This activity contains 25 questions.
Though federal courts oversee many areas of the law in Texas, over ___% of cases in Texas are governed by state or local law.
Unlike ordinances, statutes are created by the
Appeals from municipal courts are heard de novo, meaning they ______ at the higher level.
will receive a new verdict
will always win
stand little chance of success
are begun afresh
County-level courts are appealed directly to
the supreme court.
the court of criminal appeals.
courts of appeals.
The chief executive officer of a Texas county is the
clerk and recorder.
Separation of powers is illustrated in the legislature's ability to ________ state courts.
add and redefine jurisdiction for
review cases for
set dockets for
hear appeals from
In Texas, the courts of last resort resemble the executive in being
given extensive powers.
In Texas, the court of last resort for criminal cases is the
court of criminal appeals.
statutory probate court.
constitutional county court.
Which of the following is a procedure undertaken before beginning criminal proceedings?
a grand jury
a petit jury
a trial jury
When a case is reviewed by an appellate court, the latter
reviews documents from the former case.
hears evidence again.
tries the case de novo.
takes witness statement.
meets with the attorneys involved.
The Texas court of criminal appeals functions much like the supreme court, with the difference that it hears
only death penalty cases.
the entire case again.
cases involving violations of municipal law.
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.
Holding judicial retention elections would be in keeping with the principle of
one man, one vote.
separation of powers.
It could be said that under the proposed merit selection system for choosing justices in Texas, voters would see their vote
become less powerful.
counted for the first time.
take on more significance.
Probation is also called
The plaintiff in criminal cases is always the state.
Varying levels of jurisdiction-original, appellate, and last resort-can be said to operate as a system of checks and balances.
Bifurcated, in the context of the Texas judiciary, means split into two at its highest level.
There are over 800 municipal courts in Texas.
In the most populous county of Texas-Harris County-about 90% of felony cases are settled by plea bargains.
The two types of juries are petit or trial juries, and grand juries.
A defendant is usually charged with a misdemeanor by an information.
The strict constructionist view of the judiciary has historically prevailed in Texas.
In accepting $10,000 from an attorney practicing before him, the Texas trial judge in the Pennzoil case was doing nothing illegal.
The 1988 supreme court elections were particularly important because of the unusually large number of seats being contested.
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