1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to the waiver of a jury trial in the prosecution of a
1-3 misdemeanor offense within the jurisdiction of the justice and
1-4 municipal courts.
1-5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-6 SECTION 1. Subsection (c), Section 27.14, Code of Criminal
1-7 Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
1-8 (c) In a misdemeanor case for which the maximum possible
1-9 punishment is by fine only, payment of a fine[
,] or an amount
1-10 accepted by the court constitutes a finding of guilty in open
1-11 court[ ,] as though a plea of nolo contendere had been entered by
1-12 the defendant and constitutes a waiver of a jury trial in writing.
1-13 SECTION 2. Subsection (c), Section 27.14, Code of Criminal
1-14 Procedure, as amended by this Act, applies only to a fine paid or
1-15 an amount accepted by the court in a misdemeanor case on or after
1-16 the effective date of this Act. A fine paid or an amount accepted
1-17 by the court in a misdemeanor case before the effective date of
1-18 this Act is covered by the law in effect immediately before the
1-19 effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for
1-20 that purpose.
1-21 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1681 passed the Senate on
April 11, 2001, by the following vote: Yeas 29, Nays 0, one
present, not voting.
Secretary of the Senate
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1681 passed the House on
May 8, 2001, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House