Texas Government Code

Sec. § 74.254
Judicial Committee for Additional Resources


The judicial committee for additional resources is composed of:


the chief justice of the supreme court; and


the presiding judges of the administrative judicial regions.


The chief justice of the supreme court serves as presiding officer. The office of court administration shall provide staff support to the committee.


On receipt of a request for additional resources from a presiding judge of an administrative judicial region under Section 74.253 (Judicial Determination), the committee shall determine whether the case that is the subject of the request requires additional resources in accordance with the rules adopted under Section 74.252 (Rules to Guide Determination of Whether Case Requires Additional Resources). If the committee determines that the case does require additional resources, the committee shall make available the resources requested by the trial judge to the extent funds are available for those resources under the General Appropriations Act and to the extent the committee determines the requested resources are appropriate to the circumstances of the case.


Subject to Subsections (c) and (f), additional resources the committee may make available under this section include:


the assignment of an active or retired judge under this chapter, subject to the consent of the judge of the court in which the case for which the resources are provided is pending;


additional legal, administrative, or clerical personnel;


information and communication technology, including case management software, video teleconferencing, and specially designed courtroom presentation hardware or software to facilitate presentation of the evidence to the trier of fact;


specialized continuing legal education;


an associate judge;


special accommodations or furnishings for the parties;


other services or items determined necessary to try the case; and


any other resources the committee considers appropriate.


Notwithstanding any provision of Subchapter C, a justice or judge to whom Section 74.053 (Objection to Judge Assigned to a Trial Court)(d) applies may not be assigned under Subsection (d).


The judicial committee for additional resources may not provide additional resources under this subchapter in an amount that is more than the amount appropriated for this purpose.
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., 1st C.S., Ch. 3 (H.B. 79), Sec. 7.04, eff. January 1, 2012.
Amended by:
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 954 (S.B. 1893), Sec. 3, eff. June 15, 2017.

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