House Committee to Focus on Criminal Code

When the House committee appointments came out last week, lawmakers found that there was a new committee, which came as a surprise even to its appointed members. House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, had designated a House Select Committee on Criminal Procedure Reform.

The Code of Criminal Procedure governs criminal law in Texas and includes statutes on arrests, warrants, trials and appeals. First written in 1856, it was revised in its entirety in 1965. Numerous groups, including prosecutors and defense lawyers, agree the code could be better organized, and they say it will be a massive job.

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