H.B. No. 1179

relating to the authority of an associate judge in certain family law cases. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Sections 201.007(a) and (c), Family Code, are amended to read as follows: (a) Except as limited by an order of referral, an associate judge may: (1) conduct a hearing; (2) hear evidence; (3) compel production of relevant evidence; (4) rule on the admissibility of evidence; (5) issue a summons for the appearance of witnesses; (6) examine a witness; (7) swear a witness for a hearing; (8) make findings of fact on evidence; (9) formulate conclusions of law; (10) recommend an order to be rendered in a case; (11) regulate all proceedings in a hearing before the associate judge; (12) order the attachment of a witness or party who fails to obey a subpoena; (13) order the detention of a witness or party found guilty of contempt, pending approval by the referring court as provided by Section 201.013; (14) render and sign: (A) a final order agreed to in writing as to both form and substance by all parties; [or] (B) a final default order; or (C) a temporary order; and (15) take action as necessary and proper for the efficient performance of the associate judge's duties. (c) An agreed order, [or] a default order, or a temporary order rendered and signed by an associate judge under Subsection (a) constitutes an order of the referring court. SECTION 2. The change in law made by this Act applies to a proceeding under Title 1, 4, or 5, Family Code, pending before a trial court on, or filed on or after, the effective date of this Act. SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005. ______________________________ ______________________________ President of the Senate Speaker of the House I certify that H.B. No. 1179 was passed by the House on April 22, 2005, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House I certify that H.B. No. 1179 was passed by the Senate on May 24, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0. ______________________________ Secretary of the Senate APPROVED: _____________________ Date _____________________ Governor