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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.

Courts of Appeal

*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 Courts of Appeal (formerly the Courts of Civil Appeals, 1892-1981)

Between 1892 and Aug.1981, Texas intermediate appellate courts did not have criminal jurisdiction and were known as the courts of civil appeals.  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.”

Case Reporters for the Courts of Appeal