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8 Document(s) [ Subject: Rules of evidence ]

Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on Jurisprudence interim report
Subjects: Adoption | Air pollution control technology | Child abuse | Child custody | Children's Advocacy Centers | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | Grandparents | Houston, Texas | Judges | Juries | Medical records | Occupational licenses | Parents | Private investigators | Probate courts | Records management | Rules of evidence | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure | Visitation rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 J979
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [161 pages  File size: 5,386 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the laws governing suits affecting the parent-child relationship involving non-parents, including suits for possession of or access to a child by a grandparent, and make recommendations for providing the best care and protection for the children involved. Provide an assessment of the constitutional issues involved with these suits.
2. Study the management and storage of adoption records, including the costs and benefits of converting records into digital format. Study ways to increase access by adopted persons and their children and spouses to important family medical history information and ensure that medical history information is updated, while maintaining privacy and anonymity of records.
3. Examine the role of heir finders in Texas and make recommendations regarding professional standards and fees for heir finders.
4. Identify and study best practices for representation of children in child abuse and neglect cases and determine whether to implement further training, oversight, or other requirements for judges, attorneys, and others responsible for child abuse and neglect cases, including child sexual abuse cases. Develop and implement tools for children’s advocacy centers (CACs) and prosecutors to successfully investigate and prosecute child abusers. Include the following:
  • Explore changes to the rules of evidence that could facilitate the presentation of child testimony in court;
  • Explore making prior extraneous sex offenses admissible during determination of guilt, as has been adopted in the federal court system; and
  • Explore possible expansion of the rules regarding how cases are consolidated and punishments are stacked in a single trial involving a crime committed against a child.
5. Study practices intended to enhance the jury experience and increase jury participation, including:
  • allowing jurors to ask questions of witnesses by submitting them to the judge in writing;
  • allowing lawyers to periodically summarize testimony for the jury;
  • allowing jurors to take notes during trial; and
  • allowing jurors to discuss evidence among themselves during trial.
6. Study and make recommendations relating to the jurisdiction, authority, power and discretion of probate judges in Texas, including the authority of a probate judge to intervene in a non-probate case.
7. Study administrative and legal procedures used by municipalities to exert regulatory authority beyond city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction. Determine whether conflicts exist with agencies' regulatory authority and regulatory authority delegated to home-rule municipalities, and make recommendations for appropriate delegation and clarification of respective authorities.
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Jurisprudence Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: House Civil Practices
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Civil Practices, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Alternative dispute resolution | Consumer protection | Homeland security | Judicial interpretation of legislation | Liability | National security | Open records requests and decisions | Public information | Public Information Act, Texas | Rules of evidence | Statutory revision | Supreme Court, Texas | Terrorism |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 c498
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [162 pages  File size: 7,486 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine practices by courts and attorneys in product liability cases that may be detrimental to public health and safety. The review should include the sealing of records that might assist the public in assessing the dangers of using a product, agreements not to disclose information to the public or regulatory agencies, and any other rules, practices or laws deemed relevant by the committee.
2. Examine changes over the last decade to the civil justice system that affect the right of litigants (citizens or businesses) to receive appropriate review by a judicial body, including arbitration, mediation, other types of alternative dispute resolution.
3. Review changes in federal laws and law enforcement procedures, as well as recommendations from state and national agencies charged with homeland protection, to assess the need for changes in state civil laws to protect life and property and to detect, interdict and respond to acts of terrorism.
4. Review recent decisions of Texas appellate courts and identify those decisions that: (1) clearly failed to properly implement legislative purposes, (2) found two or more statutes to be in conflict, (3) held a statute to be unconstitutional, (4) expressly found a statute to be ambiguous, or (5) expressly suggested legislative action.
5. Monitor the rule-making proceedings of the Texas Supreme Court.
Committee: House Judiciary
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Judiciary, House of Representatives, State of Texas, 67th Legislature.
Subjects: At-risk youth | Child custody | Child support | Courts | Historical records | Judicial Conduct, State Commission on | Juvenile crime | Juvenile justice system | Kidnapping | Open Meetings Act, Texas | Records management | Rules of evidence | Runaway children | Statutory revision | Truancy | Visitation rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 j898
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [124 pages  File size: 3,598 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study Title II, Subtitle A and Title III of the Family Code, with a view toward recommendations modifying and expanding the statutes, including but not limited to: (a) parental kidnapping; (b) the disposition of juvenile cases (c) special issued in suits affecting the parent-child relationship; (d) mandatory requirements for court interpreters; and (e) grandparent visitation.
2. Study the preservation of records of the courts of appeal and district courts.
3. Study the rules of evidence for civil cases.
4. Review the hearing and investigative processes of the Judicial Conduct Commission.
5. Review the general rules of venue.
6. Study the Open Meetings Act to determine if changes are necessary to make the Act more effective.
Committee: Senate Rules of Evidence, Interim
Title: Interim Report - Proposed code
Library Catalog Title: Texas rules of evidence : proposed code.
Subjects: Rules of evidence | Statutory revision |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 r861
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [28 pages  File size: 1,965 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Work in conjunction with the Supreme Court of Texas, the Texas Judicial Council and the Committee on Administration of Justice of the State Bar of Texas to study codification of the Texas rules of evidence.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Rules of Evidence, Interim
Title: SR 565
Library Call Number: SR 565
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [4 pages  File size: 1,090 kb]
Committee: Senate Rules of Evidence, Interim
Title: Committee Documentation: File Guide, Transcript Index, Supreme Court Transmittals, Repealer Overlay, SR 565, Committee Roster
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.67 R861C
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [138 pages]
Committee: Senate Rules of Evidence, Interim
Title: Correspondence: Supreme Court Authority, Post Adoption Correspondence by Rule
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.67 R861C
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [149 pages]
Committee: Senate Rules of Evidence, Interim
Title: Criminal File
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.67 R861C
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [669 pages]

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