Tribpedia: Texas Supreme Court

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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 ...

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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.

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.

Michelle Gaines, 26, in her bedroom in Palestine, TX, on Sunday, July 22, 2012.
Michelle Gaines, 26, in her bedroom in Palestine, TX, on Sunday, July 22, 2012.

A Tragic Accident and a Continuing Legal Battle

Michelle Gaines is unlikely to ever live on her own after an auto accident. She took legal action over the crash, but an $8 million judgment in her favor was overturned. Her lawyers have alleged a cover-up in the case, an accusation that has been denied by the men she sued. Her lawyers argue that if her appeal isn't heard, it would set a troubling precedent. 

Texas Supreme Court Panel to Consider Divorce Forms

Texas is one of 13 states in the nation that does not have court-approved forms for divorce. Today a Texas Supreme Court advisory committee will consider whether to approve divorce forms. But many family law attorneys argue that forms are insufficient for people who need help navigating the complex legal system.