Texas Code of Criminal Procedure - Article 21.02. Requisites Of An Indictment
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Art. 21.02.    REQUISITES OF AN
INDICTMENT. An indictment shall be deemed sufficient if it has the
1. It shall commence, "In the name and by authority of The
State of Texas".
2. It must appear that the same was presented in the district
court of the county where the grand jury is in session.
3. It must appear to be the act of a grand jury of the proper
4. It must contain the name of the accused, or state that his
name is unknown and give a reasonably accurate description of him.
5. It must show that the place where the offense was committed
is within the jurisdiction of the court in which the indictment is
6. The time mentioned must be some date anterior to the
presentment of the indictment, and not so remote that the
prosecution of the offense is barred by limitation.
7. The offense must be set forth in plain and intelligible
8. The indictment must conclude, "Against the peace and
dignity of the State".
9. It shall be signed officially by the foreman of the grand
Acts 1965, 59th Leg., p. 317, ch. 722, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1966.
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