The passing of a ‘judicial icon’: Chief Justice Jack Pope dies at 103.
February 25, 2017
Retired Texas Chief Justice Jack Pope, who helped establish formal judicial education for Texas judges, fought for a voluntary judicial-ethics code when judges had none and fought again to make that code mandatory and enforceable, died Saturday at 103. He served Texas for 39 years as a district court judge, court of appeals justice and on the Supreme Court, the last two as chief justice.
February 21, 2017
The Texas Supreme Court has adopted recommendations from the Judicial Committee on Information Technology that will provide varying access to electronic judicial records by judges, lawyers in their own cases (and visiting judges assigned to specific cases) and court clerks. The access will be through a system called re:SearchTX.
February 01, 2017
In his second State of the Judiciary address Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht urged legislators Wednesday to redouble courthouse security across Texas and provide money to protect judges from known threats as well as changes in the law to protect their personal information.
December 07, 2016
A commission appointed by the Texas Supreme Court has proposed eight recommendations to expand civil legal services for “modest-means” clients in Texas, including specific ways to direct those disqualified for free legal-aid help to organizations and lawyers willing to serve them. The commission also recommends broadening legal-information services now in certain libraries and courthouses to assist people who represent themselves.
September 15, 2016
Former Justice Barbara Culver Clack, the second woman to serve full time on the Texas Supreme Court when she was appointed in 1988, has died in Midland. She was 90.
July 18, 2016
The way St. Mary's Law School Dean Stephen M. Sheppard sees it, more may explain dramatic declines in bar-exam passage rates than fewer qualified students filling law classes in times when law-school enrollments have declined. As the head of a recently appointed Texas Supreme Court task force, Sheppard hopes to test the bar exam itself.
May 13, 2016
The Supreme Court HOLDS the district court erred in its overall analysis to find the Texas school-finance system unconstitutional on the basis of inadequate, unsuitable and inefficient financing.
February 14, 2016
The Supreme Court of Texas joins the country in mourning the loss of Antonin Scalia, Senior Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
December 29, 2015
The Texas Supreme Court issued amended rules Tuesday governing how an unemancipated girl may seek a judge's permission to get an abortion without getting a parent's or guardian's consent.
November 23, 2015
By an order Monday the Texas Supreme Court has created an 18-member Texas Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services charged to explore means to bring more affordable legal services to small businesses and people who cannot qualify for legal aid.
June 30, 2015
The Texas Supreme Court has approved rules that allow law students and graduates applying to take the Texas bar examination later this year to file their applications and pay fees online.
February 18, 2015
Chief Justice Hecht delivered the State of the Judiciary at 11:00 am, February 18, 2015.