FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/27/2015
Representative Murr Appointed to Texas Judicial Council
JUNCTION, TEXAS - On Tuesday, Representative Andrew Murr received an appointment to the Texas Judicial Council. The Texas Judicial Council, created in 1929 as the policy-making body for the state judiciary, studies and reports on the organization and practices of the Judicial Branch of Texas to state government. The appointment was made by the Speaker of the House, Joe Straus. Straus said he appointed Murr because of his experience as an attorney in private practice and as a county judge.
"Representative Murr had a strong first session as a Member of the House," Speaker Straus said. "I am confident that he will do very good work on this Council and provide leadership on improving our judicial system. As an attorney and former county judge, he will bring a valuable perspective to the Council's work."
The Texas Judicial Council studies methods to simplify judicial procedures, expedite court business, and better administer justice across the state. It examines the work of the different statutory courts and submits recommendations for improvement of the system to the Texas Legislature, Governor Abbott and the Supreme Court. The Council receives and considers input from judges, public officials, members of the bar, and private citizens.
Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht said he is looking forward to Murr's input. “Because the work of the Texas Judicial Council is vital to the functioning of the judicial branch, having legislators serving on the Council is critical," said Chief Jutice Hecht. "Representative Murr’s experience as a lawyer and county judge, along with his service in the House of Representatives, will greatly enhance our work. We look forward to his contributions.”
The Texas Judicial Council is composed of six appointed and 16 ex-officio members. Chief Justice Hecht is Chair of the council, while Sharon Keller, Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals, serves as Vice-Chair. The Lieutenant Governor appoints two members of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives appoints one member of the House. Additionally, the Chair of the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence has a seat on the Council. The Chief Justice appoints ten judicial members, two from each level of court. The Governor appoints six citizen members to the Council, three of which are members of the State Bar of Texas and two of which must not be licensed to practice law.