Legislative Session Going Strong
It’s that time again — the time when the Lege meets and changes “everything”, then we all have to run around and figure out how to adjust. Today, SB 445 was voted favorably out of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee. This bill, if made law, would require the Texas Supreme Court to promulgate rules that would allow jurors to ask questions of a witness or to the court and take notes during civil trials. Can you imagine being in the middle of a trial, presenting your evidence, when all of a sudden a juror raises his hand and asks a question? [Lawyers shudder across the state... thinking how do you object to an inappropriate question by a juror!] But, on the other hand, it would give insight to what jurors are interested in and help frame the issues for the trial. Wow!