a six-member jury.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(66), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Appeals in all cases from judgments and orders of a county court at law are to the court of appeals as provided for appeals from district and county courts.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 419, Sec. 1 to 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 40, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 7.27, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 686, Sec. 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2002.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(66), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 19, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1731: Moore County

(a) Moore County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Moore County.

(b) The County Court at Law of Moore County sits in Dumas.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1732: Moore County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Moore County has concurrent civil jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) This section does not affect the right of appeal to a county court at law from the justice courts in cases in which the right of appeal to the county court exists by law.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(67), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(67), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(67), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) A special judge has all the power and jurisdiction of the court and of the regular judge for whom he is sitting. A special judge may sign orders, judgments, decrees, or other processes of any kind as "Judge Presiding" when acting for the regular judge.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(67), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(67), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) The county attorney, criminal district attorney, and district attorney of Moore County serve as county attorney, criminal district attorney, and district attorney for a county court at law in Moore County. The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in the cases enumerated in Subsection (a)(2) and shall establish a separate docket for the county court at law. The commissioners court shall provide the deputy clerks, bailiffs, and other personnel necessary to operate a county court at law.

(k) Section 25.0008 does not apply to a county court at law in Moore County.

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(l) A jury in a county court at law is composed of six persons.

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(l) A jury in a county court at law is composed of six persons unless the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law requires a 12-member jury.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.16(a), 8.44(6), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.14, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 41, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(67), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 20, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1761: Nacogdoches County

Nacogdoches County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Nacogdoches County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1762: Nacogdoches County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Nacogdoches County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(68), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) A judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least $15,000 but not more than 90 percent of the total annual salary paid to the judge of the 145th Judicial District. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on orders from the commissioners court. A county court at law judge is entitled to reasonable travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(68), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(68), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f-1) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in cases enumerated in Subsections (a)(2)(B) and (C), and the county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in all other cases.

(g) The official reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive a salary that does not exceed the salary of the official reporter of the district court. The judge of the county court at law sets the salary. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(68), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, if a party to a suit files a written request for a 12-member jury with the clerk of the county court at law at a reasonable time that is not later than 30 days before the date the suit is set for trial, the jury shall be composed of 12 members.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1990, 71st Leg., 6th C.S., ch. 11, Sec. 1 to 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 42, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.34, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(68), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1771: Navarro County

Navarro County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Navarro County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 391 (H.B. 1682), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 14(a), eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 25.1772: Navarro County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Navarro County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) felony cases to:

(A) conduct arraignments;

(B) conduct pretrial hearings;

(C) accept guilty pleas; and

(D) conduct jury trials on assignment of a district judge presiding in Navarro County and acceptance of the assignment by the judge of the county court at law;

(2) Class A and Class B misdemeanor cases;

(3) family law matters;

(4) juvenile matters;

(5) probate matters;

(6) disputes ancillary to probate, eminent domain, condemnation, or landlord and tenant matters relating to the adjudication and determination of land titles and trusts, whether testamentary, inter vivos, constructive, resulting, or any other class or type of trust, regardless of the amount in controversy or the remedy sought; and

(7) appeals from the justice and municipal courts.

(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) suits on behalf of this state to recover penalties or escheated property;

(2) felony cases involving capital murder;

(3) misdemeanors involving official misconduct; or

(4) contested elections.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(69), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid a total annual salary set by the commissioners court at an amount that is not less than $1,000 less than the total annual salary received by a district judge in the county. A district judge's or statutory county court judge's total annual salary does not include contributions and supplements paid by a county.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(69), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, and the county clerk shall serve as clerk of a county court at law in all other matters. Each clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

(g) The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive a salary set by the judge of the county court at law with the approval of the commissioners court.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(69), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 391 (H.B. 1682), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1103 (H.B. 4833), Sec. 14(a), eff. September 1, 2009.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.35, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(69), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1059 (H.B. 3153), Sec. 2.05, eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 25.1801: Nueces County

(a) Nueces County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Nueces County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Nueces County;

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Nueces County;

(4) County Court at Law No. 4 of Nueces County; and

(5) County Court at Law No. 5 of Nueces County.

(b) The County Court at Law No. 1 of Nueces County and the County Court at Law No. 2 of Nueces County sit in Corpus Christi.

(c) The County Court at Law No. 5 of Nueces County shall give preference to:

(1) any proceeding involving an order relating to a child in the possession or custody of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services or for whom the court has appointed a temporary or permanent managing conservator;

(2) proceedings under Title 3, Family Code; and

(3) mental health matters over which the court has jurisdiction under Section 25.1802(a)(4).

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1134, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 679, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003.

