By: Zaffirini S.B. No. 53
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to grand juror training regarding sexual assault issues.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Chapter 19, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
amended by adding Article 19.43 to read as follows:
Art. 19.43. GRAND JUROR TRAINING REGARDING SEXUAL ASSAULT
ISSUES. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), the court shall
ensure that each grand juror receives training regarding issues of
sexual assault, including issues related to victims and
perpetrators of sexual assault.
(b) The court may excuse a grand juror from the training if
the court finds that the juror is unlikely to address sexual assault
issues during the juror's term of service.
(c) The court shall adopt rules necessary to accomplish the
purposes of this article. The rules must:
(1) require each grand juror to complete at least two
hours of training not later than the third day after the date the
juror is impaneled;
(2) provide a method for certification of completion
of the training; and
(3) provide for training by a sexual assault program,
as defined by Section 420.003, Government Code, located within the
judicial district of the court or, if there is not a program located
within the district, another entity with expertise in sexual
(d) On the court's request, the sexual assault program or
other entity, as applicable, shall provide the training using a
curriculum approved by a statewide association committed to ending
sexual violence in this state.
(e) The curriculum must include information about:
(1) case law, statutory law, and procedural rules
relating to sexual assault;
(2) methods for providing protection for victims of
(3) available community and state resources for
counseling and other aid to victims and perpetrators of sexual
(4) dynamics and effects of being a victim of sexual
(5) recurring characteristics of perpetrators of
SECTION 2. (a) A district court shall adopt the rules
required by Article 19.43, Code of Criminal Procedure, as added by
this Act, not later than October 1, 2003.
(b) The change in law made by this Act applies only to a
grand jury that is impaneled on or after the effective date of this
Act. A grand jury that is impaneled before the effective date of
this Act is covered by the law in effect when the jury was
impaneled, and the former law is continued in effect for that
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2003.