Texas Government Code

Sec. § 75.015
El Paso County Judge Assignments


(a)

Judges may be assigned in the manner provided by this section to hold district court, county court at law, or statutory probate court in El Paso County when necessary to dispose of accumulated business in the county.

(b)

The following judges may be assigned as provided by this section by any judge of a district court, county court at law, or statutory probate court in El Paso County or by the El Paso Council of Judges:

(1)

a regular judge of a district court, county court at law, or statutory probate court of El Paso County, who has consented to be subject to assignment under this section and who has filed the judge’s written consent to assignment with the local administrative judge under this section; and

(2)

any judge on the criminal law magistrate court of El Paso County, who has consented to be subject to assignment under this section and who has filed the judge’s written consent to assignment with the local administrative judge under this section.

(c)

The local administrative judge shall establish and maintain a list of judges who have filed a written consent to be subject to assignment under this section.

(d)

The written consent of a judge to be subject to assignment under this section by a district, county court at law, or statutory probate judge in El Paso County or by the El Paso Council of Judges may be limited to one or more district courts, county courts at law, or statutory probate courts.

(e)

An El Paso County district, county court at law, or statutory probate judge may only assign a judge under this section to hold court for that judge.

(f)

A judge may revoke or amend the judge’s written consent to assignment under this section by filing a revocation or amendment to the consent with the local administrative judge not later than the 10th day before the effective date of the revocation or amendment.

(g)

A judge on the criminal law magistrate court of El Paso County may be assigned to hold district court under this section without the judge’s consent by a two-thirds vote of all the district court and county court at law judges of El Paso County.

(h)

A judge assigned under this section has all the powers, emoluments of office, and jurisdiction of the judge of the court to which the assignment is made.

(i)

If any court holds any part of this section, Section 25.0732 (El Paso County Court at Law Provisions), or Subchapter J, Chapter 54 (Masters; Magistrates; Referees; Associate Judges), as added by Senate Bill No. 221, Acts of the 71st Legislature, Regular Session, 1989, unconstitutional, all acts performed by any judge under the authority of any of these laws before and on the date that the court’s judgment becomes final are valid and binding.

(j)

A retired or former judge of a county court at law or statutory probate court of El Paso County who is assigned to a district court in El Paso County under Subchapter A, under Chapter 74 (Court Administration Act), or by other law of this state has the jurisdiction conferred by Subsection (h) of this section. A retired or former judge of a county court at law or statutory probate court of El Paso County who has served 12 years as a county court at law judge is a senior judge. The district courts, county courts at law, and statutory probate courts of El Paso County are of the same dignity.

(k)

Except as provided by this subsection or by the council of judges, the local administrative judge may assign a judge on the council of judges or any other magistrate in the county to hold court for any magistrate in the county in any unindicted felony case or any Class A misdemeanor case, or Class B misdemeanor case for which an indictment has not been issued or an information has not been filed. A judge on the council of judges, other than the magistrate judge, may not be assigned under this subsection without the judge’s consent. The local administrative judge may delegate or the council of judges may provide for delegation of the power to assign under this subsection to any other judge on the council of judges. A judge assigned under this subsection has all the powers and jurisdiction of the judge of the court to which assigned.
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1074, Sec. 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 512, Sec. 3, eff. June 13, 1991.
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