The presiding judges of the administrative judicial regions shall maintain a statewide list of competent counsel available for appointment under Section 2(f), Article 11.071 (Procedure in Death Penalty Case), Code of Criminal Procedure, if the office does not accept or is prohibited from accepting an appointment under Section 78.054 (Powers and Duties). Each attorney on the list:
must exhibit proficiency and commitment to providing quality representation to defendants in death penalty cases; and
may not have been found by a state or federal court to have rendered ineffective assistance of counsel during the trial or appeal of a death penalty case.
The Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System and the Texas Indigent Defense Commission shall provide administrative support necessary under this section.Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781 (S.B. 1091), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.Amended by:Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 984 (H.B. 1754), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2011.