Tribpedia: Texas Supreme Court

The Texas Supreme Court is the highest appellate court for civil litigation in Texas. Located in Austin, the panel consists of a chief justice and eight justices who are elected statewide to staggered six-year terms. The governor also has the authority to appoint justices temporarily to fill vacancies. Appointed justices, who must be confirmed by the Texas Senate, may serve ...

Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht delivered a State of the Judiciary speech to the Texas Legislature on Feb. 18, 2015.
Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht delivered a State of the Judiciary speech to the Texas Legislature on Feb. 18, 2015.

Texas Chief Justice Presses Lawmakers on Legal Aid for Veterans

UPDATED: Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to continue their support for legal aid to the poor and military veterans and to complete unfinished work on student truancy reform.

 

Rep. John Otto R-Dayton, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, during Tribune Conversation event on February 12th, 2015
Rep. John Otto R-Dayton, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, during Tribune Conversation event on February 12th, 2015

Otto Touts Plan to Simplify School Finance System

The House’s chief budget writer on Thursday praised a proposal to overhaul the school finance system by grouping the state’s 1,026 regular school districts into a few "school finance districts" — a tax move aimed at equalizing per-student funding statewide. 

 

 

Texas Supreme Court justices listen to the State of the Judiciary speech on February 23, 2011.
Texas Supreme Court justices listen to the State of the Judiciary speech on February 23, 2011.

High Court Sends Rollover Case Back to Appellate Court

It’s been a decade since the lead juror in a rollover case against Ford Motor Co. sent a note to a judge that prompted Ford to settle the case for $3 million. On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court sent the case back to an appellate court to determine whether a trial jury that deemed that settlement invalid because of fraud had enough evidence to do it.

Bidness as Usual: Supreme Court
Bidness as Usual: Supreme Court

Donations to Judicial Campaigns Spur Ethics Worries

Texas Supreme Court justices are elected by voters, and the large campaign contributions they receive from law firms with an interest in their decisions have sparked concerns that justice is for sale. Justices say they never let money affect their rulings. And defenders of the current system say any other method of selecting judges would be far worse.

Terry's Texas Rangers Monument at the Texas Capitol.
Terry's Texas Rangers Monument at the Texas Capitol.

Sons of Confederate Veterans Seek to Remove Plaque

Reigniting the flames of a years-long battle over plaques at the Texas Supreme Court building, the Sons of Confederate Veterans has filed a motion to remove a marker that the historical group says inadequately honors the Confederacy.

The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.
The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.

Perry Shuffles the Deck

Texas Weekly

As he enters the last regular session of this term as governor, Rick Perry opts for a trusted supporter in a top political job and a respected agency manager to run his own office.

New Forms Allow Couples to Divorce Without Attorney

A Texas Supreme Court decision approving standardized divorce forms will give poor people easier access to divorce than ever before. But opponents of the forms worry that without a lawyer's help, the process could go wrong and lead to even more hassles for couples.