Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-5521 Page: 4 of 7
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Artiole 2133, et seq., of the Revised Statutes
of 1925, fixing the quEilfications of juror generally throbgh-
out the Stat, and the two articles of the Jury wheel law Just
quoted, all being general laws, must be so construed together
as to give a reasonable effect to al of them if such construc-
tion be possible.
Construing these laws in accordance with the above
referred to rule of construction we do not believe that it
was tht Intent, purpose or effect of the jury wheel law to
render atavailable for jury service in those counties which
easme a er sah law, any sea is sueh counties who had the
qualifications of a Juror prescribed in said Artiole 8133,
et seq. In eonatruing that portion of Article 2094 (as
amended) which provides that the names used for illing the
jury wheel are obtained "fr'om the tax lists in the Tax Assessor's
office for the current year," together with that provision in
Artiole 2095 (as amended), which provides that the designated
officers "shall write the names of all men who are known to be
qualified jurors under the law," on cards which shall be placed
in the wheel," we are inevitably led to the conclusion that it
was the purpose and intent of the Legislature in enacting the
Jury wh4l law to (a) preserve the availability as jurors of
all men in the county qualified for Jury service under the
general law; (b) to abolish, in counties ooming under the pro-
visions of the Jury wheel law, the element of discretion in-
volved in the selection, by jury commissioners of the individual
jurors to make up Jury panels, and to utilize instead the seleo-
tion of jury panels by meehanieal means and (o) to saaotioa by
law the use of the tax lists in the tax assessor's office for
the current year as an aid to ths designated officers in their
performanee of their duty to see that the ftaes of all those
known to be qualified jurors under the law find their way into
the Jury wheel. W* think the law contaeapla*e that the desig-
nated officers should be diligent in their efforts to colleet
and place in the Jury wheel the naes of all nati in the county
having the qualifications of jurors as prescribed by the sta-
tutes of Texas. And always the controlling object to be ef-
froted is the placing in the jury wheel of all the qualified
Jurors in the county.
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-5521, text, 1943; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth262797/m1/4/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.