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In November 2009, Major Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly opened fire in Fort Hood, killing 13 people and wounding 30 others. Debate ensued over whether to have the military adjudicate the case, or whether to consider the killings a terrorist attack, in which federal court will have jurisdiction. Ultimately, it was determined that the case was a mass killing, which fell under military jurisdiction. Hasan was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the 30 soldiers and 2 civilian police officers injured in the shooting. The case is still pending.
If your case falls outside of military jurisdiction, it may be adjudicated by a number of different courts within Bell County. There is considerable jurisdictional overlap amongst the courts, and a lawyer is best equipped to navigate the system on your behalf.
The Justice of the Peace Court has original jurisdiction in Class C misdemeanor criminal cases, which are less serious minor offenses. This court also functions as a small claims court. The Constitutional County Court generally hears probate cases, and has original jurisdiction over all Class A and Class B misdemeanor criminal cases. The District Courts have original jurisdiction in all felony criminal cases, divorce cases, cases involving title to land, and election contest cases. The Constitutional County Court, Justice of the Peace Court, and District Courts share concurrent jurisdiction in civil cases where the amount in controversy is small. In addition, there is a County Court at Law, whose legal jurisdiction varies considerably by county, but is usually shares some jurisdiction with the Justice of the Peace Court and the District Courts.
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