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Court of Appeals of Texas, Austin.

Ex parte Carolyn Barnes

NO. 03-11-00139-CV

Decided: March 25, 2011

Before Justices Puryear, Pemberton and Rose

M E M O R A N D U M O P I N I O N

Carolyn Barnes 1 filed an original Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus in this Court, seeking relief from an order of commitment arising out of a criminal case.

This Court's original jurisdiction to issue a writ of habeas corpus is limited to those cases in which a person's liberty is restrained because the person has violated an order, judgment, or decree entered in a civil case.   See Tex. Gov't Code Ann. § 22.221(d) (West 2004);  Dodson v. State, 988 S.W.2d 833, 835 (Tex.App.-San Antonio 1999, no pet.);   Ex parte Hawkins, 885 S.W.2d 586, 588 (Tex.App.-El Paso 1994, orig. proceeding).   Power to consider original applications for writs of habeas corpus in criminal cases lies with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, not this Court.   See Tex.Code Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 11.05 (West 2005);  see also Tex. Const. art.   V, § 5(c).  Because Barnes's application arises from an order entered in a criminal case, not a civil case, we lack jurisdiction to consider it.

The Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus is dismissed for want of jurisdiction.

FOOTNOTES

FN1. The application was filed by Dessie Maria Andrews purporting to act on behalf of Carolyn Barnes.   Habeas petitions may be presented by someone other than the applicant on the applicant's behalf.   See Tex.Code Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 11.12, 11.13 (West 2005)..  FN1. The application was filed by Dessie Maria Andrews purporting to act on behalf of Carolyn Barnes.   Habeas petitions may be presented by someone other than the applicant on the applicant's behalf.   See Tex.Code Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 11.12, 11.13 (West 2005).

Jeff Rose, Justice

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