Texas Judicial Advisory Council:
An Inventory of Judicial Advisory Council Meeting Files at the Texas State Archives, 1990-2005
The Texas Judicial Advisory Council was established in 1989 upon the creation of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) (House Bill 2335, 71st Legislature, Regular Session, chapter 785, §1.12). The council advises the director of the Community Justice Assistance Division of TDCJ and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on matters of interest to the judiciary, specifically including all matters affecting the administration of Community Supervision and Corrections Departments. The Community Justice Assistance Division, previously the Texas Adult Probation Commission, oversees local Community Supervision and Corrections Departments by setting minimum standards for their programs, facilities, and services as well as certifying and funding their works.
The chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court and the presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals each appoint six members to the Judicial Advisory Council. Until 1993, members served at the will of the appointing judge. Currently, members serve staggered six-year terms with the terms of four of the members expiring on September 1 of each odd-numbered year. The chief justice and the presiding judge jointly appoint the council's chair. The council itself elects the vice-chair and secretary from its membership. The Judicial Advisory Council supervises five committees, each chaired by a member of the council: Field Services, Internal Operation, Legislative, Program Services, and Special Recognition.
The Texas Judicial Advisory Council advises the director of the Community Justice Assistance Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice on matters of interest to the judiciary. These files contain the minutes of the Texas Judicial Advisory Council as well as committee reports, financial reports, and documents to accompany speakers' lectures that were presented to the council at its meetings, 1990-2005. During its meetings, the Judicial Advisory Council discusses the affairs of local Community Supervision and Corrections Departments; hears and ponders presentations on state programs relevant to its own responsibilities; plans legislative agendas; comments on issues concerning the treatment of prisoners, parolees, and probationers; and passes motions and resolutions supporting activities or recommending actions for TDCJ. The council routinely receives reports from its own five committees as well as the director of the Community Justice Assistance Division. It frequently hears accounts from other TDCJ bodies, especially the State Jail Division, the Programs and Services Division, the Parole Division, the Fiscal Issues Committee, and the Probation Advisory Committee. The Judicial Advisory Council also often receives reports from the Sam Houston State University Correctional Management Institute of Texas.
The Judicial Advisory Council's bylaws are filed with the minutes of its January 1990 meeting.
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(Identify the item), Texas Judicial Advisory Council meeting files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession numbers: 1998/156, 1999/042, 2000/032, 2001/054, 2002/125, 2003/034, 2003/134, 2004/077, 2005/114, 2006/003
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Judicial Advisory Council on June 8 and October 30, 1998; September 29, 1999; October 31, 2000; April 11, 2002; March 18, 2003; January 5, 2004; and February 25 and September 7, 2005; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on October 18, 2002.
Hans Rasmussen, January 2001
Laura K. Saegert, October 2002, September 2004, October 2006
Minutes and meeting files are sent to the Texas State Archives two to three times a year.
The Judiciary Advisory Council maintains the original minutes.
Detailed Description of the Records