CheckPoint - Court System Structure II

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Court System Structure II 1 CheckPoint: Court System Structure II CJS / 220
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Court System Structure II 2 Colorado courts structure is a three tiered system whereas Texas court structure is a five tiered system. The Texas court system is much more complex and obtains overlapping court jurisdictions. Colorado court system is much more simplified with a straight forward approach on jurisdiction. Colorado courts source of laws are similar to the Texas courts source of laws. Both rely on State Constitutions, state penal codes, state and local statutes, and local laws. The appellate process is also apparent in both Colorado and Texas courts however, Texas has specific jurisdictional courts of appeals. Colorado Supreme Court is the last resort of appeals in the state hearing criminal and civil cases. Texas Supreme Court is the last resort of appeals for civil and juvenile cases whereas the Courts of Criminal Appeals is the last resort in criminal cases in the State of
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Unformatted text preview: Texas. District Courts in Colorado hear cases of civil, domestic relations, felony criminal appeals, and exclusive juvenile. District Courts in Texas are State Trial Courts that hear cases of general and special jurisdiction. County Level Courts are a separate tier in the Texas system and help alleviate the workload of Texas District Courts hearing cases of limited jurisdiction. The lower courts for both states hear cases ranging from misdemeanor criminal cases such as small amounts of marijuana to city ordinances such as traffic violation. I believe the Colorado courts system is more effective simply due to less complexity. The independent approach of the Texas court system would cause confusing perceptions of laws. Overlapping jurisdiction would add to the confusion of the Texas courts system. One positive of the complex system may be in the ability to manage more case loads....
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