Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
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The court consists of twelve judges divided into four panels with three judges each. They are responsible for the majority of appellate decisions in Oklahoma. Furthermore, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has the power to release the court's opinions for publication, in which case they have value as precedent.
The court was established by provisions in the 1907 Oklahoma Constitution and statutes enacted by the 1908 state legislature. The legislature played a strong role in the management of the judiciary branch until Oklahoma voters amended the constitution in 1967 with the effect of making the courts more independent of the partisan political process.
Appellate judges are appointed by the governor from a list of three candidates nominated by the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission is composed attorneys selected by the Oklahoma Bar Association and non-attorneys appointed by the governor.
List of current judges
- Stephens, Jerry E., Judiciary," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed June 23, 2010).
- Oklahoma Bar Association, "Judges and Courts" (accessed June 23, 2010).
- Oklahoma Supreme Court Network, "The Supreme Court of Oklahoma," p. 3 (accessed June 23, 2010).
- Oklahoma Supreme Court Network, "The Supreme Court of Oklahoma," p. 5 (accessed June 23, 2010).
- Judges of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
- Flowchart of the Oklahoma Court System, showing the jurisdiction of the Court of Civil Appeals