Misc. Docket No. 15-007 ORDER SETTING HEARING ON STATEWIDE ELECTRONIC FILING IN CRIMINAL CASES ORDER Effective January 1, 2014, to coincide with the Supreme Court of Texas’s order that electronic filing in civil cases be mandatory, this Court ordered that electronic attorney filings in this Court would be mandatory. Having observed the transition to electronic filing in this Court and in civil cases, reviewed and assisted in the work of the Judicial Commission on Information Technology, and passed statewide rules for electronic filing in criminal cases, this Court must now determine whether mandatory electronic filing in criminal cases would be beneficial to parties, the public, and practicing attorneys. To assist the Court in understanding the benefits and drawbacks of mandating electronic filing in criminal cases, the Court has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Courtroom, to begin at 9 a.m. The Court invites the following individuals to share their knowledge and views on these issues: Honorable Rebecca Simmons, Chair, Judicial Committee on Information Technology Shana Lively, 398th District Court Reporter, Hidalgo County Tracy Hopper, Asst. Director, Application Development, District Clerk, Harris County Honorable Sheri Woodfin, District Clerk, Tom Green County Randall Chapman, Texas Legal Services Center Honorable Jeri Yenne, Criminal District Attorney, Brazoria County Honorable Don Adams, Judge, Criminal District Court No. 2, Dallas County Rob Kepple, Executive Director, Texas District and County Attorneys Association Joseph Martinez, Executive Director, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Mark Smith, Vice President, Center for American and International Law Lisa David, Education Director, Texas District Court Alliance Honorable Mark Atkinson, Executive Director, Texas Center for the Judiciary Leah Mullikin, Education Director, Texas Association of Counties Hope Lochridge, Executive Director, Texas Municipal Courts Education Center Roger Rountree, Executive Director, Texas Justice Court Training Center Each speaker is limited to five minutes. The Court may extend this time at its discretion. In the event one of the above-named individuals is unable to attend, that individual may designate an alternate to speak in his or her place. The names of alternates should be submitted to Abel Acosta, Clerk of the Court, no later than April 1, 2016. In addition, the Court asks all invited speakers to submit written comments explaining their position on electronic filing in criminal cases and mandating such electronic filing. Members of the public are invited to submit written comments as well. Please email all written comments to Abel Acosta at email@example.com no later than March 16, 2016. Dated: December 8, 2015. Sharon Keller, Presiding Judge Lawrence E. Meyers, Judge Cheryl Johnson, Judge Michael Keasler, Judge Barbara Hervey, Judge Elsa Alcala, Judge Bert Richardson, Judge Kevin Yeary, Judge David Newell, Judge EMERITUS MCLE EXEMPTION STATUS REMOVED The Supreme Court issued an order dated August 28, 2015, that amends Article XII of the State Bar Rules to remove the MCLE exemption for emeritus attorneys. Beginning June 1, 2016, emeritus members (members who are 70 years of age or older) must comply with MCLE requirements. How will you be affected? Continue reading to find out about compliance years, why the rule changed, and what to do if you are retired. For more information regarding emeritus exemption status, go to texasbar.com/mcle/emeritus. Why was the MCLE exemption for emeritus attorneys removed? The recommendation to remove the MCLE emeritus exemption came from the State Bar Task Force on Aging Lawyer Issues. The MCLE emeritus exemption was removed to ensure that all active practicing attorneys remain current in the law. The recommendation was approved by the State Bar MCLE Committee and then by the State Bar Board of Directors and the Supreme Court of Texas. When does the MCLE requirement for emeritus attorneys become effective? The MCLE requirement applies to compliance years starting on or after June 1, 2016. Previously exempt attorneys may claim credit for CLE completed within 12 months immediately preceding the first compliance year beginning on or after June 1, 2016, provided that these CLE hours have not been used for compliance in a prior year (see chart below). What if I am retired or no longer practice law? Attorneys who no longer practice law may claim MCLE Non-Practicing Status or Inactive Membership Status. To be eligible for either status as an option for MCLE compliance, an attorney must be non-practicing or inactive during the entire MCLE compliance year. Members who practice law at the beginning of a compliance year and later change to inactivate status are not eligible for an exemption but may defer their MCLE requirements. To request Inactive Membership Status, contact the Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 204-2222, ext. 1383. To request MCLE Non-Practicing Status, contact the MCLE Department at email@example.com or (800) 204-2222, ext. 1806. Please refer to the chart below to determine your first MCLE compliance year. CLE credit hours completed between these dates may be used toward your first MCLE requirement of 15 hours, including 3 hours of ethics/professional responsibility.
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