H.B. No. 595
relating to the jurisdiction of the County Court at Law of Randall
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 25.1932(a), Government Code, is amended
to read as follows:
(a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section
25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Randall County has
concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in:
(1) family law cases and proceedings;
(2) cases and proceedings involving justiciable
controversies and differences between spouses, or between parents,
or between parent and child, or between any of these and third
(3) civil cases in which the amount in controversy is
within the limits prescribed by Section 25.0003(c)(1); and
(4) felony cases to conduct arraignments, conduct
pretrial hearings, and accept [
guilty] pleas in uncontested
SECTION 2. (a) Section 25.1932(a)(4), Government Code, as
amended by this Act, applies to a criminal case that is pending or
commences on or after the effective date of this Act.
(b) For purposes of this section, a criminal case is pending
if a final judgment has not been entered in the case and commences
when an indictment or information is presented to the court.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 595 was passed by the House on March
23, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 145, Nays 0, 2 present, not
voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
No. 595 on May 16, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 139, Nays 0, 3
present, not voting.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 595 was passed by the Senate, with
amendments, on May 10, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays
Secretary of the Senate