Senate Committee on Jurisprudence - 78th R.S. (2003)

Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report : report to the 79th Legislature
Subjects: Alternative dispute resolution | Courts | Criminally insane | Judge salaries | Judicial Retirement System of Texas | Penalties and sentences (Criminal justice) |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 J979
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [99 pages  File size: 5,013 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the jurisdiction of all local and state courts, including civil and criminal justice courts. Make recommendations for changes to any court's jurisdiction to improve the efficiency or effectiveness of the judicial system. Review and make recommendations relating to concurrent jurisdiction of county courts at law and district courts over eminent domain proceedings.
2. Study judicial salaries, supplements, retirement, and benefit issues for sitting, visiting and retired judges.
3. Study arbitration statutes, and the role of the American Arbitration Association. Specifically, the Committee shall make recommendations to improve and ensure the efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness of arbitrators and arbitrations.
4. Study insanity defense laws, specifically evaluating the impact of changing the defense of "not guilty by reason of insanity" to "guilty, but insane."

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