By: Homer (Senate Sponsor - Eltife) H.B. No. 4685
         (In the Senate - Received from the House May 18, 2009;
  May 19, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on
  Jurisprudence; May 23, 2009, reported favorably by the following
  vote:  Yeas 5, Nays 0; May 23, 2009, sent to printer.)
  relating to the County Court of Titus County.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter E, Chapter 26, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 26.325 to read as follows:
         Sec. 26.325.  TITUS COUNTY.  (a)  The County Court of Titus
  County has:
               (1)  the general jurisdiction of a probate court;
               (2)  juvenile jurisdiction as provided by Section
  26.042(b); and
               (3)  original and appellate jurisdiction in all matters
  over which county courts have jurisdiction under the constitution
  and general laws of this state.
         (b)  The terms of the county court continue until the court
  has disposed of its business. The commissioners court may change
  the court terms under Section 26.002.
         (c)  A judge of a district court in Titus County and the judge
  of the county court may enter into a written agreement granting the
  county court jurisdiction to hear:
               (1)  guilty pleas in felony cases;
               (2)  default judgments;
               (3)  uncontested civil and family law cases in which a
  final judgment will be entered; and
               (4)  civil and family law cases in which an agreed final
  judgment will be entered.
         (d)  The county court judge may not enter into an agreement
  under Subsection (c) unless:
               (1)  the county is included in at least two judicial
  districts that contain more than one county;
               (2)  the county does not have a county court at law;
               (3)  the county court retains original misdemeanor
  jurisdiction; and
               (4)  the county judge is an attorney who:
                     (A)  is licensed to practice law in this state;
                     (B)  meets the qualifications for holding the
  office of district court judge.
         (e)  An agreement under Subsection (c) may provide that a
  final judgment be approved by the district court judge.
         (f)  The county judge has the same judicial immunity as the
  district court judge when presiding over cases authorized under
  Subsection (c).
         (g)  All pleadings, documents, records, and other papers in
  district court cases heard by a county court judge remain under the
  control of the district clerk. The district clerk may establish a
  separate docket for the cases considered by the county court judge.
         SECTION 2.  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, 2009.
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