Legislative Information

Below is legislative information for recent Legislative Sessions. For information related to older sessions, please contact the Director of Public Affairs.

Texas Judiciary Legislative Update Reports

These reports briefly summarize new legislation impacting the Texas court system, judges, clerks, and other judicial actors. No attempt is made to cover substantive areas of the law in detail; other entities are expected to provide legislative updates on substantive legal topics.

Texas Judicial Council


Policy Briefs

Judicial Campaign Fairness Act
Legislative Recommendations on Pretrial Release
Legislative Recommendations on Court Security
Guardianship Compliance Project
Legislative Recommendations on Mental Health


85th Legislative Session

House General Investigation & Ethics, March 29, 2018

House Criminal Jurisprudence, February 27, 2017
Invited Testimony

Senate Finance, February 9, 2017

84th Legislative Session

Joint Committee Interim Hearing
Criminal Jurisprudence and County Affairs, September 21, 2016
Pretrial Service & Bonding Practices

House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence, September 14, 2016
Implementation of Expedited Actions Provisions

Senate State Affairs, September 14, 2016
Monitor Requirements for Guardianships

FY 2014 Failure to Attend School Data
House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, March 11, 2015

Senate State Affairs, February 18, 2016

Legislative Appropriations Request Materials
House Appropriations, February 9, 2015

Legislative Appropriations Request Materials
Senate Finance, February 2, 2015

Previous Session

83rd Legislative Session