A court of inquiry is a criminal proceeding authorized by and conducted according to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

When a District Judge, acting in his capacity as magistrate, has probable cause to believe an offense has been committed against the laws of this state, he may request that the presiding Judge of the administrative judicial district appoint another District Judge to commence a Court of Inquiry.

The appointed Judge may summon and examine any witness in relation to the offense in accordance with the procedural rules established and may enlist the aid of the sitting District Attorney.

If it appears from a Court of Inquiry that an offense has been committed, the Judge shall issue a warrant for the arrest of the offender as if the complaint had been made and filed.