Texas Government Code
Sec. § 411.0255
Disqualification of Prosecuting Attorney or Judge; Selection of Prosecuting Attorney by Presiding Judge of Administrative Judicial Region


(a)

In this section, "presiding judges" means the presiding judges of the administrative judicial regions.

(b)

A prosecuting attorney may request that the court with jurisdiction over the complaint permit the attorney to recuse himself or herself for good cause in a case investigated under this subchapter, and on submitting the notice of recusal, the attorney is disqualified.

(b-1)

The judge of a court with jurisdiction over a complaint may request that the presiding judges permit the judge to recuse himself or herself for good cause in a case investigated under this subchapter, and on submitting the notice of recusal, the judge is disqualified.

(b-2)

The public integrity unit shall inform the judge of the court with jurisdiction over a complaint if the prosecuting attorney is disqualified for purposes of Article 2.07, Code of Criminal Procedure, because the prosecuting attorney is the subject of a criminal investigation under this subchapter based on credible evidence of criminal misconduct. On showing that the prosecuting attorney is the subject of the investigation, the judge shall order the prosecuting attorney disqualified under Article 2.08, Code of Criminal Procedure.

(b-3)

If the judge of the court with jurisdiction over a complaint described by Subsection (b-2) is also disqualified, the public integrity unit shall inform the presiding judges of the prosecuting attorneys disqualification under that subsection.

(b-4)

The public integrity unit shall inform the presiding judges if a judge of a court with jurisdiction over a complaint is disqualified because the judge is the subject of a criminal investigation under this subchapter based on credible evidence of criminal misconduct. On showing that the judge is the subject of the investigation, the presiding judges shall order the judge disqualified. Disqualification under this subsection applies only to the judges access to the criminal investigation pending against the judge and to any prosecution of a criminal charge resulting from that investigation.

(c)

Following the disqualification or recusal of a prosecuting attorney under this section, the presiding judges shall appoint a prosecuting attorney from another county in that administrative judicial region by majority vote. A prosecuting attorney selected under this subsection has the authority to represent the state in the prosecution of the offense.

(c-1)

Following the disqualification of a judge of a court with jurisdiction over a complaint under this section, the presiding judges by majority vote shall appoint a judge from a county within the administrative judicial region. A judge selected under this subsection has jurisdiction over the complaint.

(d)

The prosecutor selected under this section may pursue a waiver to extend the statute of limitations by no more than two years. If the waiver adds less than two years to limitations, the prosecutor may pursue a successive waiver for good cause shown to the court, providing that the total time of all waivers does not exceed two years.
Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 927 (H.B. 1690), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.
Amended by:
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1296 (H.B. 3531), Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 2019.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1296 (H.B. 3531), Sec. 2, eff. June 14, 2019.
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