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Texas Judicial System

Across
a fee paid to the lawyer in a civil case and which is contingent on winning the case
the highest civil court in Texas; consists of nine justices and has final state appellate authority over civil cases
local trial courts with limited jurisdiction over small claims and very minor criminal misdemeanors
negotiated agreement in a criminal case in which a defendant agrees to plead guilty in return for the state’s agreement to reduce the severity of the criminal charge or prison sentence the defendant is facing.
the presentation of a grievance by the plaintiff in a civil case.
a written statement issued by a grand jury that charges a suspect with a crime and states that a trial is warranted.
the fourteen intermediate-level appellate courts that hear appeals from district and county courts to determine whether the decisions of these lower courts followed legal principles and court procedures.
the major trial courts in Texas, which usually have general jurisdiction over a broad range of civil and criminal cases.
Down
a regulation enacted by a city government.
an election in which voters decide "yes" or "no" regarding whether to keep an incumbent in office
jury that determines whether sufficient evidence is available to justify a trial; grand juries do not rule on the accused’s guilt or innocence.
local trial courts with limited jurisdiction over violations of city ordinances and very minor criminal misdemeanors
the legal standard in criminal cases, which requires the prosecution to prove that a reasonable doubt of innocence does not exist.
a judicial reform under which judges would be nominated by a blue-ribbon committee, would be appointed by the governor, and, after a brief period in office, would run in a retention election
jury that determines whether sufficient evidence is available to justify a trial; grand juries do not rule on the accused’s guilt or innocence.