Texas Government Code

Sec. § 78.054
Powers and Duties


(a)

The office may not accept an appointment under Article 11.071 (Procedure in Death Penalty Case), Code of Criminal Procedure, if:

(1)

a conflict of interest exists;

(2)

the office has insufficient resources to provide adequate representation for the defendant;

(3)

the office is incapable of providing representation for the defendant in accordance with the rules of professional conduct; or

(4)

other good cause is shown for not accepting the appointment.

(b)

The office may not represent a defendant in a federal habeas review. The office may not represent a defendant in an action or proceeding in state court other than an action or proceeding that:

(1)

is conducted under Article 11.071 (Procedure in Death Penalty Case), Code of Criminal Procedure;

(2)

is collateral to the preparation of an application under Article 11.071 (Procedure in Death Penalty Case), Code of Criminal Procedure;

(3)

concerns any other post-conviction matter in a death penalty case other than a direct appeal, including an action or proceeding under Article 46.05 (Competency to Be Executed) or Chapter 64 (Motion for Forensic Dna Testing), Code of Criminal Procedure; or

(4)

is conducted under Article 11.073 (Procedure Related to Certain Scientific Evidence), Code of Criminal Procedure, or is collateral to the preparation of an application under Article 11.073 (Procedure Related to Certain Scientific Evidence), Code of Criminal Procedure, if the case was referred in writing to the office by the Texas Forensic Science Commission under Section 4(h), Article 38.01 (Texas Forensic Science Commission), Code of Criminal Procedure.

(c)

Notwithstanding Article 26.04 (Procedures for Appointing Counsel)(p), Code of Criminal Procedure, the office may independently investigate the financial condition of any person the office is appointed to represent. The office shall report the results of the investigation to the appointing judge. The judge may hold a hearing to determine if the person is indigent and entitled to representation under this section.

(d)

The office may consult with law school clinics with applicable knowledge and experience and with other experts as necessary to investigate the facts of a particular case.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781 (S.B. 1091), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.
Amended by:
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1215 (S.B. 1743), Sec. 20, eff. September 1, 2015.
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