Sec. 25.1802: Nueces County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (d), a county court at law in Nueces County has:

(1) the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and by general law for district courts;

(2) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in disputes ancillary to probate, eminent domain, condemnation, or landlord and tenant matters relating to the adjudication and determination of land titles and trusts, whether testamentary, inter vivos, constructive, resulting, or any other class or type of trust, regardless of the amount in controversy or the remedy sought;

(3) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court over civil forfeitures, including surety bond forfeitures without minimum or maximum limitation as to the amount in controversy or remedy sought;

(4) jurisdiction in mental health matters, original or appellate, provided by law for constitutional county courts, statutory county courts, or district courts with mental health jurisdiction, including proceedings under:

(A) Subtitle C, Title 7, Health and Safety Code;

(B) Chapter 462, Health and Safety Code; and

(C) Subtitle D, Title 7, Health and Safety Code;

(5) jurisdiction over the collection and management of estates of minors, mentally disabled persons, and deceased persons;

(6) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in all actions by or against a personal representative, in all actions involving an inter vivos trust, in all actions involving a charitable trust, and in all actions involving a testamentary trust, whether the matter is appertaining to or incident to an estate; and

(7) jurisdiction in all cases assigned, transferred, or heard under Sections 74.054, 74.059, and 74.094, Government Code.

(b) A county court at law has original concurrent jurisdiction with the justice courts in all civil and criminal matters prescribed by law for justice courts. Appeals from justice courts and other courts of inferior jurisdiction in Nueces County must be made directly to a county court at law.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(71), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) felony cases, except as otherwise provided by law;

(2) misdemeanors involving official misconduct unless assigned under Sections 74.054 and 74.059, Government Code;

(3) contested elections; or

(4) except as provided by Subsection (r), family law cases.

(e) The judges of the county courts at law in Nueces County shall each be paid an annual salary equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the salary paid by the state to a district judge in the county. The salaries shall be paid in the same manner and from the same fund as prescribed by law for the county judge.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1121, Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2007.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1121, Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2007.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(71), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(71), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(71), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(71), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(71), eff. January 1, 2012.

(m) A county court at law may not issue writs of habeas corpus in felony cases.

(n) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in cases enumerated in Subsection (a). The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for each county court at law. In matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, the district clerk shall charge the same fees as are allowed in district court cases, except that in cases enumerated in Subsections (a)(2) and (a)(4) and in misdemeanor cases other than those involving official misconduct, the clerk may not charge higher fees than the fees charged by county clerks for similar cases.

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(o) If a jury trial is requested in a case that is in a county court at law's jurisdiction, the jury shall be composed of six members unless the constitution requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury.

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(o) If a jury trial is requested in a case that is in a county court at law's jurisdiction, the jury shall be composed of six members unless the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury.

(p) If any cause or proceeding is lodged with the district clerk and the district clerk files, dockets, or assigns the cause or proceeding in or to a county court at law and the county court at law does not have subject matter jurisdiction over the cause or proceeding, then the filing, docketing, or assignment of the cause or proceeding in or to a county court at law is considered a clerical error and that clerical error shall be corrected by a judgment or order nunc pro tunc. The cause or proceeding is considered filed, docketed, or assigned to the district court of the local administrative judge in the first instance rather than to a county court at law of Nueces County. The judge of a county court at law of Nueces County who acts in the cause or proceeding is considered assigned to the district court of the local administrative judge for that purpose and has all the powers of the judge of that district court under the assignment.

(q) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(71), eff. January 1, 2012.

(r) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by this section for statutory county courts of Nueces County, the County Court at Law No. 5 of Nueces County has jurisdiction of:

(1) proceedings under Title 3, Family Code; and

(2) any proceeding involving an order relating to a child in the possession or custody of the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services or for whom the court has appointed a temporary or permanent managing conservator.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 796, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 549, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 431, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1134, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 679, Sec. 2, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1121 (H.B. 4007), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1121 (H.B. 4007), Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(71), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 21, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1831: Orange County

(a) Orange County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law of Orange County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Orange County.

(b) A county court at law in Orange County sits at the county seat.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 377, Sec. 4(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Sec. 25.1832: Orange County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Orange County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) cases and proceedings involving justiciable controversies and differences between spouses, between parents, between parent and child, or between any of these and third persons.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(72), eff. January 1, 2012.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(72), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary in an amount that is at least the amount the judge of the County Court at Law of Orange County was paid June 15, 1971, but not more than the amount paid a district judge by the state. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury on order of the commissioners court.

