The Texas Attorney General has issued an AG Opinion in response to the request from the Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney regarding:
Issue (1) Presented: Which entity/individual has the final authority to set the salary of the official court reporter in the County Court at Law in Van Zandt County?
Issue (2) Presented: Which entity/individual has the final authority to determine if an official court reporter position in the County Court at Law will be full-time or part-time position?
AG Opinion GA-0952 Summary Conclusion
The judge of the Van Zandt County Court at Law is authorized to appoint an official court reporter and set the reporter's salary with approval of the Commissioners Court. The judge of the Van Zandt County Court at Law has exclusive authority to control the official court reporter's hours of work. Under section 25.2362(g) of the Government Code, neither the judge of the Van Zandt County Court at Law nor the Commissioners Court has exclusive authority to set the salary of the official court reporter. The Commissioners Court's authority to approve the salary of the County Court at Law court reporter does not include the authority to unilaterally set the reporter's salary. A reviewing court would likely conclude that Van Zandt County is required to provide the official court reporter for the County Court at Law a reasonable salary.
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