Texas Judicial Council Releases Pretrial Study and Bail Reform Legislation
March 08, 2017
On Thursday, March 9, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller, Sen. John Whitmire, Rep. Andrew Murr, and Dottie Carmichael, Public Policy Research Institute announced the release of their combined efforts for Pretrial Study and Bail Reform Legislation. The report Liberty and Justice: Pretrial Practices in Texas, its technical appendix, and summary and conclusions are posted on the Studies & Special Reports page of the Judicial Branch website.
Texas' two highest courts, the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, spearheaded the Beyond the Bench: Law, Justice, and Communities Summit on December 14, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. The Summit brought together Texas judges, law-enforcement officers, and national, state, and community leaders with the objective of strengthening trust and confidence in our justice system.
Former Chief Justice Jack Pope, 1913-2017
February 28, 2017
Retired Texas Chief Justice Jack Pope, who helped establish formal judicial education for Texas judges, fought for a voluntary judicial-ethics code when judges had none and fought again to make that code mandatory and enforceable, died Saturday at 103. He served Texas for 39 years as a district court judge, court of appeals justice and on the Supreme Court, the last two as chief justice.
Chief Justice Hecht Delivers State of the Judiciary, 2017
February 01, 2017
Chief Justice Hecht will deliver the State of the Judiciary at 11:00 am, February 1, 2017. You can view the live stream, and read the transcript of his speech.
OCA Releases Guardianship Compliance Project Performance Report
January 02, 2017
As directed by Rider 20 (p. IV-28) in the Office of Court Administration appropriation of the General Appropriations Act (GAA), this report details the outcomes of the guardianship compliance pilot project funded by the 84th Legislature. The report will be presented to the 85th Legislature for consideration during the upcoming session.