HB 282

84(R) - 2015
House Criminal Jurisprudence
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Criminal Procedure

Companion Bill

SB 135

Vote Recommendation

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Harold Dutton Jr.


Helen Giddings
Borris Miles
Ron Reynolds

Bill Caption

Relating to the organization of a grand jury.

Bill Analysis

HB 282 would remove the practice of using jury commissioners to select members of a grand jury and assigns only the district judge to appoint prospective grand jurors. Under current law a jury commissioner in Texas serves for $10 a day and has the responsibility of choosing the prospective grand jurors. This bill would also give the court additional authority in dismissing grand jurors at their own discretion.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This legislation removes an outdated and unnecessary position from the process of seating a grand jury, we support this bill as a promotion of limited government.