Article V of the Texas Constitution

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Texas Constitution of 1876

The official title of Article V is "Judicial Department."

The Texas judiciary has two courts of last resort.

The Supreme Court handles civil matters and the Court of Criminal Appeals handles criminal matters.

Oklahoma is the only other state that has two high courts.

Another distinctive feature of the Texas judiciary is that most judges run for office in contested elections.

Efforts to change to another system (e.g., merit selection with retention elections) have always failed.

On Texas Legal Guide, each section of the state constitution has its own page: