Bill Text: TX SB414 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the composition of the 23rd Judicial District and the creation of the 461st Judicial District composed of Brazoria County.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-25 - Co-author authorized [SB414 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB414-Introduced.html
  86R6799 TSS-D
 
  By: Huffman S.B. No. 414
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the composition of the 23rd Judicial District and the
  creation of the 461st Judicial District composed of Brazoria
  County.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  The heading to Section 24.124, Government Code,
  is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 24.124.  23RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT ([BRAZORIA,]
  MATAGORDA[,] AND WHARTON COUNTIES).
         SECTION 2.  Sections 24.124(a) and (b), Government Code, are
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The 23rd Judicial District is composed of [Brazoria,]
  Matagorda[,] and Wharton counties.
         (b)  The terms of the 23rd District Court begin:
               (1)  [in Brazoria County on the first Mondays in April
  and October, and the terms are designated the April-September and
  October-March terms;
               [(2)] 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) [(3)]  in Wharton County on the first Mondays in
  July and January, and the terms are designated the July-December
  and January-June terms.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter C, Chapter 24, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 24.6005 to read as follows:
         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.
         SECTION 4.  (a) The local administrative district judge
  shall transfer to the 461st District Court all cases from Brazoria
  County that are pending in the 23rd District Court on the effective
  date of this Act.
         (b)  When a case is transferred as provided by Subsection (a)
  of this section:
               (1)  all processes, writs, bonds, recognizances, or
  other obligations issued from the 23rd District Court are
  returnable to the 461st District Court as if originally issued by
  that court; and
               (2)  the obligees on all bonds and recognizances taken
  in and for the 23rd District Court and all witnesses summoned to
  appear in the 23rd District Court are required to appear before the
  461st District Court as if originally required to appear before
  that court.
         (c)  The 461st Judicial District is created on the effective
  date of this Act.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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