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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

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The Court of Criminal Appeals is the highest criminal court in the state, holding the same position in the area of state criminal law that the Supreme Court holds in civil law. The Court of Criminal Appeals has appellate jurisdiction in all criminal cases of whatever grade (i.e., for both felonies and misdemeanors). However, only appeals from state district or county courts are heard by the Court of Criminal Appeals, not appeals from justice courts, mayors’ courts, or other inferior courts, or from county court cases imposing a judgment or fine of less than $100: in these cases, the judgment of the county court is final. The Court of Criminal Appeals also has original jurisdiction to investigate the detention of persons. It has the power to issue the writ of habeas corpus, and other necessary writs under such regulations as may be prescribed by law. A constitutional amendment adopted September 22, 1891, followed by legislation approved April 13, 1892, created the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, thereby abolishing the Court of Appeals (which had been created by the Constitution of 1876).

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals: Case Files

Creator: Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals
Title: Court of Criminal Appeals records
Dates: 1966
Abstract: These records contain the most thorough documentation of the cases heard before the court. They consist of case files containing copies of documents filed with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (indictments, pleas of the defendant, statements of fact, testimony, bills of exception, assignments of error, charges of the court, verdicts and judgments, motions, orders, briefs, sentences, etc.), as well as documents created for or by the Court of Criminal Appeals (motions, briefs, arguments, orders, opinions, etc.), dating from 1892 through 1990.

These records are arranged numerically, roughly chronologically in the order that the cases were filed with the court. Only those cases where records are available electronically are listed below.

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