The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 12
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
justices had disqualified themselves because of their connection
with the fraternal organization. On the day on which the appli-
cation for writ of error was to be considered Judge C. M. Cure-
ton, who was chief justice of the court at that time, explained
to the special justices the rules of court procedure for consider-
ing the application. He gave Mrs. Ward, who was to act as chief
justice, three rubber stamps with which to indicate their ruling.
One stamp indicated that the application was refused because the
court had determined that the case was properly decided, another
that there were no grounds for jurisdiction, and the third indi-
cated that the application was granted.29 The third stamp was
used, and the oral argument of the case was heard on January
30, 1925. Each of the justices wrote an opinion affirming the
A turning point in the administration of civil courts in Texas
occurred in 1927 when the legislature divided the state into nine
administrative judicial districts. One of the district judges in
each of these nine districts is designated presiding judge and
made responsible for calling an annual conference of district
judges within his administrative district. At these conferences
each judge reports on the disposition of cases and the number
of cases pending in his court. The presiding judge has the power
to assign a judge within his district to the task of clearing a
docket when too many cases are pending before one court or to
transfer temporarily one district judge to another district in
which the regular judge is absent, disabled, or disqualified.0
In 1929 the Advisory Civil Judicial Council was created by
legislative act for the purpose of gathering judicial statistics,
studying the civil judicial system, and recommending improve-
ments. Each year the council makes a complete detailed report
of its findings to the governor and to the Supreme Court. Until
1940, no Supreme Court justice had served actively on the coun-
cil, but in that year William F Moore, the chief justice, accepted
membership. Currently the council is composed of the chief
justice, two justices designated by the governor from the Courts
of Civil Appeals, two presiding judges of the administrative ju-
29Dallas Morning News, January 9, 1925.
8oStuart A. MacCorkle and Dick Smith, Texas Government (New York, 1949),
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