Notes (4) - Chapter 25C h ap ter R evi ew Court Structure...

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Chapter 25 C hapter R eview Court Structure Texas is unique in that it has two supreme courts—one for civil cases, which is called the Supreme Court of Texas, and one for criminal cases, which is called the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The nine justices who sit on each court, like all judges in Texas, are elected. This is just another example of popular control over those individuals chosen to govern in Texas. I. How can one describe the large and complex structure of the Texas court system? What is the jurisdiction and authority of each level of court? At the highest level is the Texas Supreme Court for civil matters and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for criminal matters. Both courts have nine justices that are elected to six-year terms. Both courts have appellate jurisdiction. The requirements for office include being a U.S. citizen, being a resi- dent of Texas, being at least thirty-five years of age, and being either a practicing lawyer or having been judge for ten years. You should note that all attorneys are licensed by the Texas Supreme Court and are members of the State Bar of Texas. The fourteen Courts of Appeal are the next level of courts; they also have appellate jurisdiction. The major trial courts are the
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2011 for the course POLI SCI 1040 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at North Texas.

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Notes (4) - Chapter 25C h ap ter R evi ew Court Structure...

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