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Historical Texas Cases

This legal research guide provides information on both official and unofficial case reporters from throughout Texas's history.

Court of Criminal Appeals

*Notes in this research guide were derived from the resources listed on the Historical Resources page of this guide and The Greenbook: Texas Rules of Form, 14th edition.

Brief History on the Court of Criminal Appeals (formerly the Court of Appeals, 1876-1892)

The Court of Appeals was created by the 1876 Constitution to relieve the Supreme Court of some of its caseload. When it was created, it had appellate jurisdiction in all criminal cases and in civil cases tried by the county courts. However, only the opinions in the criminal cases were officially reported. In 1891, a constitutional amendment removed its civil jurisdiction and renamed it to the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Case Reporters for the Court of Criminal Appeals