The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (“CCA”) is the court of last resort in Texas for criminal matters. It is comprised of nine judges including a presiding judge. The CCA is the sister court of the Texas Supreme Court, which is the court of last resort for civil and juvenile matters.
In Texas, criminals cases that are appealed from a trial court typically go to one of fourteen courts of appeals. If a criminal case is appealed from a court of appeals, the CCA, as a court of discretionary review, chooses whether or not to review the decision of the court of appeals. Death penalty cases, however, are appealed directly to the CCA from the trial courts and must be reviewed by the CCA. The CCA also has sole authority to grant habeas corpus petitions where the defendant’s felony conviction is final.
According to the CCA’s website, the CCA typically disposes of more matters each year than any other appellate court in the country.
Decisions made by the CCA become the law that all other Texas courts must follow in criminal matters, and therefore have a wide-ranging impact on Texas jurisprudence. It is critical that your CCA Judges be constitutional conservatives – judges that ensure legislation strictly complies with the U.S. and Texas constitutions and judges that strictly interpret the laws enacted by our Texas Legislature. Your CCA judges should never legislate from the bench.
Judge Slaughter has a proven track record of being a constitutional conservative judge that is tough but fair. And she will continue that track record as your Judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8.