Useful Links to Government Websites
Texas Constitution and Statutes: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/
This site provides complete access to all Texas Codes.
Rules of Civil Procedure: http://www.txcourts.gov/rules-forms/rules-standards
This link lists the Rules of Civil Procedure including all updated amendments effective in September 2016 to Rules 500 - 510.
Texas Supreme Court: http://www.txcourts.gov/supreme
This site provides access to the complete Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Evidence, Texas Rules of Judicial Administration, including Rule 12, Record Requests, and reporting forms to file a complaint against a private process server.
Texas Attorney General: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov
This site allows you to search for and pull AG opinions and provides information and access to open records request information.
Texas Code of Judicial Conduct: https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1452409/texas-code-of-judicial-conduct.pdf
This page of the Supreme Court website provides access to the judicial canons that govern ethical behavior and activity for the judiciary.
Texas State Library Archives and Commission: https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/
This site provides extensive information on record retention policies both generally for government offices and specific to Justice Courts.
Texas Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/
This site provides access to the Administrative Code.
Office of Court Administration: http://www.txcourts.gov/oca/
This site provides access to charts regarding criminal fines and cost and forms for reporting requirements.
Texas Legislature Online: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/
This site allows the user to track past and pending House and the Senate bills.
Texas Indigent Defense Commission: http://www.tidc.texas.gov/
This site provides forms for indigency for criminal defendants and contains the fax numbers for Counties when there is a need to appoint an attorney on an out-of-county warrant.
Click here for the updated out of county arrests contacts and indigent defendant affidavits for every jurisdiction. Brought to you by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.
Texas Department of State Health: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/
This site provides information to forms, such as the submersion report, and also has additional information regarding death reports and inquest.
Texas Department of Transportation: http://www.txdot.gov
This site provides information regarding registration and licensing requirements as well as information on traffic safety.
DPS CJIS Codes: https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/crime-records-service/cjis-and-jjis-reporting
On this page you will find specific instructions on how to report information on Federal Charges and Misdemeanor C offenses.
Past Legislative Materials
87th Texas Legislative Session
The presentation handout is available in 2 forms, 1 slide per page and 3 slides per page with notes (you do not need to download both).
86th Texas Legislative Session
Click the links below to access TJCTC's Legislative Update material, updated statutes book, and presentation PowerPoint!
2019 Legislative Statutes Book
This is a large file and may take a while to download.
Form - Order of Emergency Protection and Return
2019 Fees and Costs Cheat Sheet and FAQ
TJCTC has released its cheat sheet for the significant changes in Fees and Costs implemented by the Texas Legislature. Note that following discussions with OCA and others, we have clarified our position that the State Traffic Fine is treated as a fine and not a court cost. Also, there was a typo in some versions of the PowerPoint regarding the amount of costs on Rules of the Road parking/pedestrian offense, it is $67, not $57.
Please review this information carefully, and discuss it with your court software provider, and other officials such as auditors and treasurers, as needed.
Click here to download the Fees and Costs Cheat Sheet and FAQ
85th Legislative Session