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 ...

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.

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.

Consumer Group: Supreme Court Favors Businesses

Texas Supreme Court decisions over the last decade have favored corporate interests over consumers, and the panel of Republican judges has a habit of interpreting the law to benefit the rich at the expense of consumers, according to a blistering report being released today by the consumer advocacy group Texas Watch.

Some Family Lawyers Oppose Creating Divorce Forms

For years, Texas couples who were ready for the big D — divorce — but couldn't afford lawyers have had to take their chances with unapproved court documents. The Texas Supreme Court is preparing to help them out by approving a simple divorce form, like most of the other states in the country have. But some family lawyers say it's just not that simple.

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.

Court Hears Challenge to State Business Tax

A successful challenge to the state's primary business tax would throw lawmakers into special session to try to find enough money to pay for public schools, a lawyer for the state told the Texas Supreme Court today.

Former Texas Tech football coach, Mike Leach - September 15, 2011.
Former Texas Tech football coach, Mike Leach - September 15, 2011.

Mike Leach: The TT Interview

The former Texas Tech football coach on his pending lawsuit against the university, how the state's doing at educating student athletes and what happens if the Big 12 falls apart.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett (center with glasses) at the State of the Judiciary speech in the House chamber on February 23, 2011.
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett (center with glasses) at the State of the Judiciary speech in the House chamber on February 23, 2011.

Smith Eyes a Return

Texas Weekly

Austin lawyer and anti-affirmative-action advocate Steven Wayne Smith is planning a return to the Texas Supreme Court.

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.

Day 28: Tort Reform Bill Gives High Court New Powers

Throughout August, the Tribune is featuring 31 ways Texans' lives will change come Sept. 1, the date most bills passed by the Legislature take effect. DAY 28: Under a new tort reform law, the Texas Supreme Court will make rules to expedite lawsuits with claims under $100,000 and to allow judges to dismiss meritless ones early on.

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.

Supreme Court is Elected, but Bears Perry's Stamp

Judges are elected in Texas, but since Gov. Rick Perry took office in 2000, he's picked the winners on the state's highest civil court. To date, only one of Perry's 10 Supreme Court appointees has lost a subsequent election.