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Subtitle F. Court Administration

Contents

Chapter 78. Capital Writs Committee And Office Of Capital Writs

Subchapter A. Capital Writs Committee

Section 78.001.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "Committee" means the capital writs committee established under this subchapter.

(2)  "Office of capital writs" means the office of capital writs established under Subchapter B.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 78.002.  Establishment Of Committee; Duties.

(a) The capital writs committee is established.

(b)  The committee shall recommend to the court of criminal appeals as provided by Section 78.004 a director for the office of capital writs when a vacancy exists for the position of director.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 78.003.  Appointment And Composition Of Committee.

(a) The committee is composed of the following five members who are appointed by the president of the State Bar of Texas, with ratification by the executive committee of the State Bar of Texas:

(1)  three attorneys who are members of the State Bar of Texas and who are not employed as prosecutors or law enforcement officials, all of whom must have criminal defense experience with death penalty proceedings in this state; and

(2)  two state district judges, one of whom serves as presiding judge of an administrative judicial region.

(b)  The committee shall elect one member of the committee to serve as the presiding officer of the committee.

(c)  The committee members serve at the pleasure of the president of the State Bar of Texas, and the committee meets at the call of the presiding officer of the committee.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 78.004.  Recommendation And Appointment Of Director Of Office Of Capital Writs.

(a) The committee shall submit to the court of criminal appeals, in order of the committee's preference, a list of the names of not more than five persons the committee recommends that the court consider in appointing the director of the office of capital writs when a vacancy exists for the position of director.  If the committee finds that three or more persons under the committee's consideration are qualified to serve as the director of the office of capital writs, the committee must include at least three names in the list submitted under this subsection.

(b)  Each person recommended to the court of criminal appeals by the committee under Subsection (a):

(1)  must exhibit proficiency and commitment to providing quality representation to defendants in death penalty cases, as described by the Guidelines and Standards for Texas Capital Counsel, as published by the State Bar of Texas; and

(2)  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.

(c)  When a vacancy for the position exists, the court of criminal appeals shall appoint from the list of persons submitted to the court under Subsection (a) the director of the office of capital writs.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Subchapter B. Office Of Capital Writs

Section 78.051.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "Committee" means the capital writs committee established under Subchapter A.

(2)  "Office" means the office of capital writs established under this subchapter.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 78.052.  Establishment; Funding.

(a) The office of capital writs is established and operates under the direction and supervision of the director of the office.

(b)  The office shall receive funds for personnel costs and expenses:

(1)  as specified in the General Appropriations Act; and

(2)  from the fair defense account under Section 71.058, in an amount sufficient to cover personnel costs and expenses not covered by appropriations described by Subdivision (1).

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 78.053.  Director; Staff.

(a) The court of criminal appeals shall appoint a director to direct and supervise the operation of the office.  The director serves a four-year term and continues to serve until a successor has been appointed and qualified.  The court of criminal appeals may remove the director only for good cause.  The director may be reappointed for a second or subsequent term.

(b)  The director shall employ attorneys and employ or retain licensed investigators and other personnel necessary to perform the duties of the office.  To be employed by the director, an attorney 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.

(c)  The director and any attorney employed by the office may not:

(1)  engage in the private practice of criminal law; or

(2)  accept anything of value not authorized by law for services rendered under this subchapter.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 78.054.  Powers And Duties.

(a) The office may not accept an appointment under Article 11.071, 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, Code of Criminal Procedure;

(2)  is collateral to the preparation of an application under Article 11.071, Code of Criminal Procedure; or

(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 or Chapter 64, Code of Criminal Procedure.

(c)  Notwithstanding Article 26.04(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.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 78.055.  Compensation Of Other Appointed Attorneys.

If it is necessary that an attorney other than an attorney employed by the office be appointed, that attorney shall be compensated as provided by Articles 11.071 and 26.05, Code of Criminal Procedure.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 78.056.  Appointment List. (a

) 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, Code of Criminal Procedure, if the office does not accept or is prohibited from accepting an appointment under Section 78.054.  Each attorney on the list:

(1)  must exhibit proficiency and commitment to providing quality representation to defendants in death penalty cases; and

(2)  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.

(b)  The Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System and the Task Force on Indigent Defense shall provide administrative support necessary under this section.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 781, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.


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