- Drug possession cases are the main source of increased caseloads in criminal court. Murder, drug dealing and DWI cases are all substantially down.
- Jury trials plummeted between 2005 and 2014, accounting for three percent of felony cases, one percent of misdemeanor cases, and a half percent of civil cases.
- Filings at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals declined 17 percent between 2005 and 2014.
- The number of capital murder cases filed in 2014 (383) was down 24 percent since 2010.
- Serious juvenile cases are down 19 percent since 2005. Truancy cases are also down and 2013 reforms eliminated 85 percent of Class C tickets given to students for Education Code violations.
- Seventy one percent of defendants charged with felonies were represented by appointed (indigent) counsel; 52 percent of misdemeanor cases were defended through the indigent defense system.
- Here's an overview of the Texas court system's structure.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Infographics on Texas court system
The Office of Court Administration has been publishing a series of interesting infographics about the Texas court system. Here are several that caught Grits' eye.
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 8:46 AM