Texas Code of Criminal Procedure
Art. Art. 31.07
Witness Need Not Again Be Summoned


When the venue in a criminal action has been changed, it shall not be necessary to have the witnesses therein again subpoenaed, attached or bailed, but all the witnesses who have been subpoenaed, attached or bailed to appear and testify in the cause shall be held bound to appear before the court to which the cause has been transferred, as if there had been no such transfer.
Acts 1965, 59th Leg., p. 317, ch. 722, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.
Art. 31.08. RETURN TO COUNTY OF ORIGINAL VENUE.
Sec. 1. (a) On the completion of a trial in which a change of venue has been ordered and after the jury has been discharged, the court, with the consent of counsel for the state and the defendant, may return the cause to the original county in which the indictment or information was filed. Except as provided by Subsection (b) of this section, all subsequent and ancillary proceedings, including the pronouncement of sentence after appeals have been exhausted, must be heard in the county in which the indictment or information was filed.

(b)

A motion for new trial alleging jury misconduct must be heard in the county in which the cause was tried. The county in which the indictment or information was filed must pay the costs of the prosecution of the motion for new trial.
Sec. 2. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), on an order returning venue to the original county in which the indictment or information was filed, the clerk of the county in which the cause was tried shall:

(1)

make a certified copy of the court’s order directing the return to the original county;

(2)

make a certified copy of the defendant’s bail bond, personal bond, or appeal bond;

(3)

gather all the original papers in the cause and certify under official seal that the papers are all the original papers on file in the court; and

(4)

transmit the items listed in this section to the clerk of the court of original venue.

(b)

This article does not apply to a proceeding in which the clerk of the court of original venue was present and performed the duties as clerk for the court under Article 31.09 (Change of Venue; Use of Existing Services).
Sec. 3. Except for the review of a death sentence under Section 2(h), Article 37.071 (Procedure in Capital Case), or under Section 2(h), Article 37.072 (Procedure in Repeat Sex Offender Capital Case Procedure in Repeat Sex Offender Capital Case), an appeal taken in a cause returned to the original county under this article must be docketed in the appellate district in which the county of original venue is located.
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 824, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Sec. 2 amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 651, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Amended by:
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 593 (H.B. 8), Sec. 3.13, eff. September 1, 2007.
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