For the first time ever, the Texas Supreme Court will hear cases in the Rio Grande Valley during an October visit.
The Court will hear cases at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Oct. 3 in the Student Union Theater at The University of Texas-Pan American. The sessions are open to the public.
The Texas Supreme Court handles criminal and civil cases. Justices will hear two local civil cases. Each case is expected to be about 50 minutes long, with a 10-minute break between cases.
The Supreme Court of Texas is composed of a Chief Justice and eight justices. It has statewide, final appellate jurisdiction in all civil and juvenile cases. Most of the cases heard by this court are appeals from an appellate ruling by one of the intermediate Courts of Appeals.
The current Chief Justice is Thomas R. Phillips, who has served in that role since 1988. The other justices are Wallace Jefferson, Harriet O'Neill, Deborah G. Hankinson, James A. Baker, Priscilla R. Owen, Craig T. Enoch, Nathan L. Hecht and Xavier Rodriguez. Rodriguez was appointed in late August by Gov. Rick Perry.