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  H.B. No. 2330
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the statutory county courts in Wise County.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 25.2511, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 25.2511.  WISE COUNTY. (a) Wise County has the
  following [one] statutory county courts:
               (1)  [court, the] County Court at Law No. 1 of Wise
  County; and
               (2)  County Court at Law No. 2 of Wise County.
         (b)  [The] County Court at Law No. 1 of Wise County sits in
  Decatur or at another location in the county determined by the judge
  of County Court at Law No. 1 of Wise County and approved by the
  commissioners court.
         (c)  County Court at Law No. 2 of Wise County sits in Decatur
  or at another location in the county determined by the judge of
  County Court at Law No. 2 of Wise County and approved by the
  commissioners court.
         SECTION 2.  Section 25.2512(a), Government Code, as amended
  by Chapters 518 (S.B. 1491) and 746 (H.B. 66), Acts of the 72nd
  Legislature, Regular Session, 1991, is reenacted and amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section
  25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Wise County has:
               (1)  concurrent with the county court, the probate
  jurisdiction provided by general law for county courts; and
 
               (2)  concurrent jurisdiction with the district court
  in:
                     (A) [(1)]  eminent domain cases; [and]
                     (B)  civil cases in which the amount in
  controversy exceeds $500, but does not exceed $200,000 [$100,000],
  excluding interest and attorney's fees; and
                     (C) [(2)]  family law cases and proceedings.
         SECTION 3.  Section 25.2512, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (e) and (h) and adding Subsections (j) and (k)
  to read as follows:
         (e)  In addition to the qualifications required by Section
  25.0014, a regular judge of a county court at law must have the
  qualifications of a district judge as required by Section 7,
  Article V, Texas Constitution. A special judge of a county court at
  law with the same qualifications as the regular judge may be
  appointed in the manner provided by law for the appointment of a
  special county judge. A special judge is entitled to the same rate
  of compensation as the regular judge.
         (h)  The laws governing the drawing, selection, service, and
  pay of jurors for county courts apply to a county court at law.
  Jurors regularly impaneled for a week by the district court may, on
  request of the judge of a county court at law, be made available and
  shall serve for the week in a county court at law [Practice in a
  county court at law is that prescribed by law for county courts].
         (j)  The jury in all matters shall be composed of 12 members,
  except that in misdemeanor criminal cases and in any other cases in
  which the amount in controversy is not more than $100,000,
  excluding interest and attorney's fees, the jury shall be composed
  of six members unless the constitution or other law requires a
  12-member jury.
         (k)  A judge of a county court at law and a judge of a
  district court or another county court at law with concurrent
  jurisdiction may transfer cases between the courts in the same
  manner judges of district courts transfer cases under Section
  24.303.
         SECTION 4.  The changes in law made to the qualifications of
  a judge of a statutory county court in Wise County by this Act apply
  only to a judge elected or appointed on or after the effective date
  of this Act. A judge elected or appointed before the effective date
  of this Act is governed by the law as it existed immediately before
  the effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect
  for that purpose.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2330 was passed by the House on April
  26, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 148, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 2330 on May 25, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 141, Nays 0,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2330 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 24, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor