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Historical Texas Court Rules and Intent: State Rules

This guide provides information on resources to locate historical Texas Court rules at the state, federal and local level, as well as resources to research the rulemakers' intent.

State Rules

Sources to locate versions of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, and Texas Rules of Evidence

Historical Texas Court Rules:

Current Texas Court Rules:

Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem [PDF]. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at


The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.