The Court of Criminal Appeals is one of Oklahoma’s three appellate courts, along with the Supreme Court and Court of Civil Appeals. An appellate court hears appeals from lower court decisions.
The Court of Criminal Appeals is the only appellate court with jurisdiction over criminal cases. The court of Criminal Appeals hears appeals from district court decisions. The Court of Criminal Appeals was created by statute in 1918. Originally, the court consisted of three justices by now consists of five. Justice candidates are selected by the Judicial Nominating Commission and appointed by the Governor. Justices are up for a retention election every six years.