(f) If the judge of a county court at law is disqualified, ill, or for any reason unable to hold court on any matters pending in the county court at law, the fact shall be brought to the attention of a district judge in the county by any attorney, and the district judge shall dispose of the matters requiring attention in the district courts of the county. If a special judge is necessary, he may be selected in the manner provided by law for the selection of a special district court judge.

(g) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court; the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other matters. The commissioners court may employ as many additional assistant county attorneys, deputy sheriffs, and clerks as are necessary to serve a county court at law.

(h) The probation department, welfare agencies, sheriff, constables, and other law enforcement agencies of the state, county, and city shall furnish a county court at law with services in the line of their respective duties as are required by a county court at law. All sheriffs and constables within the state shall render the same services with reference to process and writs from the district court, county court, and probate court.

(i) Except as otherwise required by law, a jury in a county court at law is composed of six members.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(72), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Appeals in all cases from judgments and orders of the court shall be to the court of appeals as provided by law for appeals from district and county courts.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 44, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 377, Sec. 4(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(72), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1851: Panola County

Panola County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Panola County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1852: Panola County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and notwithstanding any law granting exclusive jurisdiction to the district court, a county court at law in Panola County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court.

(b) A county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the justice court in all criminal matters prescribed by law for justice courts. This section does not affect the right of appeal to a county court at law from a justice court where the right of appeal to the county court exists by law.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(73), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(73), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court and the county clerk shall serve as clerk of the county courts at law in all other cases. The commissioners court shall provide the deputy clerks, bailiffs, and other personnel necessary to operate a county court at law.

(h) The criminal district attorney or county attorney and the county sheriff shall attend a county court at law as required by the judge.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(73), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Section 21.002, Property Code, does not affect the jurisdiction of a county court at law in Panola County.

(k) Sections 25.0006 and 25.0008 do not apply to a county court at law in Panola County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.44(8), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.16, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 564, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 45, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 601, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(73), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1861: Parker County

(a) Parker County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law No. 1 of Parker County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Parker County.

(b) The statutory county courts in Parker County sit in Weatherford.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 377, Sec. 6(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 947 (H.B. 3992), Sec. 1, eff. October 1, 2007.

Sec. 25.1862: Parker County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Parker County has the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and by general law for district courts.

(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of felony cases, except as otherwise provided by law.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) A county court at law may not issue writs of habeas corpus in felony cases.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 947, Sec. 3, eff. October 1, 2007.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) A special judge must take the oath of office required by law for the regular judge and has all the power and jurisdiction of the court and of the regular judge. A special judge may sign orders, judgments, decrees, or other process as "Judge Presiding" when acting for the regular judge.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

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(k) If a jury trial is requested in a case that is in a county court at law's jurisdiction as provided by Subsection (a), the jury shall be composed of six members unless the constitution requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury.

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(k) If a jury trial is requested in a case that is in a county court at law's jurisdiction as provided by Subsection (a), the jury shall be composed of six members unless the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law requires a 12-member jury. Failure to object before a six-member jury is seated and sworn constitutes a waiver of a 12-member jury.

(l) The official court reporter's fee shall be taxed as costs in civil actions in the same manner as that fee is taxed in civil cases in the district courts.

(m) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

(n) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

(o) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county.

(p) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

(q) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

(r) The official court reporter of a county court at law must be well skilled in the court reporter's profession. The official court reporter of a county court at law is a sworn officer of the court who holds office at the pleasure of the court. The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to receive at least the same amount as compensation as the official court reporters in the district courts in the county. The compensation shall be paid in the same manner that the district court reporters are paid.

(s) If any cause or proceeding is lodged with the district clerk and the district clerk files, dockets, or assigns the cause or proceeding in or to a county court at law and the county court at law does not have subject matter jurisdiction over the cause or proceeding, then the filing, docketing, or assignment of the cause or proceeding in or to a county court at law is considered a clerical error and that clerical error shall be corrected by a judgment or order nunc pro tunc. The cause or proceeding is considered filed, docketed, or assigned to the district court of the local administrative judge in the first instance rather than to a county court at law. The judge of a county court at law who acts in the cause or proceeding is considered assigned to the district court of the local administrative judge for that purpose and has all the powers of the judge of that district court under the assignment.

(t) A county court at law judge has jurisdiction to grant an order permitting a marriage ceremony to take place during a 72-hour period immediately following the issuance of a marriage license in Parker County.

(u) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

(v) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, a judge of a county court at law and a judge of a district court or another county court at law may transfer cases between the courts in the same manner judges of district courts transfer cases under Section 24.003.

(w) A judge of a county court at law and a judge of a district court may exchange benches and may sit and act for each other in any matter pending before the court.

