HB 1318

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Sylvester Turner

Bill Caption

Relating to the duration of a youth's detention following a detention hearing and the appointment of counsel for that hearing for certain youths.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication is anticipated on the State or local governments.

Bill Analysis

Summary: Currently, some Texas counties appoint counsel for juveniles prior to the first detention hearing and report positive results. HB 1318 would require courts to appoint a counsel to represent a child within a reasonable time before the first detention hearing.

Analysis: HB 1318 deals primarily with juvenile court administration and does not fall under our liberty principles. We remain neutral on HB 1318.