About the 5th District Court of Appeals

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT APPELLATE COURTS IN TEXAS

If you have an appeal in a family, criminal or civil matter in Dallas, Collin, Kaufman, Rockwall, Grayson or Hunt counties, this is the court that handles these cases. This is one of the most important appellate courts in Texas. The court has 12 justices and a chief justice that work in panels, and sometime as a whole, to uphold or reverse decisions made at the trial level. Ideal justices have extensive legal knowledge and trial experience, as does Judge Craig Smith. Before 2018, the court was entirely Republican. In 2018, eight Democrats were elected to this court.