Texas Court Rules

Court proceedings in Texas follow the various rules and standards set forth by the Texas Supreme Court. Click here to access the rules used in the Texas court system.

If you have questions about Texas court rules, contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at library@sll.texas.gov.

Court Proceedings

In Texas, the Rules of Civil Procedure govern the proceedings in civil trials. The Code of Criminal Procedure governs criminal proceedings. When a case is appealed, the Rules of Appellate Procedure govern the appeals process.

There are also various other court rules that govern different aspects of Texas court proceedings — e.g., Rules of Evidence, Rules of Judicial Administration, Code of Judicial Conduct, Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, and local rules adopted by jurisdiction. Find these and other court rules on the Texas Judicial Branch website.

Local Rules

At a local level, lower courts can also adopt local rules for court proceedings. You can find a collection of local rules on the Texas Judicial Branch website.

Parental Notification

In accordance with chapter 33 of the Family Code, the Supreme Court adopted parental notification forms and rules [PDF] to govern court proceedings involving a minor seeking an abortion.

Ethics and Conduct

The Code of Judicial Conduct [PDF] is the set of ethical rules for judges in Texas. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct accepts and investigates complaints against judges in the Texas court system.

Attorneys are bound by the State Bar's Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and other state bar rules. Ethical complaints and reports of misconduct are investigated by the State Bar of Texas.

page last updated: 20 Jan 2015 3:42 PM