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FEATURED ARTICLE

Texas Constitution of 1876

Summary: Article provides brief introduction to current Texas constitution and links to other pages that contain text of and analysis on each section of state constitution.

The Texas Constitution of 1876 is the fifth since statehood. Framed by the Constitutional Convention of 1875, it was adopted February 15, 1876 by a vote of 136,606 to 56,652.

It originally had 289 sections organized into 17 articles. Over the years, 216 new sections have been added. However, 66 of the original sections and 51 of the added sections have been repealed.

On Texas Legal Guide, the preamble, each article and each section has its own page:

HISTORIC COURTHOUSES

Harris County 1910 Courthouse

Constructed: 1910

Restored: 2011

Location: Houston, Texas

FEATURED QUESTION

example of small courtroom

Yes. In 2013, all Small Claims Courts in Texas were abolished. However, so-called “small claims cases” are now resolved in Justice Court. The Texas Supreme Court has adopted special rules to govern such cases. To review the rules, see Rules of Practice in Justice Courts.

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR

Attorney Matt Wilson

location: Austin, Texas

bar number: 24079588

practice area: foreclosure defense

INTERNET RESOURCES

Attorney Article

Texas Marital Property Law 101

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TEXAS COUNTIES

Administration of the state's judicial system is handled mainly at the county level. Texas has 254 counties. Texas Legal Guide has a separate page for each county that provides useful local information. Links for the five most populous counties appear below along with a link that provides access to all county pages.

Harris County iconHarris
County
Dallas County iconDallas
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Tarrant County iconTarrant
County
Bexar County iconBexar
County
Travis County iconTravis
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