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Poli Sci Exam 2 - The Texas Court System Small Claims Court Justice of the Peace(civil and criminal jurisdiction Municipal Court County Courts

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The Texas Court System Small Claims Court , Justice of the Peace (civil and criminal jurisdiction), Municipal Court County Courts District Courts court of Appeals Texas Supreme Court, Court of criminal appeals County Courts at law A little court room with seating for 6 jurors, not many jury trials though Up $5000 in civil cases Up to $500 criminal fines District Courts 90% of criminals come through the state system Texas is the only state with two Supreme Courts – Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals (test question) The Federal Court System p. 552 Interesting topic – Gun safety/ electoral college Chapter 3- Nature and Scope of Judicial Review Organizational structure of State Court System o Courts of limited jurisdiction o Courts of General Jurisdiction o Intermediate appellate courts o Courts of last resort – the Supreme Court or state Supreme Court (in TX high criminal or Texas supreme – Civil cases). The Federal Judiciary – in book Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court o Original (small) o Appellant (Large) Supreme Court o Composition of the Court – constitution is silent with regards to the amount of members o Article III – How cases reach the Court o Writ of certiorari – a demand that the last court that heard the case deliver up the paper work (most cases reach this way) o Original docket (very few) o Appellate docket (2000 4% accepted) o Miscellaneous docket from prisoners – (8000 .02% accepted – on exam)
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Supreme Court Opinion o Written Opinions Majority Opinions – the courts reason Concurring Opinions Dissenting Opinions – the court is wrong o Per curiam Opinions (on exam) – “on behalf of the court” – where the court actually holds hearings on a case, usually 30 minutes per trial. Its when they think something is important at first and then decide its not Ie – they will never again examine the rule of a school There are certain things the court will not hear Supreme court – how it works o Runs from September through June meeting for 2 weeks and adjourning for 2 weeks o Every Friday they have a conference when they meet they vote on cases heard that week or issue writ of certiorari. They also approve opinions If the chief justice is in the majority on a case, they the chief Justice will write the opinion or ask someone in the majority to write it. If the chief justice is not in the majority, the judge with most seniority will either write the opinion or ask someone else in the Majority to write it. Early in the court year, most of the Friday meetings are about issuing writ of certiorari (they decide to hear the case) Later in the court year, the court hears more and more cases and approves opinions. Toward the end of the court year, they want to get their opinions
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course PSC 2302 taught by Professor Dr.riley during the Spring '08 term at Baylor.

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Poli Sci Exam 2 - The Texas Court System Small Claims Court Justice of the Peace(civil and criminal jurisdiction Municipal Court County Courts

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