(x) The judges of the county courts at law may from time to time transfer criminal misdemeanor cases to other county courts at law to equalize the criminal misdemeanor dockets of the county courts at law for the efficient operation of the court system and the effective administration of justice.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.17, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 46, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1056, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 1999; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 377, Sec. 6(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 947 (H.B. 3992), Sec. 3, eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.08, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(74), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 22, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.1863: Probate Jurisdiction: Contested Cases

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Parker County does not have the jurisdiction of a probate court.

(b) A county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court over contested probate matters. Notwithstanding the requirement in Section 32.003(a), Estates Code, that the judge of the constitutional county court transfer a contested probate proceeding to the district court, the judge of the constitutional county court shall transfer the proceeding under that section to either a county court at law in Parker County or a district court in Parker County. A county court at law has the jurisdiction, powers, and duties that a district court has under Section 32.003(a), Estates Code, for the transferred proceeding, and the county clerk acts as clerk for the proceeding. The contested proceeding may be transferred between a county court at law in Parker County and a district court in Parker County as provided by local rules of administration.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.17(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 377, Sec. 6(c), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 947 (H.B. 3992), Sec. 2, eff. October 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1351 (S.B. 408), Sec. 12(f), eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 22.028, eff. September 1, 2017.

Sec. 25.1891: Polk County

Polk County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Polk County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1892: Polk County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Polk County has concurrent civil jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) cases and proceedings involving the collection of delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and costs and the foreclosure of tax liens; and

(2) family law cases and proceedings.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary in an amount that is at least equal to 80 percent of the annual salary, including supplements, paid the district judges in the county. The salary shall be paid by the county treasurer on order of the commissioners court.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(75), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in cases enumerated in Subsection (a)(2), and the county clerk serves as clerk in all other cases. The district clerk shall establish a separate docket for a county court at law.

(f) The jury in all civil or criminal matters shall be composed of 12 members, except that in misdemeanor criminal cases and any other cases in which the court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court the jury shall be composed of six members.

(g) Appeals in all cases from judgments and orders of the county court at law are to the court of appeals as provided for appeals from district and county courts.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.18, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 47, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.36, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(75), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1901: Potter County

(a) Potter County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Potter County; and

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Potter County.

(b) The county courts at law of Potter County sit in Amarillo.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.18(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989.

Sec. 25.1902: Potter County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Potter County has concurrent jurisdiction with the justice courts in civil matters prescribed by law for justice courts. A county court at law or its judge does not have jurisdiction to act as coroner or to preside at inquests in Potter County. A county court at law does not have jurisdiction over claims within the jurisdiction of the small claims court.

(b) A county court at law in Potter County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in family law cases and proceedings.

(b-1) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Subsections (a) and (b), the County Court at Law No. 1 of Potter County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in felony cases to conduct arraignments, conduct pretrial hearings, and accept pleas in uncontested matters.

(c) An appeal or writ of error may not be taken to the court of appeals from a final judgment of a county court at law if:

(1) the judgment or amount in controversy does not exceed $100, exclusive of interest and costs; and

(2) the case is a civil case over which the court has appellate or original concurrent jurisdiction with the justice court.

(d) This section does not affect the right of appeal to a county court at law from a justice court in cases in which the right of appeal to the county court exists.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(76), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(g) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(76), eff. January 1, 2012.

(h) Repealed by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 242, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(76), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(76), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(76), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Sections 25.0005(b) and 25.0007 do not apply to a county court at law in Potter County.

(m) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters enumerated in Subsections (b)(1), (b)(2), and (b)(3); the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other matters.

(n) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.18(b) to (g), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1100, Sec. 4.02(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.19, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 16, Sec. 8.01, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 48, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 242, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(76), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 382 (H.B. 4284), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.10, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.1931: Randall County

(a) Randall County has two statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law No. 1 of Randall County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Randall County.

(b) A county court at law of Randall County sits in the county seat or at another location in the county as assigned by the local administrative statutory county court judge.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.19(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 29, Sec. 1, eff. Oct. 18, 1989; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1298, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 51 (H.B. 597), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2005.

Sec. 25.1932: Randall County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Randall County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings;

(2) cases and proceedings involving justiciable controversies and differences between spouses, or between parents, or between parent and child, or between any of these and third persons;

(3) civil cases in which the amount in controversy is within the limits prescribed by Section 25.0003(c)(1); and

(4) felony cases to conduct arraignments, conduct pretrial hearings, and accept pleas in uncontested matters.

(a-1) to (a-3) Repealed by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 29, Sec. 4, eff. Oct. 18, 1989.

(b) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(77), eff. January 1, 2012.

