Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals is an intermediate appellate court in the state of Oklahoma, with the Oklahoma Supreme Court as the final court of recourse for civil matters. The Court of Civil Appeals consists of twelve judges in four divisions. The Supreme Court may choose to release the lesser court's opinions for publication, which grants these cases precedent value.
|Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals|
|Method:||Commission-selection, political appointment|
|Judge Bay Mitchell||2002-2018||Division 1||Gov. Francis Keating|
|Judge Keith Rapp||1984-2014|
|Judge Jerry Goodman||1994-2014||Division 4|
|Judge John Fischer||2007-2016|
|Judge Robert D. Bell||2005-2018||Gov. Brad Henry|
|Chief Judge Kenneth Buettner||1996-2018||Gov. Frank Keating|
|Judge Larry Joplin||1994-2016||Division 3|
|Judge Jane Wiseman||2005-2012||Gov. Brad Henry|
|Judge Deborah Barnes||2008-2016||Gov. Brad Henry|
|Judge William Hetherington||2009-2018||Gov. Brad Henry|
|Judge Brian Goree||2012-present||Mary Fallin|
The state created the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals because the Oklahoma Supreme Court had neither the time nor resources to hear all cases brought before it. When a case is brought before it, the Supreme Court may choose to send the case to one of the four division of the Court of Civil Appeals, two located in Tulsa and two in Oklahoma City. Each division of the court has three judges, appointed for life, but must stand for election every six years to retain their positions.
The Court of Civil Appeals is responsible for the majority of appellate decisions. These opinions may be released for publication either by the Court of Civil Appeals or by the Supreme Court. When the opinions are released for publication by the Supreme Court, they have precedential value. The Court of Civil Appeals is made up of four divisions, each composed of three Judges. Two divisions of the Court of Civil Appeals are located in Oklahoma City and two are housed in Tulsa. Two of the three judges may choose to reaffirm, modify, or overturn any ruling of any lower court. However, if the Oklahoma Supreme Court disapproves of the courts ruling, it may review the decision as change it as the Court demeans necessary. Cases are assigned to the Court of Civil Appeals from the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Members of the Court of Civil Appeal are appointed by the current governor of Oklahoma from a list of three names submitted by the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission.