BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
Court fees are assessed under this legislation to fund such pay increases.
It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution.
The bill increases the annual salary of a district judge to at least $125,000. The annual salary for a justice of a court of appeals, other than the chief justice, is set at equal to 110% the salary of a district judge. Justices of the supreme court and of the court of criminal appeals, other than their respective presiding justices, shall be entitled to a salary that is equal to 120 % the salary of a district judge. The bill provides that county judges are entitled to an annual supplement of
$15, 000 if at least 40 % of their functions are judicial. Other supplemental salaries and caps, including those relating to extrajudicial services, and serving on a juvenile board or as an administrative judge are set forth in the bill.
The bill requires the Office of Court Administration to collect and report data on judicial turnover and comparative information regarding the compensation of judges in other large states and lawyers in private practice.
The bill modifies current law to include certain fees that are to be deposited for the support of the judiciary, including the addition of a $4 fee to be imposed on the conviction of certain offenses, and provides for the fee to be allocated between the municipal or county authority.
The bill provides for a $37 filing fee to be assessed to any civil suit filed in district court, statutory county court or county court for support of the judiciary.
The bill makes an appropriation to fund the salary increase, and instructs the Employees Retirement System of Texas in making certain computations.
December 1, 2005