(b-1) Repealed by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 29, Sec. 4, eff. Oct. 18, 1989.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(77), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The salary paid the judge of a county court at law shall be paid out of the county treasury by the commissioners court, except as otherwise provided by law.

(e) The judge of a county court at law is entitled to travel expenses and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in the same manner as the county judge.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(77), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in cases of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, and the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other cases.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(77), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) If a case in the court's concurrent jurisdiction with the district court is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(77), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Notwithstanding Section 74.121(b)(1), in matters of concurrent jurisdiction, the judge of a county court at law and the judges of the district courts in the county may exchange benches and courtrooms and may transfer cases between their dockets in the same manner that judges of district courts exchange benches and transfer cases under Section 24.003.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.19(b), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 29, Sec. 2 to 4, eff. Oct. 18, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 49, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1298, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 181 (H.B. 595), Sec. 1, eff. May 27, 2005.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 3.10, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.37, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(77), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.1971: Reeves County

(a) Reeves County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Reeves County.

(b) The County Court at Law of Reeves County sits in Pecos.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.1972: Reeves County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Reeves County has:

(1) concurrent jurisdiction with the district court:

(A) in disputes ancillary to probate, eminent domain, condemnation, or landlord and tenant matters relating to the adjudication and determination of land titles and trusts, whether testamentary, inter vivos, constructive, resulting, or any other class or type of trust, regardless of the amount in controversy or the remedy sought;

(B) over civil forfeitures, including surety bond forfeitures without minimum or maximum limitation as to the amount in controversy or remedy sought;

(C) in all actions by or against a personal representative, in all actions involving an inter vivos trust, in all actions involving a charitable trust, and in all actions involving a testamentary trust, whether the matter is appertaining to or incident to an estate;

(D) in proceedings under Title 3, Family Code; and

(E) in any proceeding involving an order relating to a child in the possession or custody of the Department of Family and Protective Services or for whom the court has appointed a temporary or permanent managing conservator;

(2) jurisdiction in mental health matters, original or appellate, provided by law for constitutional county courts, statutory county courts, or district courts with mental health jurisdiction, including proceedings under:

(A) Chapter 462, Health and Safety Code; and

(B) Subtitles C and D, Title 7, Health and Safety Code;

(3) jurisdiction over the collection and management of estates of minors, persons with a mental illness or intellectual disability, and deceased persons; and

(4) jurisdiction in all cases assigned, transferred, or heard under Sections 74.054, 74.059, and 74.094.

(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) felony cases, except as otherwise provided by law;

(2) misdemeanors involving official misconduct unless assigned under Sections 74.054 and 74.059;

(3) contested elections; or

(4) except as provided by Subsections (a)(1)(D) and (E), family law cases.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(78), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) A judge of a county court at law in Reeves County shall be paid an annual salary equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the salary paid by the state to a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid in the same manner and from the same fund as prescribed by law for the county judge.

(f) A county court at law may not issue writs of habeas corpus in felony cases.

(g) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in the cases described by Subsection (a), and the county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other matters.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(78), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Practice in a county court at law is that prescribed by law for county courts, except that practice and procedure, rules of evidence, issuance of process and writs, and all other matters pertaining to the conduct of trials and hearings involving family law cases and proceedings are governed by this section and the laws and rules pertaining to district courts. If a family law case is tried before a jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(78), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) All cases appealed from the justice courts and other courts of inferior jurisdiction in the county shall be appealed to a county court at law under the provisions governing appeals to county courts.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 50, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(78), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.11, eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.2011: Rockwall County

Rockwall County has the following statutory county courts:

(1) the County Court at Law No. 1 of Rockwall County; and

(2) the County Court at Law No. 2 of Rockwall County.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 377, Sec. 5(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.12(a), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.2012: Rockwall County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (b), a county court at law in Rockwall County has, concurrent with the district court, the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and general law for district courts.

(b) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) felony cases involving capital murder;

(2) suits on behalf of the state to recover penalties or escheated property;

(3) misdemeanors involving official misconduct; or

(4) contested elections.

(c) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law except that the county clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of mental health, the probate and criminal misdemeanor docket, and all civil matters in which a county court at law does not have concurrent jurisdiction with a district court.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(79), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(79), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Notwithstanding Sections 74.091 and 74.0911, a district judge serves as the local administrative judge for the district and statutory county courts in Rockwall County. The judges of district courts shall elect a district judge as local administrative judge for a term of not more than two years. The local administrative judge may not be elected on the basis of rotation or seniority.

(g) When administering a case for a county court at law, the district clerk shall charge civil fees and court costs as if the case had been filed in a district court. In a case of concurrent jurisdiction, the case shall be assigned to either a district court or a county court at law in accordance with local administrative rules established by the local administrative judge.

