OTD 1866: resolutions about Texas courts referred to Committee on the Judiciary

On February 11, 1866, the constitutional convention referred several matters concerning the courts to the newly formed Committee on the Judiciary, chaired by future Texas Governor O.R. Roberts of Smith County (pictured below).

By one resolution, the convention instructed the Committee “to take into consideration the present condition of the records, papers, library, and furniture of the Supreme Court, and that they report at the earliest practicable period what action, if any, this Convention should take in the premises.”

In a separate resolution, the convention further instructed the Committee to “take under consideration and report upon the propriety of establishing a separate Criminal Court.”



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