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Tour Tyler, Texas celebrates 64 years of Law Day - May 1, 2022

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Tour Tyler Texas - All Nations TV - M1Y - Empowerment Community Development Corporation by Clarence Edmond Shackelford (c) 2022

On May 1 the United States officially recognizes Law Day. It is meant to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and to recognize its importance to society.

Today is Law Day and since 32 of the 55 framers of the United States Constitution were lawyers today we will cover the Twelfth Court of Appeals which is a three (3) justice court presided over by Chief Justice James T. Worthen of Big Sandy, Justice Brian Hoyle of Tyler, and Justice Greg Neeley of Longview. The Court has jurisdiction of appeals from the trial courts located in a seventeen (17) county district.

The Twelfth Court of Appeals serves the Tyler, Texas area. The court consists of three Justices hearing cases from seventeen counties.

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Otis T. Dunagan - Chief Justice - 1963 - 1978- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Grover Sellers - Associate Justice - 1963 - 1969- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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James H. Moore - Associate Justice - 1963 - 1982- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Connally McKay - Associate Justice - 1969 - 1985- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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James W. Summers - Chief Justice from 1978 - 1989- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Paul S. Colley - Justice from 1982 - 1992- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Bill Bass - Justice from 1985 - 19994- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Charles Holcomb - Justice from 1993 - 1998- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Roby Hadden - Justice - From 1995 - 2000- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Tom B. Ramey, Jr. - Chief Justice from 1989 - 2000- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Louis B. Gohmert, Jr - Chief Justice - July - December 2002- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Leonard E. Davis - Chief Justice - July 2000 - June 2002- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Diane V. DeVasto - Justice- Photo image submitted to M1Y

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Sam Griffith - Justice- Photo image submitted to M1Y

Texas appeals courts were established by an amendment to the Texas Constitution in 1891.

  • The Texas Legislature authorized courts of civil appeals to issue writs of mandamus and all other writs necessary to enforce their jurisdiction in 1892.
  • The Eleventh Court of Appeals was created in 1925 by the Legislature.

Judges serve six-year terms and are elected through partisan elections. Vacancies between elections are filled by the governor, with advice and confirmation by the Senate.

The qualifications to be an appellate judge are:

  • Citizen of the United States and of Texas
  • Between the ages of 35 and 74
  • A practicing lawyer, or lawyer and judge of the court of record together, for at least 10 years

Salaries of elected state judges in Texas are set by the state legislature. As of September 1, 2013, the base salary for an appeals court justice was $154,000. Chief justices made an additional $2,500. Further, appeals court justices had the potential to earn up to an additional $9,000 annually that can be paid by the counties in which they preside for extrajudicial services performed.

The annual state salary for justices on the Courts of Appeals is set at 110 percent of the salary of district judges.

After completing 16 years of service, Texas judges are entitled to monthly longevity pay. The pay is 3.1 percent of their monthly state salary for each year of service credit in the retirement system after the first 16 years.

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