New Jury Forms Effective September 1, 2015
July 14, 2015
House Bill 866 and House Bill 2747 (84th Legislature, R.S.) made changes to the qualification requirements for and exemptions from jury service effective September 1, 2015. OCA has updated its model jury summons form and instructions to reflect the changes in the law. The revised model jury summons and questionnaire is for jurors summoned to serve on or after September 1, 2015. The revised model jury summons form and instructions are available here.
Truancy Legislation Training Materials Released
July 14, 2015
House Bill 2398 (84th Legislature, R.S.), effective September 1, 2015, makes several significant changes in the way that schools and courts process truant conduct by students. In an effort to assist courts, clerks, schools, parents and children in understanding the changes in law, training materials are provided here.
Criminal eFiling Rules Promulgated
June 12, 2015
The Court of Criminal Appeals and Supreme Court of Texas have promulgated the Statewide Rules Governing Electronic Filing in Criminal Cases, effective September 1, 2015, for Hidalgo County, and for all other counties in Texas effective November 1, 2015, subject to potential changes made after the comment period. The rules may be changed in response to public comments received before August 30, 2015. Any interested party may submit written comments directed to Abel Acosta, Clerk of the Court, at P.O. Box 12308, Austin, TX 78711, or firstname.lastname@example.org.