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House Committee on Judicial Affairs - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
Senfronia Thompson, Chair
Will Hartnett, Vice Chair
Jaime Capelo
Joe Deshotel
Domingo Garcia
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Jim Solis
Robert Talton
Carlos Uresti
Charges
• Review the Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act, including witnessing, notarization, and notification; possible abuse of elders; refusal of financial institutions to accept Texas' law; and accounting and liability issues concerning attorneys-in-fact.
• Develop a plan for judicial redistricting as required by the Texas Constitution, Article V, Section 7a.

• Evaluate the rules of ethical conduct, conflict and disclosure for briefing clerks of the appellate courts.

• Study the feasibility of creating a statewide sexual assault prevention program.

• Make an assessment of all issues related to the current organization of the Texas Judicial Council and the Office of Court Administration. Consider the efficiency, responsiveness and accountability of the current organization, and make any appropriate recommendations for change.

• Monitor the progress of efforts to enable the filing of court documents of all kinds by facsimile or other electronic means, including the use of electronic signatures, actual or electronic notarization, and the need for verification.
• Assess the current state of judicial campaigns in regard to financing, accountability, immunity and candidate qualification. Make any appropriate reform recommendations.

• Study the fees assessed by district and county clerks for filing and processing civil cases and consider the establishment of a uniform schedule of fees.

• Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including the new Court Interpreter's Board.

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