Texas Judicial Council Releases Pretrial Study and Bail Reform Legislation - Updated
March 27, 2017
On Thursday, March 9, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller, Sen. John Whitmire, Rep. Andrew Murr, and Dottie Carmichael, Public Policy Research Institute announced the release of their combined efforts for Pretrial Study and Bail Reform Legislation. The report Liberty and Justice: Pretrial Practices in Texas, its technical appendix, and summary and conclusions are posted on the Studies & Special Reports page of the Judicial Branch website.
Texas' two highest courts, the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, spearheaded the Beyond the Bench: Law, Justice, and Communities Summit on December 14, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. The Summit brought together Texas judges, law-enforcement officers, and national, state, and community leaders with the objective of strengthening trust and confidence in our justice system.
Former Chief Justice Jack Pope, 1913-2017
February 28, 2017
Retired Texas Chief Justice Jack Pope, who helped establish formal judicial education for Texas judges, fought for a voluntary judicial-ethics code when judges had none and fought again to make that code mandatory and enforceable, died Saturday at 103. He served Texas for 39 years as a district court judge, court of appeals justice and on the Supreme Court, the last two as chief justice.