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Unformatted text preview: Texas Courts Patrick Brandt Texas Courts GOVT 2302: American Politics Patrick Brandt Texas Courts Patrick Brandt Texas Courts Patrick Brandt Texas Courts Texas court system is complex Multiple layers of constitutional and statutory courts Court system is bifurcated : two courts of final appeal. Complexity is increased by having overlapping jurisdiction, courts of record and not of record, de novo appeals. Texas Courts Patrick Brandt Texas Court Structure District Courts (409) County Level Courts (457) Municipal Courts (1126) Justice of the Peace Courts (838) Supreme Court (9) Court of Criminal Appeals (9) Court of Appeals (80) Criminal misdemeanors with fines. Municipal ordinances. Cases involving dogs. Civil actions less than $5000 Small Claims Criminal misdemeanors with fines. County Constitutional Courts County Courts at Law Probate Courts Civil cases over $200, divorce, titles, contested elections, contested probate Felony criminal cases. Juvenile cases Intermediate appeals from trial courts in their districts Final appeals on civil and juvenile cases Final appeals on criminal cases De novo appeals jail time fines over $500 and Misdemeanors with Probate cases to $5000 Civil actions from $200 De novo appeals misdemeanors Limited criminal $100,000 Limited civil matters under Probate matters Texas Courts Patrick Brandt Municipal Courts Established by state law Cities determine the method of selecting judges (usually appointment)....
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