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10 Document(s) [ Subject: Court congestion ]

Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: Appellate courts | Attorneys | Court congestion | Court costs and fees | Fines | Judicial campaign contributions | Judicial districts | Judicial Districts Board | Judicial selection | Juries | Jury duty | Redistricting | State Auditor's Office, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 j979
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [90 pages  File size: 4,360 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the selection of judges in the state courts as well as the statutory county courts-at-law and probate courts, and make recommendations for any legislative action. The committee should consider the report made to the 75th Legislature by the Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency and legislation introduced during the 75th Legislature.
2. Study and evaluate the process of judicial districting with emphasis on the intermediate level of courts in Texas and, if necessary, make recommendations for any legislative action.
3. Review any reports made by the Texas State Auditor regarding the court system and efficiency of the courts which may be issued prior to the 76th Legislature, and consider whether legislative action is needed.
4. Study the costs assessed on parties filing civil lawsuits and appeals in district, county and appellate courts and evaluate whether those costs are unreasonable or overly burdensome. The Committee should review relevant legislation introduced during the 1997 regular session.
5. Evaluate the collection efforts of criminal fines imposed by the courts to determine how courts, court clerks, community supervision departments, the Division of Paroles in the Department of Criminal Justice, and the Board of Pardons and Paroles may enhance collection efforts. If improvement in collection efforts is needed, the Committee should make recommendations. A review of other states' methods may be conducted.
6. Review ways to improve service on juries and service by jurors. The committee should consider the work of the task force created by the Texas Supreme Court to study the jury system in Texas, as well as review the results of any similar studies which have taken place or are presently taking place in other states.
7. Review the legal duties of attorneys and guardians in the negotiation and settlement of their client's civil claims. The Committee should consider whether current law and regulations ensure that clients' interests are protected and promote the efficient and effective resolution of claims. The Committee may make recommendations, if necessary, for legislative action.
Committee: House Judiciary
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Judiciary, House of Representatives, State of Texas, 69th Legislature.
Subjects: Administrative Hearings, State Office of | Alternative dispute resolution | Court congestion | Court Reporters Certification Board, Texas | Divorce |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 j898
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [101 pages  File size: 3,277 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the funding procedures and processes of the Court Reporters Certification Board, and review the qualifications necessary for certification.
2. To study the necessity and desirability of establishing or expanding a system of arbitration or mediation for certain civil cases.
3. To study the necessity and desirability of allowing court ordered alimony in Texas, and the determination of those parameters of circumstances which would indicate a need for spousal maintenance.
4. To study the advantages and disadvantages to the state of creating a central panel of administrative law judges.
Committee: House Judicial Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Judicial Affairs Committee, Texas House of Representatives, the sixty-eighth legislative session.
Subjects: Alternative dispute resolution | Appellate courts | County courts | Court congestion | District courts | Judges | Sovereign immunity | Trial courts |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 j897
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [148 pages  File size: 4,608 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Analyze, in cooperation with the Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System, comparative needs related to court clerks, briefing attorneys, legal counselors, legal secretaries, and other specialized staff to study personnel needs of each of Texas' 14 courts of appeals.
2. Investigate existing neighborhood dispute centers and report on their operations.
3. Examine the current procedures used for resolutions to sue the state to determine if specific guidelines should be implemented.
4. Study the alternative of creating a unified county courts at law system.
5. Examine Texas' visiting judge program to determine if changes are necessary.
6. Study methods to help equalize the caseloads of district judges in urban areas.
7. Examine methods of reducing trial court delay.
Committee: House Judicial Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Judicial Affairs Committee, Texas House of Representatives, the sixty-seventh legislative session.
Subjects: Appellate courts | Autopsies | Court congestion | Courts | Judicial Conduct, State Commission on | Law Examiners, Texas Board of | Medical examiners | State Bar of Texas | Statutory revision | Supreme Court, Texas | Trial courts |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 j897
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [127 pages  File size: 4,782 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned for appropriative purposes during the Sixty-sixth Regular Session of the Legislature. These are: Supreme Court of Texas, Courts of Civil Appeals, State Bar of Texas, Board of Law Examiners, State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Judiciary Section, Comptroller's Office.
2. Study the use of masters and other parajudicial personnel as a method of easing caseloads in certain courts.
3. Identify concurrent jurisdiction in civil cases among the trial courts in Texas and make appropriate recommendations.
4. Review court systems in other states.
5. Undertake a comprehensive study of the Family Code with recommendations as to recodification.
6. Study the need and benefits of having regional medical examiners in determining deaths caused by sexual abuse, child abuse, drugs and alcohol.
7. Study the needs of the Courts of Civil Appeals.
8. Determine the support services needed by the Supreme Court and recommend appropriate funding.
Committee: House Judiciary
Title: Interim Report - Volume 2
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature : reports of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, state of Texas, 66th Legislature.
Subjects: Appellate courts | Court congestion | Criminal appeals | Trial courts |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 j898 2
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [157 pages  File size: 4,527 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study means of streamlining and making more efficient the administration of justice at the trial court level.
2. Study the need for implementing legislation relating to changing the Courts of Civil Appeals to "Courts of Appeals" with criminal jurisdiction (SJR 36, 66th Legislature, Regular Session).
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the Senate Committee on Jursiprudence.
Subjects: Child support | Consumer credit | Court congestion | Interest rates |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 j979s
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [135 pages  File size: 3,956 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review preferential setting clauses which allow particular kinds of lawsuits or causes of action to take precedence over all other lawsuits pending on a court's docket at the time the lawsuit is filed. Study the problems which these clauses create, and propose solutions. *
2. Review state interest rate regulation and usury laws, and study the nature and extent of Federal intervention in regulating the availability and cost of credit. *
3. Research problems with enforcing child support orders; make recommendations for improving the enforcement process. *
Committee: House Judiciary
Title: Interim Report - Arbitration and Overcrowded Courts
Library Catalog Title: Interim report : arbitration and overcrowded courts / Committee on the Judiciary, Sixty-sixth Legislature.
Subjects: Alternative dispute resolution | Court congestion |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 j898a
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [23 pages  File size: 694 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. A study of the use and desirability of arbitration as a possible remedy to overloaded court dockets in Texas.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Judiciary
Title: Testimony of Judge L.D. Ratliff, July 20, 1970 (transcript)
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 J898MR 61
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [37 pages  File size: 1,517 kb]
Committee: House Judiciary
Title: Testimony by Curtis Brown, August 14, 1970 (transcript)
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 J898MB 61
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [18 pages  File size: 765 kb]
Committee: Joint Judicial Redistricting Committee
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of Judicial Redistricting Committee as provided for in Senate Concurrent Resolution no. 13.
Subjects: Court congestion | Judicial districts |
Library Call Number: L1836.42, J898
Session: 42nd R.S. (1931)
Online version: View report [20 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Make a thorough investigation into the various Judicial Districts and district courts of Texas for the purpose of determining as nearly as possible the amount of litigation being transacted by each and every district court in Texas.
2. Make recommendations for redistricting the state for district court purposes. *

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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