The Differences Between Judges and Justices

Bryan Garner explains that American usage varies from state to state.  In Texas, the presiding officials in the trial court and in the Court of Criminal Appeals are called judges.  In the Courts of Appeals and in the Supreme Court, they are called Justices.

This distinction brings to mind an old joke among Texas lawyers.  There’s no justice in the trial courts, and there’re no judges on the appellate courts.

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