GOV 4.2 - Appellate jurisdiction Except for capital felony...

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GOV4.2 Other traditional duties: Perform marriages Notary public Coroner Salary not fee (Jan 1973) - more than 400 courts Judges elected by people, 4 year term Courts of record Criminal cases - serious misdemeanors (i.e. class A) Punishment Fine $500 - $4000 Jail - up to 1 year Civil cases $200 - $5000 (small claims court) Concurrent jurisdiction – higher county court or lower county court (JP) State District Courts (state trial courts ) Judges elected by people, 4 year term Original jurisdiction Criminal cases Felonies 200 + in theft to murder Punishment: fine, imprisonment, and/or death penalty Civil cases - exceed $200 (concurrent jurisdiction) large claims court Divorce Juvenile cases State Courts of Appeal (State Circuit Courts) Judges have partisan elections - 6 years
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Unformatted text preview: Appellate jurisdiction Except for capital felony cases Highest State Court Two highest courts (only TX & OK) TX State Supreme Court 9 Justices Partisan elections - 6 years Civil Cases Juvenile cases TX Court of Criminal Appeals 9 Judges Partisan elections - 6 years Criminal Cases Selection of Judges in TX - elected Criminal Justice System Rights of the Accused Innocent until proven guilty 4th Amendment Illegal searches & seizures Warrant Issued by a magistrate Based on probable cause Search & Arrest warrants No warrant for public intoxication Suspicion of disorderly conduct Suspicion of restraining order Descriptive Exclusionary Rule - evidence inadmissible in court Good Faith Exception - (US v. Leon - 1984) Mistakenly issues search warrant Evidence can be admissible If police search in good faith...
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