Job descriptionThe nine-member Texas Court of Appeals is the highest court for criminal (not civil or juvenile) cases in the state. Term is six years.
  • Reviews decisions on criminal cases appealed from lower courts. The court may also decide not to review cases.

  • Reviews appeals cases that involve sentencing for capital punishment or the denial of bail.

Note: criminal law deals with behavior that is an offense against the public, society, or the state—even if the victim is an individual. Examples include murder, assault, kidnapping, arson, and drunken driving.
Annual salary$168,000-$201,600