(h) The judge of a county court at law shall appoint an official court reporter for the judge's court and shall set the official court reporter's annual salary, subject to approval by the county commissioners court. The official court reporter of a county court at law shall take an oath or affirmation as an officer of the court. The official court reporter holds office at the pleasure of the judge and shall be provided a private office in close proximity to the court. The official court reporter is entitled to all rights and benefits afforded all other county employees.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(79), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) Not later than one year after the date of appointment, the bailiff of a county court at law must obtain a peace officer license under Chapter 1701, Occupations Code, from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. The sheriff of Rockwall County shall deputize the bailiff of a county court at law. The bailiff of a county court at law is subject to the training and continuing education requirements of a sheriff's deputy of the county. The sheriff shall remove from office a bailiff who does not receive a peace officer license within one year of appointment as required by this subsection.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(79), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(79), eff. January 1, 2012.

(m) In matters of concurrent jurisdiction, the judge of a county court at law and the district judge may exchange benches, transfer cases subject to acceptance, assign each other to hear cases, and otherwise manage their respective dockets under local administrative rules.

(n) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(79), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 377, Sec. 5(a), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.38, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(79), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 93 (S.B. 686), Sec. 2.19, eff. May 18, 2013.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 606 (S.B. 891), Sec. 2.12(b), eff. September 1, 2019.

Sec. 25.2031: Rusk County

Rusk County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Rusk County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.2032: Rusk County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Rusk County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) civil cases.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(80), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to the amount that is 90 percent of the total annual salary, including supplements, received by a district judge in the county. The commissioners court may provide travel expenses and office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance, in addition to the judge's salary, as it considers necessary.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(80), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The district clerk serves as clerk of the county courts at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court and the county clerk serves as clerk of the county courts at law in all other cases. The commissioners court may employ as many deputy sheriffs and bailiffs as are necessary to serve a court.

(g) The judge of a county court at law, with the consent of the commissioners court, may employ a secretary. The secretary is entitled to a salary as determined by the commissioners court.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(80), eff. January 1, 2012.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 540, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.20, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 51, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 582, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1143, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(80), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.2071: San Patricio County

(a) San Patricio County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of San Patricio County.

(b) A county court at law sits in Sinton.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 659, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Sec. 25.2072: San Patricio County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in San Patricio County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in matters involving the juvenile and child welfare law of this state.

(b) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(81), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary in an amount of not less than $43,000. The judge of a county court at law is entitled to receive travel and necessary office expenses, including administrative and clerical assistance.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(81), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(81), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) The judge of a county court at law shall appoint an official shorthand reporter for the court. The reporter must have the qualifications required by law for official shorthand reporters. The reporter shall be a sworn officer of the court and shall hold office at the pleasure of the court. The reporter must take the oath required of official court reporters. The official court reporter of a county court at law is entitled to a salary set by the commissioners court. The salary shall be paid out of the county treasury in equal monthly installments.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(81), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(81), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) The judge of a county court and the judge of a county court at law may transfer cases to and from the dockets of their respective courts in matters within their jurisdiction in order that the business may be distributed between them. However, a case may not be transferred from one court to another without the consent of the judge of the court to which it is transferred, unless it is within the jurisdiction of the court to which it is transferred.

(k) In all cases transferred to a county court at law and in all cases transferred to the county court by order of the judge of the other court, all processes, writs, bonds, recognizances, or other obligations issued or made in the cases shall be returned to and filed in the court to which the transfer is made. All bonds executed and recognizances entered into in those cases shall bind the parties for their appearance or to fulfill the obligations on the bonds or recognizances at the terms of court to which the cases are transferred as are fixed by law. All processes issued or returned before transfer of the cases as well as all bonds and recognizances taken in the case are valid and binding as though originally issued out of the court to which the transfer is made.

(l) The county judge and the judge of a county court at law may freely exchange benches and the courtroom with each other in matters within their jurisdiction, so that if one is ill, disqualified, or otherwise absent, the other may hold court for him without the necessity of transferring the case involved. However, the judge of one court may not assume the bench of the other court without the consent of the judge of the other court set forth by order recorded in the minutes of the other court. Either judge may hear all or any part of a case pending in the county court or a county court at law, but only in matters within his jurisdiction, and may rule and enter orders on and continue, determine, or render judgment on all or any part of the case without the necessity of transferring it to his own docket. Each judgment and order shall be entered in the minutes of the court in which the case is pending. The provisions for the exchange of benches by and between the judges are in addition to the provisions in this section for the selection and appointment of a special judge of a court at law.

