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.
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.
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.
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.