86R33761 JH-D
 
  By: Guillen H.R. No. 1658
 
 
 
R E S O L U T I O N
         WHEREAS, Municipal courts provide the citizens of the Lone
  Star State with a local forum where questions of law and fact can be
  resolved in regard to alleged violations of state law and municipal
  ordinances; and
         WHEREAS, Because citizens come into contact with municipal
  courts more often than any other type of court, the administration
  of justice at the municipal level plays a large part in influencing
  the public's overall impression of the Texas judicial system; and
         WHEREAS, Judges of the municipal courts function also as
  magistrates for the State of Texas, and in that role they perform
  such duties as issuing search and arrest warrants, giving
  magistrate warnings, and setting bail for offenses ranging from
  petty theft to murder; and
         WHEREAS, Pledging to be impartial and to conform to the
  standards set by the Canons of Judicial Conduct, our state's
  municipal court employees work diligently to ensure the fair
  administration of justice while upholding the rigorous standards of
  professionalism; and
         WHEREAS, In addition to judges, municipal courts are staffed
  by clerks, court administrators, prosecutors, juvenile case
  managers, bailiffs, and warrant officers; these dedicated
  individuals continually strive to improve court operations by
  participating in judicial education programs, seminars, workshops,
  and the annual meetings of their state and local professional
  organizations; and
         WHEREAS, Municipal courts in Texas play a vital role in
  preserving public safety, protecting the quality of life for area
  residents, and deterring future criminal behavior, and it is indeed
  fitting to recognize municipal judges and court support personnel
  for their exemplary dedication to the communities they serve; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize the first week of November in 2019 and
  2020 as Municipal Courts Week and commend all those associated with
  the state's municipal courts for their essential contributions.