Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Intermediate court of appeals says it has no habeas corpus jurisdiction in criminal case

A court of appeals does not have original jurisdiction over habeas corpus proceedings in criminal matters.  Chavez v. State, 132 S.W.3d 509, 510 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2004, no pet.); cfTEX. GOV’T CODE ANN. § 22.221(d) (Vernon 2004) (granting jurisdiction over civil proceedings).  

Jurisdiction to grant post-conviction habeas corpus relief in felony cases rests exclusively with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. ANN. art. 11.07, § 5 (Vernon Supp. 2011); Bd. of Pardons & Paroles ex rel. Keene v. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Dist., 910 S.W.2d 481, 483 (Tex. Crim. App. 1995); In re McAfee, 53 S.W .3d 715, 717–18 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2001, orig. proceeding). Therefore, we are without jurisdiction to grant the requested relief. 
Accordingly, we dismiss for want of jurisdiction.

FIRST COURT OF APPEALS - NO. 01-11-01044-CR - 12/2/2011  (habeas corpus in civil case vs. criminal case)

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