Disclaimer: The Texas State Law Library is unable to give legal advice, legal opinions or any interpretation of the law. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your situation. If you have questions about anything in this guide, please ask a librarian.
Disclaimer: The Texas State Law Library is unable to give legal advice, legal opinions or any interpretation of the law.
Official codifications are compilations of the laws in force, arranged in a systematic way, and approved by the Texas Legislature. These state-approved codifications first began to be published in 1856. Request at the front desk.
The legislature authorized the revision of the statutes and eventually adopted two codes—Penal and Criminal Procedure. Often cited as "O.C." These two codes were the first official codified statutes produced by the legislature.
Beginning in 1879, the Texas Legislature approved the Revised Civil Statutes in addition to the body of criminal statutes. Available adjacent to the reference desk and online from the library's website.
1925-current — Vernon’s Texas Statutes Annotated
Often referred to as “Vernon’s black statutes”, so named for its black binding and original publisher. Vernon published the Texas statutes for 40 years before being absorbed by the West Publishing Company in 1969, but the statutes are still known by this nickname. Current statutes are available in the South Reading Room. Request prior versions at the reference desk. 1987-current available at library computers via Westlaw.
1936-1974 — Vernon’s Centennial editions
Unannotated recompilations sometimes called the “red statutes”—also derived from the color of the binding. Only 1936 and 1948 republish all articles in force with accompanying supplements providing updates for the interim years. Available adjacent to the reference desk.
1974-current — West’s Texas Statutes and Codes
Unannotated recompilations. For the period 1974-1984, only the 1974 and 1984 editions are full recompilations, with supplementary volumes providing updates for the interim years. From 1985 to present, the volumes are published every two years. 1974-84 available adjacent to the reference desk. Current statutes available in the South Reading Room. Request other years at the reference desk.