HB 1204 Study on Certain Juvenile Justice Issues
December 18, 2018
The 85th Legislature’s House Bill 1204 directed the Office of Court Administration to conduct a study on the use of the terms “juvenile,” “child,” and “minor” throughout the criminal justice and juvenile justice statutes of Texas and the varying definitions assigned to those terms. The bill also instructed OCA to determine:
- Whether adjudication under the adult criminal justice system of juveniles charged with misdemeanors punishable by fine only is just and efficient; and
- Whether certain procedures under the juvenile justice system, if used in the adjudication of juveniles charged with misdemeanors punishable by fine only, would provide a more just and efficient process for responding to violations of the law by juvenile offenders.
Texas Courts of Appeals Report a Strong Fiscal Year 2018
November 08, 2018
During the most recent fiscal year, the state’s fourteen courts of appeals continued a trend of strong judicial performance. The number of opinions issued by each justice increased by 4.5% from Fiscal Year 2017, and the total number of opinions issued by the courts increased by 1.3% to almost 10,000 opinions.
Judicial Compensation Commission Releases 2018 Report to the Legislature
September 26, 2018
The Judicial Compensation Commission released its 2018 Report to the Legislature this month. Among its recommendations is a 15% increase in compensation for judges and justices on the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Courts of Appeals and District Courts. Each biennium, the Commission is required to take into consideration several factors, most importantly, the level of overall compensation adequate to attract the most highly qualified individuals in the state, from a diversity of life and professional experiences, to serve in the judiciary without unreasonable economic hardship and with judicial independence unaffected by financial concerns.