Texas Legislative Year in Review: Special 3 judge trial court panels to hear challenges to state laws; State Commission on Judicial Conduct must release certain data each year

Law

HB 257 Prohibits judges from having any interest in a business entity that owns, manages, or operates a private correctional or rehabilitation facility.

HB 1080 Expands existing statute restricting release of home addresses and similar information found on driver’s licenses of judges to include that of associate judges and statutory probate judges.

HB 1923 Allows former statutory probate court judges to serve as special judges.

SB 306 Details information State Commission on Judicial Conduct must release every year must include the number of complaints received by the commission, the number of complaints dismissed without commission action and the reasons (facts alleged did not constitute judicial misconduct, facts alleged did not constitute judicial misconduct or disability, allegation determined unfounded or frivolous). Requires disclosure of number of each type of judicial misconduct or disability that resulted in sanction or censure of a judge.

SB 455 Provides challenges to state laws to be heard on request of Attorney General by three-judge panels of District Court, two of whom are to be chosen by Chief Justice.

SB 478 Requires the Supreme Court of Texas, as the court finds appropriate, to 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.

SB 512 Requires the Supreme Court of Texas to promulgate, as the court considers appropriate, forms for use by individuals representing themselves in certain probate matters.

SB 1025 Provides county judges entitled to annual salary supplement from the state in an amount equal to 18 percent of the annual compensation provided for a district judges in the General Appropriations Act (current supplement is $15,000).

SB 1116 Provides for a notice or document sent by mail or electronic mail by a court, justice, judge, magistrate, or clerk of a judicial court.

SB 1139 Requires annual performance evaluation by presiding judges for the Associate Judges for Child Support and Child Protection Cases and other personnel appointed under the applicable statutory provisions based on written personnel performance standards adopted by the presiding judge. Establishes that if the statute that establishes a multicounty statutory county court does not designate one of the counties that compose the multicounty statutory county court as the administrative county for that court, the county with the greatest population of the counties composing the court at the time the court is established is the administrative county for the court. Authorizes the commissioners courts of the counties that compose a multicounty statutory county court to enter into an agreement to provide support for the court.

Vetoed

HB 4103 Authorizes a judge of a municipal court not reappointed by the 91st day following the expiration of a term of office who continues to serve for another term of office to continue to perform the duties of the office without taking an additional oath or affirmation otherwise required under the Texas Constitution.