Terms Used In Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 42A.154

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Extradition: The formal process of delivering an accused or convicted person from authorities in one state to authorities in another state.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Justice: when applied to a magistrate, means justice of the peace. See Texas Government Code 312.011

A defendant who leaves the state without permission of the judge having jurisdiction of the case is:
(1) considered a fugitive from justice; and
(2) subject to extradition as provided by law.