Texas Legal Overview: Abilene
The Abilene metropolitan area in Texas is defined by the Census Bureau as covering Callahan, Jones and Taylor counties. The four district courts located in Abilene are the main trial courts with general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases filed in Taylor County. Each of these district courts (42nd, 104th, 326th, and 350th) has county-wide jurisdiction over civil, criminal and family law cases. The county additionally has two county courts at law, also located in Abilene.
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Trending Legal Topics: The city of Abilene additionally has a limited jurisdiction municipal court that handles ordinance code violations and Class-C misdemeanors. Appeals against municipal and justice court verdicts can be heard by the county court judges. Appeals against county and district court verdicts in Callahan, Jones and Taylor counties must be filed with the Eleventh Court of Appeals in Eastland, TX. Federal court cases in these three counties go to the Abilene Division of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.