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13th Court of Appeals scheduled to hear oral arguments in Victoria

By Gheni_Platenburg
June 4, 2012 at 1:04 a.m.
Updated June 5, 2012 at 1:05 a.m.



• WHAT: Oral arguments heard before the 13th Court of Appeals

• WHEN: 9 a.m. Thursday

• WHERE: The Victoria County Courthouse, 115 Bridge St.

Cases to be heard:

Cases to be heard: 9 a.m. C Before Chief Justice Valdez, Justices Garza and Vela • James Baldwin v. the State of Texas, Victoria

• Christopher Arthey and Denise Arthey v. Schlumberger, LTD. d/b/a Schlumberger Information Systems and Schlumberger Technology Corp. Refugio

• Allen Lee Hardaway v. the State of Texas, Victoria

9 a.m. - Before Justices Rodriguez, Benavides and Perkes• Mandi Jai Balderas, aka Mandi Jai Zapata, v. the State of Texas, Wharton

• Robert Zissa Jr. v. Euton's Harley-Davidson, Inc., et al. Victoria


Justices• Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez

• Justice Nelda V. Rodriguez

• Justice Dori Contreras Garza

• Justice Gina M. Benavides

• Justice Rose Vela

• Justice Gregory T. Perkes

For more information on the justices, log on to the 13th Court of Appeals website.


COURT INFOThe 13th Court of Appeals consists of six justices who hear cases from a 20-county area.

The 13th Court of Appeals was created in 1963 by amendment to Article 1817, V.T.C.S., pursuant to authority granted by Article 5, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution. The court is composed of a Chief Justice and five justices. This court has intermediate appellate jurisdiction in both civil and criminal cases appealed from lower courts; in civil cases where the judgment exceeds $100, exclusive of costs, and in criminal cases except in post-conviction writs of habeas corpus and where the death penalty has been imposed. The 13th Court of Appeals maintains offices in Corpus Christi and Edinburg.

The 13th Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in five cases at the Victoria County Courthouse on Thursday.

The cases, a combination of criminal and civil including three that originated in the Victoria district court, are scheduled to be heard by the six justices who make up the appellate court.

The other two originated in the Wharton and Refugio district courts.

Created in 1963, the court provides rulings on both civil and criminal cases that do not involve the death penalty that are appealed from lower courts.

While the court maintains offices in Corpus Christi and Edinburg, once a year the justices travel to a different location within its 20-county coverage area to give attorneys an opportunity to argue their cases closer to home.

The justices were last in Victoria in 2008.

The three Victoria cases includes a civil case filed by Robert Zissa Jr. in April 2007 against defendants Euton's Harley-Davidson, Inc. Harley Davidson Motor Company, Harley Davidson, Tim Euton and Dawn Euton.

Additionally, two criminal cases - James Baldwin, who was charged with injury to a child, and Allen Lee Hardaway, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance - will be heard by the justices.



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