CJCC STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
The Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is the vehicle for criminal justice stakeholders to convene, collaborate, share ideas and solve problems.
All CJCC members are committed to the fair, effective and efficient delivery of justice for all.
The bedrock principle of the justice system is respect – respect for public servants who work in the system, respect for jurors, witnesses, victims, the accused and respect for the challenges, stress and trauma faced by those interacting with the system.
We also carry forward with respect for the taxpayers whose labor funds the justice system and any improvements we champion.
The CJCC was created by the Harris County Commissioners Court in July 2009 as the focal point for efforts to improve the criminal justice system and seek reductions in the jail population. The Council is responsible for policy development and oversight of improvement initiatives for the criminal justice system.
Members include the following elected and appointed officials and appointees:
- District Attorney
- District Clerk
- County Attorney
- Administrative Judge of the District Courts
- Administrative Judge of the Criminal Trial Division of the District Courts
- Administrative Judge of the Statutory County Courts
- Presiding Judge of the County Criminal Courts
- Presiding Judge of the 16 Justice of the Peace Courts
- Constable to represent the 8 Constables
- Two (2) members of Commissioners Court
- Judge of the Juvenile Division of the District Courts
- Mayor of the City of Houston
- Chief Public Defender
- Director of the Community Supervision & Corrections Department
- Executive Director of the Juvenile Probation Department
- Director of Pretrial Services
- Member of the local defense bar