Texas Health and Safety Code § 81.161. Motion for Order of Protective Custody

(a) A motion for an order of protective custody may be filed only in the court in which an application for a court order for the management of a person with a communicable disease is pending.

(b) The motion may be filed by the municipal, county, or district attorney on behalf of the health authority.  The motion shall be filed by the attorney general at the request of the department.

(c) The motion must state that:

(1) the department or health authority has reason to believe and does believe that the person meets the criteria authorizing the court to order protective custody;  and

(2) the belief is derived from:

(A) the representations of a credible person;

(B) the conduct of the person who is the subject of the motion;  or

(C) the circumstances under which the person is found.

(d) The motion must be accompanied by an affidavit of medical evaluation.

(e) The judge of the court in which the application is pending may designate a magistrate to issue protective custody orders in the judge's absence.

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