Creation of 424th Judicial District

 The following are excerpts from Senate Bill 1189 of the 79th Texas Legislature, regular session, creating the 424th Judicial District and affecting the interplay between the 33rd and 424th District Courts.

	SECTION 14.  Section 24.135, Government Code, is amended by 
adding Subsections (c) and (d) to read as follows:
(c) The judge of the 33rd District Court may select jury
commissioners and impanel grand juries in each county. The judge of
the 33rd District Court may alternate the drawing of grand juries
with the judge of any other district court in each county within the
33rd Judicial District and may order grand and petit juries to be
drawn for any term of the court as the judge determines is
necessary, by an order entered in the minutes of the court.
Indictments within each county may be returned to either court
within that county.

(d) The 33rd District Court may hear and determine, in any
county in the district convenient for the court, all preliminary or
interlocutory matters in which a jury may not be demanded, in any
case pending in any county in the district regardless of whether the
case was filed in the county in which the hearing is held. Unless an
objection is filed by a party to the suit, the 33rd District Court
may hear, in any county in the district convenient for the court,
any nonjury case pending in any county in the district, including
divorces, adoptions, default judgments, and matters in which
citation was by publication, regardless of whether the case was
filed in the county in which the hearing is held.

SECTION 15. (a) Effective September 1, 2005, Subchapter C,
Chapter 24, Government Code, is amended by adding Section 24.568 to
read as follows:
Sec. 24.568. 424TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT (BLANCO, BURNET,
LLANO, AND SAN SABA COUNTIES). (a) The 424th Judicial District is
composed of Blanco, Burnet, Llano, and San Saba Counties.

(b) The jurisdiction of the 424th District Court is
concurrent with the jurisdiction of the 33rd District Court.

(c) The 424th District Court has the same terms of court as
the 33rd District Court.

(d) The judge of the 424th District Court may select jury
commissioners and impanel grand juries in each county. The judge of
the 424th District Court may alternate the drawing of grand juries
with the judge of any other district court in each county within the
424th Judicial District and may order grand and petit juries to be
drawn for any term of the court as the judge determines is
necessary, by an order entered in the minutes of the court.
Indictments within each county may be returned to either court
within that county.

(e) The 424th District Court may hear and determine, in any
county in the district convenient for the court, all preliminary or
interlocutory matters in which a jury may not be demanded, in any
case pending in any county in the district regardless of whether the
case was filed in the county in which the hearing is held. Unless an
objection is filed by a party to the suit, the 424th District Court
may hear, in any county in the district convenient for the court,
any nonjury case pending in any county in the district, including
divorces, adoptions, default judgments, and matters in which
citation was by publication, regardless of whether the case was
filed in the county in which the hearing is held.

(b) The 424th Judicial District is created September 1,
2005.
SECTION 16. Subchapter D, Chapter 74, Government Code, is
amended by adding Section 74.097 to read as follows:
Sec. 74.097. LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT JUDGE FOR
BLANCO, BURNET, LLANO, AND SAN SABA COUNTIES. Notwithstanding
Section 74.091(b), the local administrative district judge for
Blanco, Burnet, Llano, and San Saba Counties is selected on the
basis of seniority from the district judges of the 33rd Judicial
District and the 424th Judicial District.
	SECTION 18.  Subsection (b), Section 152.0221, Human 
Resources Code, is amended to read as follows:
(b) The [juvenile court] judge of the 33rd District Court is
the chairman of the board and its chief administrative officer.
SECTION 19. Subsection (b), Section 152.0331, Human
Resources Code, is amended to read as follows:
(b) The [juvenile court] judge of the 33rd District Court is
the chairman of the board and its chief administrative officer.
 
SECTION 21.  Subsection (b), Section 152.1561, Human 
Resources Code, is amended to read as follows:
(b) The [juvenile court] judge of the 33rd District Court is
the chairman of the board and its chief administrative officer.
SECTION 22. Subsection (b), Section 152.2121, Human
Resources Code, is amended to read as follows:
(b) The [juvenile court] judge of the 33rd District Court is
the chairman of the board and its chief administrative officer.
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