Texas County Courts
Courts by county
Since each county is Constitutionally limited to a single county court and judge, the Texas Legislature created statutory county courts at law for the counties with larger populations. Each of the county courts at law was established by an individual statute, and thus vary widely in scope. However, the "jurisdiction of statutorily-created county courts at law is usually concurrent with the jurisdiction of the county and district courts in the county".
In most of Texas the county constitutional court has original jurisdiction over probate matters. In a few counties however, the Legislature has statutorily created probate courts "so that a county court at law will have concurrent jurisdiction over probate matters with the constitutional county court". These are located in 10 out of the state's 15 largest metropolitan areas.
Other county courts
- Dallas County has a County Court of Criminal Appeals
- The counties of Dallas, El Paso and Tarrant each have a county criminal court.
- The counties of Dallas, El Paso, Jefferson and Tarrant each have a criminal district court.
- Texas Courts Online homepage
- Court Structure of Texas pamphlet
- Trial Courts and Jurisdiction by County