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The Fifth District Court of Appeals at Dallas was established in 1893 and now has 12 Justices and one Chief Justice. The Honorable Justice Robert M. (Bob) Fillmore currently holds the Place 12 bench but is not running for reelection.

In 1980, a constitutional amendment extended the appellate jurisdiction of the courts of civil appeals to include criminal cases and changed the name of the courts to the “courts of appeals.” Approximately 50% of the cases filed in the Texas courts of appeal are criminal cases.

All totaled, there are 14 courts of appeal in Texas with 80 Appellate Court Justices. The Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas has jurisdiction over appeals in civil and criminal cases from district and county courts  located in Collin, Dallas, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties. The Court hears both civil and criminal appeals.

Each court of appeals has jurisdiction over appeals from the trial courts located in its respective district. The appeals heard in these courts are based upon the “record” (a written transcription of the testimony given, exhibits introduced, and the documents filed in the trial court) and the written and oral arguments of the appellate lawyers. The courts of appeals do not receive testimony or hear witnesses in considering the cases on appeal, but they may hear oral argument on the issues under consideration.

The Fifth District Court of Appeals is located in Dallas in the George L. Allen, Sr. Court's Building (600 Commerce Street, Suite 200, Dallas, Texas 75202).


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