Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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The Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee is a standing committee of the Texas House of Representatives.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Texas House of Representatives are assigned half by seniority and half by the Speaker of the House. Representatives select three committees they wish to serve on, and half of a committee's seats are filled in this manner based on seniority. In the case of equal seniority, the Speaker decides the seat. Once half of each committee is selected through this method, the Speaker appoints the rest of the committees.[1] Committees are assigned at the start of each legislative session.[2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] The Speaker is not recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules


The committee shall have nine members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
  • fines and penalties arising under civil laws;
  • civil law, including rights, duties, remedies, and procedures thereunder, and including probate and guardianship matters;
  • civil procedure in the courts of Texas;
  • administrative law and the adjudication of rights by administrative agencies;
  • permission to sue the state;
  • civil law as it relates to familial relationships, including rights, duties, remedies, and procedures thereunder;
  • uniform state laws;
  • creating, changing, or otherwise affecting courts of judicial districts of the state;
  • establishing districts for the election of judicial officers;
  • the State Commission on Judicial Conduct;
  • the Office of the Attorney General, including its organization, powers, functions, and responsibilities;
  • courts and court procedures except where jurisdiction is specifically granted to some other standing committee; and
  • the following state agencies: the Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System, the State Law Library, the Texas Judicial Council, the Guardianship Certification Board, the Office of the Attorney General, the Court Reporters Certification Board, the Board of Law Examiners, the State Bar of Texas, and the State Office of Administrative Hearings.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Members, 2015
Democratic members (4)Republican members (5)
Jessica Farrar, Vice-ChairJohn Smithee, Chair
Ana Hernandez LunaTravis Clardy
Richard RaymondJodie Laubenberg
Senfronia ThompsonMike Schofield
Kenneth Sheets


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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