Wednesday, September 17, 2008

1:00 p.m.

Texas Tech University School of Law






Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence was held on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, in the Texas Tech University School of Law.







Senator Jeff Wentworth

Senator Robert Duncan

Senator Kirk Watson


Senator Juan Hinojosa

Senator John Carona

Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr.

Senator Chris Harris




The chair called the meeting to order at 1:02 p.m. The following business was transacted:


The Chair called roll.


Walter Huffman, Dean of Texas Tech University School of Law, gave opening remarks.


The Chair laid out Interim Charge Five: Study practices intended to enhance the jury experience

and increase jury participation, including:


         allowing jurors to ask questions of witnesses by submitting them to the judge in writing;

         allowing lawyers to periodically summarize testimony for the jury;

         allowing jurors to take notes during trial; and

         allowing jurors to discuss evidence among themselves during trial.


Witnesses are shown on the attached list.


The Chair announced that the final interim meeting will be held on October 1st in Austin, Texas. The Committee will discuss possible recommendations for the interim charges.


There being no further business, at 3:22 p.m. Senator Watson moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the Chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.







Senator Jeff Wentworth, Chair




Stephanie Hoover, Clerk