Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals

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The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals is an intermediate appellate court in the state of Oklahoma.Cases are assigned to it by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the state's highest court for civil matters.[1]

The court consists of twelve judges divided into four panels with three judges each.[1] They are responsible for the majority of appellate decisions in Oklahoma.[2] Furthermore, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has the power to release the court's opinions for publication, in which case they have value as precedent.[2]

Two of the court's four panels are housed in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[3] The two Oklahoma City panels are housed in the Oklahoma State Capitol building.

History[edit]

The court was established by provisions in the 1907 Oklahoma Constitution and statutes enacted by the 1908 state legislature.[1] 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.[1]

Selection process[edit]

Appellate judges are appointed by the governor from a list of three candidates nominated by the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission.[4] The commission is composed attorneys selected by the Oklahoma Bar Association and non-attorneys appointed by the governor.[4]

List of current judges[edit]

Justice Birthplace Year Service Began Appointing Governor Law School
E. Bay Mitchell, III
Enid, Oklahoma
2002
Frank Keating
University of Oklahoma
Jane Wiseman
Tulsa, Oklahoma
2005
Brad Henry
University of Tulsa
Deborah B. Barnes (vice chief judge)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2008
Brad Henry
Oklahoma City University
Robert D. Bell
Norman, Oklahoma
2005
Brad Henry
University of Tulsa
Kenneth L. Buettner
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1996
Frank Keating
Southern Methodist University
John Fischer
Rush Springs, Oklahoma
2007
Brad Henry
University of Oklahoma
Brian Jack Goree II
Lindsay, Oklahoma
Mary Fallin
University of Oklahoma
Jerry Goodman
Mangum, Oklahoma
1994
David Walters
Georgetown University
Thomas Thornbrugh
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mary Fallin
Oklahoma City University
William C. Hetherington, Jr.
Norman, Oklahoma
2009
Brad Henry
Oklahoma City University
Larry E. Joplin
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1994
David Walters
University of Oklahoma
W. Keith Rapp
Wheelersburg, Ohio
1984
George Nigh
University of Tulsa

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Stephens, Jerry E., Judiciary," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed June 23, 2010).
  2. ^ a b Oklahoma Bar Association, "Judges and Courts" (accessed June 23, 2010).
  3. ^ Oklahoma Supreme Court Network, "The Supreme Court of Oklahoma," p. 3 (accessed June 23, 2010).
  4. ^ a b Oklahoma Supreme Court Network, "The Supreme Court of Oklahoma," p. 5 (accessed June 23, 2010).

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