(m) The judge of the county court and the judge of a county court at law may agree on a plan governing the filing, numbering, and docketing of cases within the concurrent jurisdiction of their courts and the assignment of those cases for trial. The plan may provide for the centralized institution and filing of all such cases with one court, clerk, or coordinator designated by the plan and for the systemized assignment of those cases to the courts participating in the plan, and the provisions of the plan for the centralized filing and assignment of cases shall control notwithstanding any other provisions of this section. If the judges of the county court and the county court at law are unable to agree on a filing, docketing, and assignment of cases plan, the presiding judge of the 36th Judicial District shall design a plan for both courts.

(n) The county clerk shall establish a separate docket for the court created by this section from among pending matters filed originally in the County Court of San Patricio County and shall transfer those matters to the docket of the court created by this section.

Comments

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 659, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 52, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(81), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.2141: Smith County

(a) Smith County has the following statutory courts:

(1) County Court at Law of Smith County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Smith County; and

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Smith County.

(b) The county courts at law of Smith County sit in Tyler.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 102, Sec. 1, eff. May 15, 1997.

Sec. 25.2142: Smith County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (a-1), a county court at law in Smith County has the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and by general law for district courts.

(a-1) A county court at law does not have jurisdiction of:

(1) capital felony cases or felonies of the first or second degree;

(2) suits on behalf of the state to recover penalties, forfeiture, or escheat;

(3) misdemeanors involving official misconduct; or

(4) contested elections.

(b) A county court at law has concurrent jurisdiction with the county court in mental illness matters and proceedings under Subtitle C, Title 7, Health and Safety Code.

(c) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(82), eff. January 1, 2012.

(d) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(e) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(82), eff. January 1, 2012.

(f) The commissioners court may, by an issued and signed order, require the judge of a county court at law to execute a bond in an amount set by the commissioners court. The commissioners court may require a bond of any special judge or visiting judge assigned to a county court at law. If the commissioners court requires a bond, the commissioners court must pay the appropriate fee for the bond from county funds.

(g) The judge of a county court at law may be paid an annual salary that is equal to the amount that is $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, paid a district judge in the county. The salary shall be paid to the judge in equal installments at the established county pay periods. The salary shall be paid out of the general fund of the county by warrants drawn on the county treasury on order of the commissioners court. The judge of a county court at law shall assess the fees prescribed by law relating to county judges and district judges according to the nature of the matter brought before the judge.

(h) If the office of judge of a county court at law is vacant, if the regular judge is absent, disabled, or disqualified from presiding, or if the regular judge of a county court at law certifies that the orderly administration of justice in the court requires the temporary assistance of a special judge or visiting judge, the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region in which the county is located may appoint a person to sit as a special or visiting judge.

(i) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(82), eff. January 1, 2012.

(j) A special judge of a county court at law must take the constitutional oath of office.

(k) A visiting judge of a county court at law must:

(1) be a former judge of a district court or statutory county court, or an active judge of a district court or county court at law;

(2) not appear and plead as an attorney at law in any court of this state while serving as a visiting judge;

(3) have been a successful candidate for election in at least two general elections for judge of a district court or statutory county court;

(4) not have been removed from office by impeachment, the supreme court, the governor on address of the legislature, or by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct; and

(5) not have resigned as judge of a court while under investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

(l) A special judge or visiting judge of a county court at law may sign orders, judgments, decrees, or any other process authorized by law as "Judge Presiding" when acting for the regular judge.

(m) In appointing a visiting judge, preference shall be given to the appointment of a former judge of a statutory county court. If a judge of a statutory county court is not available, the presiding judge of the judicial district may appoint a former judge of a district court or an active judge of a district court or county court at law.

(n) A former judge sitting as a visiting judge of a county court at law is entitled to receive for services performed the same amount of compensation that the regular judge receives, less an amount equal to the pro rata annuity received from any state, district, or county retirement fund. An active judge sitting as a visiting judge of a county court at law is entitled to receive for services performed the same amount of compensation that the regular judge receives, less an amount equal to the pro rata compensation received from state or county funds as salary, including supplements.

(o) A visiting judge of a county court at law is entitled to receive reimbursement for food and lodging expenses incurred, in an amount not to exceed the sum paid visiting judges of district courts in the state, and for actual travel expenses between the residence of the visiting judge and the county court at law.

(p) The compensation, including authorized expenses, for a county court at law judge, special judge, or visiting judge shall be paid by the commissioners court. Payment to a special judge or visiting judge shall be made on certification by the presiding judge of the administrative judicial region that the special judge or visiting judge has rendered the service and is entitled to receive the compensation. The amount paid to a special judge or visiting judge may not be deducted from the salary or allowable expenses of the regular judge.

