Martinez v. Bynum

Martinez v. Bynum: Facts of the Case

Martinez v. Bynum: The Court’s Ruling

In Martinez v. Bynum (1983), the Supreme Court held that a bona fide residence requirement was a permissible precondition before even a U.S. citizen could demand a state’s services such as public education. The Court thus ruled that a child who was a citizen but who did not meet the requirements of Texas’s bona fide residence was not entitled to a free public education.

Brenda Kallio

See also Due Process; Equal Protection Analysis; Parens Patriae; Plyler v. Doe

Legal Citations

  • Martinez v. Bynum, 461 U.S. 321 (1983). 
  • Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982).