- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Experts looking at safety of Texas judges nearly a year after an Austin jurist was shot have suggested removing some personal information of the elected officials from public databases.

After the 2015 incident, members of the Texas Judicial Council panel, a special committee made up of judges and lawmakers, were tasked to make recommendations to the Legislature aimed at keeping judges safe at home and work. The group’s 19-page report was finalized Monday, KVUE-TV and the Austin American-Statesman report.

The report emphasizes the need to create a security director to work with the state’s 254 counties on court safety. Committee authors emphasized that this individual could provide “a centralized resource to learn of best practices in court security.”

Among other recommendations, the committee also calls for specialized training for courthouse security and judges, the creation of local security panels and increases in funding for to improve security measures.

The report doesn’t include an estimated cost for enacting each of its recommendations.

State District Judge Julie Kocurek was shot Nov. 6 as she sat in a car outside her home. She recovered and has returned to work.

Three men have been arrested on allegations that they conspired to have the judge killed.

Several weeks before the attack, authorities received a threat about a person planning to kill a judge, but the threat was deemed unfounded because it didn’t identify the judge by name, according to records obtained by KVUE-TV and the Austin American-Statesman.

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