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The Texas Supreme Court is the court of last resort for non-criminal matters (including juvenile delinquency which the law considers to be a civil matter and not criminal) in the state of Texasmarker. A different court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appealsmarker, is the court of last resort for criminal matters.

The Court is composed of a Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. The Court meets in Austin, Texasmarker in a building located on the state Capitol grounds, behind the Texas capitolmarker.

Regulation of the legal profession in Texas

By statute, the Texas Supreme Court has administrative control over the State Bar of Texas, an agency of the judiciary. The Texas Supreme Court has the sole authority to license attorneys in Texas, and also appoints the members of the Board of Law Examiners which, under instructions of the Supreme Court, administers the Texas bar examination.

Justices of the Court

The Court has a Chief Justice and eight associate justices. Each member of the Court must be at least 35 years of age, a citizen of Texas, licensed to practice law in Texas, and must have practiced law (or have been a lawyer and a judge of a court of record together) for at least ten years. The Clerk of the Court is appointed by the Justices and serves a four year term.

Election of members of the Court

The Chief Justice and the associate justices are elected to staggered six-year terms in state-wide partisan elections. When a vacancy arises the Governor of Texas may appoint Justices, subject to Senate confirmation, to serve out the remainder of an unexpired term until the next general election. , five of the current Justices, a majority, were originally appointed by Governor Rick Perry. The current Justices, like all the Judges of the Texas Court of Criminal Appealsmarker, are all Republican.

The place numbers have no special meaning as all justices are elected state-wide, except that the Chief Justice position is considered "Place 1".

Current Justices

Justice Party Affiliation Place Date Service Began Term Ends
Wallace B.
Jefferson
Republican
Chief Justice
April 18, 2001
2014
Don R.
Willett
Republican
2
August 24, 2005
2012
Harriet O'Neill
Republican
3
January 1, 1999
2010
David M.
Medina
Republican
4
November 10, 2004
2012
Paul W.
Green
Republican
5
January 1, 2005
2010
Nathan Hecht
Republican
6
January 1, 1989
2012
Dale Wainwright
Republican
7
January 1, 2003
2014
Phil Johnson
Republican
8
April 11, 2005
2014
Eva Guzman
Republican
9
October 8, 2009
2010


History of membership of the Court

Succession of seats





















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