Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes to the Schedules

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission recently published revised editions of 4 local retention schedules concerning juvenile records retention: CC/Records of County Clerks, DC/Records of District Clerks, LC/Records of Lower Courts, and PS/Records of Public Safety (see previous blog post). Below, find a TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) abridged list of the changes. Court…

Revisions to Juvenile Records Series – Effective March 25, 2019

Revisions to Local Schedules CC, DC, LC, and PS, concerning juvenile records will be effective March 25, 2019. The revised schedules are published for adoption in the March 22, 2019 issue of the Texas Register. The new schedules supersedes the older editions. Please note other sections of the schedules have not been revised at this…

Now Accepting Public Comments on Proposed Revisions to Juvenile Records

We are accepting public comment on proposed revisions to Local Schedules CC, DC, LC, and PS, concerning juvenile records. The proposed amendments include revisions necessary to keep the schedule up-to-date with current laws and administrative rules, and to improve retention of public records. Specifically, House Bill 2398, 84th Legislative Session, revised court jurisdiction and procedures…

Change in Law Affecting Retention of Precinct Election Records

Some of you may remember when we published this article, informing local government records management officers of a change to Election Code establishing a 6-month retention period for precinct election records not involving a federal office, while those involving federal offices retained a 22-month retention period. However, S.B. 5, passed during the 85th Legislature, repealed…

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FAQ: What does “obsolete” mean on the retention schedules?

When you read TSLAC’s local government retention schedules (“local schedules”), you may notice the word “obsolete” pops up in lots of different places. Some folks ask us what we mean when we say obsolete. Obsolete generally refers to a record that is no longer active. How your records management program must treat an obsolete record…

Updates to Juvenile Records Laws

Last year, we were invited to participate in the Juvenile Records Advisory Committee (JRAC), a group composed of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, court staff, probation officials, and others who are experts in the field of law, especially focused on juveniles in the court system. Our goal was to rewrite Chapter 58 of Texas Family Code,…