The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 47
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Develoment of the Texas judicial System. 47
and shall hold his office for a period of four years, and two associate
justices, who shall be selected by a majority of the justices of the
peace of each county, from among their own body, at the begin-
ning of each and every year, and the justices -so elected shall at-
tend the county courts, or pay a fine to be assessed by the chief
justice not exceeding one hundred dollars."
"Section 6. The several county courts of this Republic shall have
original jurisdiction of all suits and actions for the recovery of
money, founded on any bond, bill promissory note, or other written
contract, covenant or agreement whatsoever, or any open account
where the sum shall exceed one hundred dollars, and shall have
concurrent jurisdiction with the district courts in such suits and
actions: Provided: That no suit relative to the title of land shall
be tried and determined in said court, and generally to do and per-
form all other acts, and exercise all other powers, lawfully pertain-
ing to a county court within this Republic."
"Section 24. The chief justices of the county court shall be
judges of probate for their respective counties, shall take the pro-
bate of wills, grant letters of administration of the estates lof per-
sons deceased, who were inhabitants of or residents in said county,
at the time of their decease, shall appoint guardians to minors,
idiots, and lunatics, and in conjunction with the associate justices,
shall examine and settle the accounts of executors, administrators,
and guardians; and said chief justice shall have full jurisdiction
of all testamentary and other matters appertaining to a probate
court within their respective counties."
In addition 'to the jurisdiction thus conferred, these courts had
supervision and control of the business matters of the county, roads,
etc., such as our county commissioners now have.
The provisions relating to appeals are as follows:
"Section 13. Any party may appeal from any final judgment or
decree of any county court, provided the amount in controversy
shall exceed two hundred dollars, to the district court for said
county, in the same manner and under the same restrictions as
provided in the sixteenth section of 'an act establishing the juris-
diction and powers of the district court,' and the forty-second sec-
tion of the aforesaid act, shall apply equally to the county courts,
so far as is consistent with this act."
"Section 26. Any person may appeal from any decision or de-
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