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File #: 21-6410    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Position Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/15/2021 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 11/30/2021 Final action:
Title: Request for approval to reclassify and update two part-time Hearing Officer positions to full-time effective December 4, 2021 using $70,626 from the department's existing budget.
Attachments: 1. Combined. 3441s Hearing Officer Positions
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Department: County Courts
Department Head/Elected Official: Ed Wells

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Regular RCA

Type of Request: Position

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Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request for approval to reclassify and update two part-time Hearing Officer positions to full-time effective December 4, 2021 using $70,626 from the department's existing budget.
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Background and Discussion:
All Class B and above arrests in Harris County are processed through the Joint Processing Center (JPC). Detainees are booked and either released or presented to a Criminal Law Hearing Officer for consideration of probable cause and magistration. Dockets run multiple times a day with 24/7 support of operations. Dockets that run long can delay the start of the next docket, can delay review of search warrant requests, and can delay magistration of out of county/state detainees. Converting these two positions to regular employees will provide additional judicial officers to support more timely processing of those arrested and booked through the JPC. In recent years it has become increasingly difficult to find and retain qualified individuals to fill temporary hearing officer positions. OCM will monitor the impacts this change has to the timely start and conclusion of probable cause dockets.

Expected Impact:
These positions will facilitate more timely processing of defendants and cases through the probable cause/magistration and warrant processes at the Joint Processing Center.


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