The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals provides all parties of a court case with the means to approach their own settlement and enforce it through the court. Compared to the more rigid standards of the Supreme Court or the Criminal Appeals Court, the Civil Appeals Court’s fluid system of judiciary resolve promises the possibility of a swift settlement. The Supreme Court directs court cases and appeals to the Civil Appeals Court, which handles and resolves the case.
The four statewide Courts of Civil Appeal in Oklahoma mitigate the workload of the Supreme Court system by providing a wider means of resolution (through settlement between parties). Two of the courts were established in Tulsa, and two others were established in Oklahoma City. Three judges are appointed at each of the Courts of Civil Appeal. The chief judge is Robert D. Bell, and the vice-chief judge is John Fischer. Any decisions made between judges can also be overturned if two of the three judges of a court decide against the resolution of a specific issue. To befuddle the settlement process slightly further, the Supreme Court can – at any point – overturn the decision of a Court of Civil Appeals.
Nonetheless, the just system of the Court of Civil Appeals is one to be admired: not only does the court ensure that you are heard, but also allows you to reach a settlement with the other party and decide upon the outcome in court. Paired with the strength of the Supreme Court and the concrete nature of the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Civil Appeals provides for a standardized, efficient judiciary system.