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CS/HB 631: Terms of Courts

GENERAL BILL by Judiciary Committee ; Weinstein

Terms of Courts; Repeals provisions relating to regular terms of Supreme Court & circuit courts; repeals provisions relating to requiring judge to attend first day of each term of circuit court; repeals provisions relating to requirement for judge to state reason for nonattendance, penalty for nonattendance of judge, adjournment of circuit court upon nonattendance of judge, calling all cases on docket at end of each term, regular terms of district courts of appeal, special terms of district courts of appeal, requirement that criminal trials be heard in term of court prior to civil cases, & requirement that persons in custody be arraigned & tried in term of court unless good cause is shown; conforms provisions; allows Supreme Court to set terms of court for Supreme Court, district courts of appeal, & circuit courts; provides that appellate courts may withdraw mandate within 120 days after its issuance.

Effective Date: 1/1/2013
Last Action: 3/9/2012 Senate - Died in Judiciary
Bill Text: PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Judiciary (JU)
  2. Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations (BJA)
  3. Budget (BC)

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
11/10/2011 House • Filed
11/21/2011 House • Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 63
11/30/2011 House • On Committee agenda-- Civil Justice Subcommittee, 12/07/11, 1:00 pm, 404 HOB
12/7/2011 House • Favorable by Civil Justice Subcommittee; YEAS 14 NAYS 0 -HJ 176
• Now in Judiciary Committee -HJ 176
1/10/2012 House • Introduced -HJ 63
1/30/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 02/01/12, 8:30 am, 404 HOB
2/1/2012 House • CS by- Judiciary Committee; YEAS 15 NAYS 0 -HJ 456
2/2/2012 House • Pending review of CS -under Rule 7.19(c)
• CS by Judiciary Committee read 1st time -HJ 447
2/6/2012 House • Placed on Calendar -HJ 525
2/13/2012 House • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/15/12
2/15/2012 House • Read 2nd time -HJ 618
• Amendment(s) adopted (548001) -HJ 619
• Placed on 3rd reading
2/16/2012 House • Read 3rd time -HJ 634
• CS passed as amended; YEAS 117 NAYS 0 -HJ 635
2/22/2012 Senate • In Messages
3/5/2012 Senate • Received -SJ 845
• Referred to Judiciary; Budget Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations; Budget -SJ 845
3/9/2012 Senate • Died in Judiciary