The state's 7th Court of Appeals moved its docket to Lubbock Friday. The justices, who usually preside in Amarillo, heard cases in the Donald Hunt Courtroom at the Texas Tech School of Law for the day.
The once-a-semester visit gave students and the public an opportunity to see the appellate court at work.
"It's fabulous for the students. They study the court system. They read about cases," Darby Dickerson, Dean of the Law School said. "But to actually see the oral arguments and process, to see the interaction between the judges and the attorneys is outstanding. And they also have access to some of the other documents so they can put the case in context."
The justices have appellate jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases appealed from lower courts in 46 West Texas counties.