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   Waller Collie, Richard Geiger (Chair-
man,  New   Laws  and Constitutional
Amendments  Committee  for 1977) and
I met with Dallas County Commission
ers David Pickett, Roy Orr and  Jim
Jackson, together with First Assistant
District Attorney Doug Mulder, Judge
R. T. Scales, Judge Bob Stinson, and
Alex Bickley, C. A. Tatum, and Percy
Goyne, representing the Citizens' Coun-
cil, to discuss the need for new courts
for Dallas County.
   Last year, the DBA Board of Direc-
tors after much study by our appro-
priate committees adopted a legislative
program recommending  14 new courts
to handle  the increased litigation in
Dallas County.
   Waller Collie outlined at this meet-
ing the reasons why additional courts
were  needed.  Doug  Mulder,  Judge
Scales, Judge Stinson, Richard Geiger
and  Alex  Bickley added  their own
thoughts and reasons. Cost of funding
the courts was discussed, as well as
space for the courtrooms.
   It was tentatively agreed subject to
obtaining additional information, that
all parties and organizations present
would attempt to have the Legislature
create the following courts:
   Effective September, 1977: two (2)
Domestic  Relations Courts, one (1)
County  Court at Law, two (2) County
Criminal Courts, one(1) Juvenile Court,
and  the creation of two  (2) special
Criminal District Courts, hopefully to
be  funded by  LEAA.   These special
courts were added  at the request of
Doug  Mulder.
   Effective September of 1978: one
 (1) Domestic Relations Court, one (1)
 County Court at Law, one (1) County
 Criminal Court, one (1) Juvenile Court,
 and one (1) Criminal District Court.


JANUARY   24, 1977

   Effective September of 1979: one
(1) Domestic Relations Court, one (1)
County  Criminal Court, and one (1)
Criminal District Court.
   If the current Legislature will create
all the courts but delay the effective
date for some, there will be time to
properly plan for future needs of the
judiciary in Dallas County.

   During this same meeting, there was
a discussion of the need for a County
Bond  Election to include funds for ad-
ditional courthouse and jail facilities.
Commissioner David Pickett asked me
what the DBA's position would be on
such an election and if the DBA would
actively support such a bond election.
   I responded that there had  been
some  discussion of the possible bond
election by members of the Board of
Directors and that I felt if the DBA was
allowed to input into the manner and
means  for expenditure of the funds, I
was sure the DBA would  actively sup-
port such a bond election. My feeling is
that the courthouse is where most DBA
members  go while working in behalf of
their clients. We have our own ideas as
to needs of the courts. We have our
own  ideas as to the number of courts
that are needed. We have our own ideas
as to how certain aspects of the court-
house  should be utilized. So, if the
Commissioners  Court will allow the
DBA,  through its various committees,
officers and directors, to input about
the  future facilities, then, the DBA
should be willing to publicly support
that which we had a constructive part
in planning.

(Continued on Page 5)

President's Report



                         NUMBER   1

   This new, expanded  newsletter of
the Dallas Bar Association will be pub-
lished once a month. The regular news-
letter will be published every other
week, except the week  that the DB
HEADNOTES is published.
   There are several reasons for this
expanded  newsletter and briefly, they
are as follows:
   (1) Since a majority of the activities
of the Dallas Bar Association now focus
on  Continuing Legal Education, the
DB  HEADNOTES can contribute to
such CLE  with articles of interest to
DBA  members  that can be retained for
reference. It is hoped that a convenient
binder will be available.
   (2) With over 3,000 members, there
is a need for more and better commu-
nication between all facets of the DBA,
its people and committees.
   (3)  Legal articles and better com-
munication of what the DBA  is doing
fits into my  concept that the DBA
should furnish as  many  benefits as
possible to the members.
   (4)   There are so  many  related
organizations overlapping with DBA
membership,  I felt that DBA members
would  benefit by knowing what  was
going on  with  and  by these other
related organizations.
   This first issue was put together
quite rapidly and there will be some
slight changes in the format as we learn
from our experience of this and future
   If any of you  have any  ideas or
suggestions to improve the DB HEAD-
NOTES,  please let me hear from you.
           Phil Burleson
           President, DBA

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