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Chapter Exam

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Question 1.
Though federal courts oversee many areas of the law in Texas, over ___% of cases in Texas are governed by state or local law.

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Question 2.
Unlike ordinances, statutes are created by the

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Question 3.
Appeals from municipal courts are heard de novo, meaning they ______ at the higher level.

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Question 4.
County-level courts are appealed directly to

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Question 5.
The chief executive officer of a Texas county is the

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Question 6.
Separation of powers is illustrated in the legislature's ability to ________ state courts.

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Question 7.
In Texas, the courts of last resort resemble the executive in being

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Question 8.
In Texas, the court of last resort for criminal cases is the

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Question 9.
Which of the following is a procedure undertaken before beginning criminal proceedings?

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Question 10.
When a case is reviewed by an appellate court, the latter

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Question 11.
The Texas court of criminal appeals functions much like the supreme court, with the difference that it hears

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Question 12.
Although Hispanics and African Americans make up at least one-third of the population of Texas, they made up only ____ of county court level judges and higher in 1998.

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Question 13.
Holding judicial retention elections would be in keeping with the principle of

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Question 14.
It could be said that under the proposed merit selection system for choosing justices in Texas, voters would see their vote

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Question 15.
Probation is also called

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Question 16.
The plaintiff in criminal cases is always the state.

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Question 17.
Varying levels of jurisdiction-original, appellate, and last resort-can be said to operate as a system of checks and balances.

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Question 18.
Bifurcated, in the context of the Texas judiciary, means split into two at its highest level.

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Question 19.
There are over 800 municipal courts in Texas.

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Question 20.
In the most populous county of Texas-Harris County-about 90% of felony cases are settled by plea bargains.

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Question 21.
The two types of juries are petit or trial juries, and grand juries.

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Question 22.
A defendant is usually charged with a misdemeanor by an information.

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Question 23.
The strict constructionist view of the judiciary has historically prevailed in Texas.

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Question 24.
In accepting $10,000 from an attorney practicing before him, the Texas trial judge in the Pennzoil case was doing nothing illegal.

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Question 25.
The 1988 supreme court elections were particularly important because of the unusually large number of seats being contested.

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