The Fair Defense Act and the Role of the Magistrate

              

The Fair Defense Act and the Role of the Magistrate

02/13/2015

Published in The Recorder: The Journal of Texas Municipal Courts

The Recorder, Volume 24, Number 2

In 2005, there were a series of articles published in The Recorder describing magistrates' responsibilities under the Fair Defense Act passed in 2001. Since then, the Texas Legislature has met four times and convened once again on January 13. Additionally, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion directly impacting Article 15.17 hearings, as has the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. This article is intended to serve as a refresher and highlight key changes since the last publication.