Chapter 11: Judicial Branch

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The court that is responsible for formulating the rules of civil procedure is the
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Texas Supreme Court
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The Texas Supreme Court does all the following, except
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fill vacancies in state district courts when they arise
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Which of the following courts lack criminal jurisdiction?
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Texas Supreme Court
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Members of the Supreme court?
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2 of 9 justices are women
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Disputes concerning business contracts, divorce, family matters and personal injury involve
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civil law
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In Texas, nearly all judges are chosen by a
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partisan election
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Approximately one-third of all lawsuits are tried by a (an)
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judge
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The court that requires no qualifications to be a judge is a
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Justice of the Peace
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The most important role in disciplining judges is now played by the
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Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct
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Of the judges of local courts, which must be an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas?
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County court at law judge.
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In a civil jury trial in a state district court, the judge
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applies the law, and the jury finds on the facts.
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How many district courts do we have in the Houston area?
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59
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Which statement regarding the appellate division of the Texas courts is incorrect?
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District courts are appellate when hearing appeals of probate cases.
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A party to a civil case who was dissatisfied with the outcome in the trial court could next proceed to a court with
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appellate jurisdiction
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State district courts have civil jurisdiction in all the following instances, except
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municipal ordinances.
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Texas courts that have exclusive original jurisdiction over slander are
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state district courts
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Justices of the peace in Texas have jurisdiction over all the following, except
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divorces
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A court that hears and decides cases tried for the first time has
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original jurisdiction
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Which of the following courts mainly exercises original jurisdiction?
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State district courts
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A court that has specific authority to decide a particular type of case has
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exclusive jurisdiction.
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When a case can be heard by only one court, that court is said to have
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exclusive jurisdiction
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Which of the following courts lacks criminal jurisdiction?
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Texas Supreme Court
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The type of case appealed directly to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is that of a
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capital felony conviction with imposed death sentence.
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To be a practicing attorney in the State of Texas, a lawyer must be
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a member of the State Bar of Texas
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Indictments are prepared in grand jury proceedings if at least _________ members decide that there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.
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nine
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Grand juries in Texas are composed of __________ members.
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twelve
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Petit or trial juries in Texas are composed of __________ members.
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either six or twelve
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Qualifications for serving on a trial jury in Texas include all the following except
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be able to read and write English.

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