The Laws of Texas, 1927 [Volume 25] Page: 72 of 1,111
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56 GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS.
COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS-COMMISSION TO AID.
S. B. No. 18.] CHAPTER 40.
An Act to amend Chapter 95 of the General Laws of the State of Texas
passed by the Thirty-ninth Legislature of the State of Texas relating to
a commission in aid of the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas regulating
their powers, duties, appointments, duration of service, compensation and
providing for stenographers, and for filling vacancies occuring thereon,
making it discretionary with the Governor as to whether he may appoint
one or two such members, and declaring an emergency.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. Chapter 95 of the General Laws of the State of
Texas passed by the Thirty-ninth Legislature of 1925, be and
same is hereby amended so that hereafter said Chapter 95 will
read as follows to wit:
SEC. 2. By and with the advice and consent of the Senate
of Texas, the Governor of this State is hereby authorized and
empowered to appoint a commission to be composed of two attorneys
at law, having those qualifications fixed by the laws and
Constitution of this State for the judges of the Court of Criminal
Appeals of Texas, which commission shall be for the aid
and assistance of said court in.disposing of the business before
it; and shall discharge such duties as may be assigned it
by said court. Each of said commissioners shall receive the
same salary now or hereafter paid, and at the same time as do
the judges of said court, and two stenographers for said commissioners
shall be appointed by the court, who shall receive
the same salary paid or to be paid the other stenographers of
said court. Provided it shall not be obligatory on the Governor
to appoint two such members to fill vacancy, if, in his judgment,
the condition of the docket of the court does not require it, but
he may, under his discretion, appoint only one such member.
SEC. 3. Said Commissioners shall hold office for a term of
two years from the date of their appointment, and any vacancy
occurring on said commission may be filled by the Governor for
the unexpired term.
SEC. 4. All opinions of said Commissioners shall be submitted
to the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, and shall receive
the approval of said Court, or a majority of them, before handed
down as opinions of said Court, and when so approved and
handed down, shall have the same weight and legal effect, as if
originally prepared and handed down by said Court of Criminal
Appeals of Texas, and not otherwise.
SEC. 5. The fact that there is now pending in the Court of
Criminal Appeals of Texas, a large number of cases undisposed
of, and the fact that numerous appeals are constantly being
filed in said Court, and a speedy disposition thereof would aid
justice and save expense, and the further fact that the Act of
the Thirty-ninth Legislature of 1925, approved March 19, 1925,
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