Section VII-7

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Section VII-7: District Courts - Jurisdiction - Courts abolished - Transfer of jurisdiction, files etc.

  (a)  The State shall be divided by the Legislature into
judicial districts, each consisting of an entire county or of
contiguous counties.  There shall be one District Court for each
judicial district, which shall have such number of District
Judges, Associate District Judges and Special Judges as may be
prescribed by statute.  The District Court shall have unlimited
original jurisdiction of all justiciable matters, except as
otherwise provided in this Article, and such powers of review of
administrative action as may be provided by statute.  Existing
electing districts for all who are or who become District Judges
and Associate District Judges under the terms of this Article
shall remain as they are constituted for the offices formerly
held by such persons on the effective date of this Article, until
changed by statute.  The Legislature may at any time delegate
authority to the Supreme Court to designate by court rule the
division of the State into districts and the number of judges.
  (b)  All Courts in the State of Oklahoma, except those
specifically provided for in this Article, are hereby abolished
at midnight on the day preceding the effective date of this
Article and their jurisdiction, functions, powers and duties are
transferred to the respective District Courts, and, until
otherwise provided by statute, all non-judicial functions vested
in such courts are transferred to the District Courts and Judges
thereof.  No person shall file a declaration of candidacy for any
such court abolished herein on or after July 1, 1968.
  (c)  Each court into which jurisdiction of other courts is
transferred shall succeed to and assume jurisdiction of all
causes, matters and proceedings then pending, with full power and
authority to dispose of them and to carry into execution or
otherwise to give effect to all orders, judgments and decrees
theretofore entered by the predecessor courts.
  (d)  The files, books, papers, records, documents, monies,
securities and other property in the possession, custody, or
control of the court hereby abolished, or in the possession,
custody or control of any officer thereof, are transferred to the
District Court; and thereafter all proceedings in all court shall
be matters of record.
  (e)  In the event a transfer or transition has not been
provided for by law, the Supreme Court shall by rule provide for
the orderly transfer or transition.  

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