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Court System Structure II Most judges in Texas are elected for terms of four or six years . The Governor may also appoint an individual to fill an unexpired term in an appellate or district court. A Commissioners Court may appoint an individual to fill an unexpired term in a county court or justice court in the county. With a few exceptions, municipal judges are appointed by the city council, usually for a term   of two years State courts are the final arbiters of state laws and constitutions. Their interpretation of federal law or the U.S. Constitution may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court may
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Unformatted text preview: choose to hear or not to hear such cases. The Constitution provides for a County Court in each of the 254 counties of the State, though all such courts do not exercise judicial functions. It also provides that each county have not less than one, nor more than 16, justices of the peace, with the precincts divided according to population. Most courts hear all types of cases within their jurisdiction. In metropolitan areas, however, the district and statutory county courts tend to specialize in criminal, civil, family law, juvenile, or probate matters....
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