(q) A special or visiting judge of a county court at law has all the powers, jurisdiction, authority, duties, immunities, and privilege provided by law for the county court at law or its judge, except those powers and that authority associated with the appointment or assignment of court personnel.

(r) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(82), eff. January 1, 2012.

(s) The official court reporter of a county is entitled to receive a salary set by the commissioners court. If possible, the commissioners court shall set the salary at an amount equal to the amount of compensation, fees, and allowances received by the court reporters of the district courts in Smith County. The official court reporter shall perform any reasonable court-related duties required by the judge of the court.

(t) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(82), eff. January 1, 2012.

(u) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(82), eff. January 1, 2012.

Text of subsection effective until September 01, 2020

(v) Except as otherwise provided by this section, juries in a county court at law shall be composed of six members. In matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court, if a party to the suit requests a 12-member jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In a civil case tried in a county court at law, the parties may, by mutual agreement and with the consent of the judge, agree to try the case with any number of jurors and agree to have a verdict rendered and returned by the vote of any number of jurors less than all those hearing the case.

Text of subsection effective on September 01, 2020

(v) Except as otherwise provided by this section, the constitution, Section 25.0007(c), or other law, juries in a county court at law shall be composed of six members. In matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court to which Section 25.0007(c) does not apply, if a party to the suit requests a 12-member jury, the jury shall be composed of 12 members. In a civil case tried in a county court at law, the parties may, by mutual agreement, agree to try the case with any number of jurors and agree to have a verdict rendered and returned by the vote of any number of jurors less than all those hearing the case.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 21, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.44(9), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.21, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 53, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 449, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.39, eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(82), eff. January 1, 2012.

Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (S.B. 2342), Sec. 23, eff. September 1, 2020.

Sec. 25.2161: Starr County

Starr County has one statutory county court, the County Court at Law of Starr County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

Sec. 25.2162: Starr County Court at Law Provisions

(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Starr County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:

(1) family law cases and proceedings; and

(2) controversies involving title to real property.

(b) This section does not affect the right of appeal to a county court at law from the justice court in cases in which the right of appeal to the county courts exists by law.

(c) Repealed by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

(d) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(83), eff. January 1, 2012.

(e) The judge of a county court at law shall be paid an annual salary that is at least equal to the salary paid the county judge but not more than $1,000 less than the total annual salary, including supplements, paid a district judge in the county.

(f) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(83), eff. January 1, 2012.

(g) A special judge must take the oath of office required by law for the regular judge and has all the power and jurisdiction of the court and the regular judge. A special judge may sign orders, judgments, decrees, or any other process as "Judge Presiding" when acting for the regular judge.

(h) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(83), eff. January 1, 2012.

(i) The district clerk serves as clerk of a county court at law in matters of concurrent jurisdiction with the district court and shall establish a separate docket for the county court at law. The county clerk serves as clerk of the court in all other matters.

(j) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(83), eff. January 1, 2012.

(k) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3, Sec. 4.50(a)(83), eff. January 1, 2012.

(l) Section 25.0008 does not apply to a county court at law in Starr County.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.44(10), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 30, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 2, 1989; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 1, Sec. 15.22, eff. Jan. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 31, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 26, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 746, Sec. 54, 70, eff. Oct. 1, 1991.

Amended by:

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 4.50(a)(83), eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 25.2221: Tarrant County

(a) Tarrant County has the following county courts at law:

(1) County Court at Law No. 1 of Tarrant County;

(2) County Court at Law No. 2 of Tarrant County; and

(3) County Court at Law No. 3 of Tarrant County.

(b) Tarrant County has the following county criminal courts:

(1) County Criminal Court No. 1 of Tarrant County;

(2) County Criminal Court No. 2 of Tarrant County;

(3) County Criminal Court No. 3 of Tarrant County;

(4) County Criminal Court No. 4 of Tarrant County;

(5) County Criminal Court No. 5 of Tarrant County;

(6) County Criminal Court No. 6 of Tarrant County;

(7) County Criminal Court No. 7 of Tarrant County;

(8) County Criminal Court No. 8 of Tarrant County;

(9) County Criminal Court No. 9 of Tarrant County; and

(10) County Criminal Court No. 10 of Tarrant County.

(c) Tarrant County has the following statutory probate courts:

(1) Probate Court No. 1 of Tarrant County; and

(2) Probate Court No. 2 of Tarrant County.

(d) Repealed by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 317, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Comments

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 148, Sec. 4.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 38, Sec. 1, eff. Oct. 20, 1987; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.20(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 354, Sec. 1, 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 317, Sec. 1, 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 25.2222: Tarrant County Court at Law Provisions

(a) A county court at law in Tarrant C