Self Help Resources
Senate Bill 1911 amends Section 51.808 of the Government Code effective September 1, 2017. Procedural fairness remains an important consideration in the fair administration of justice. Senate Bill 1911 requires the clerk of each court of this state to provide a link to self-help legal resources available through the Office of Court Administration and a link to the State Law Library's website.
Texas State Law Library
Legal aid in Municipal Court - Class C Misdemeanor
Representation by an Attorney Article 1.051(a) of the Code of Criminal Procedure guarantees that defendants in a criminal proceeding are entitled to be represented by counsel in an adversarial judicial proceeding. Both Article I, Section 10 of the Texas Constitution, and Article 1.05 of the Code of Criminal Procedure guarantee that defendants have a right to be heard and the right to have their counsel heard.
An indigent defendant has the right to have an attorney appointed by the court in a proceeding that may result in punishment by confinement and in other criminal proceedings if the court concludes that the interests of justice require representation. Art. 1.051(c), C.C.P. Generally, municipal courts have jurisdiction over criminal cases in which jail or prison time is not a possible punishment, except for cases of contempt. Art. 4.14, C.C.P. Therefore, except in contempt hearings, municipal judges do not often provide court-appointed attorneys for indigent defendants.