Texas Bench Book

The Texas Bench Book is a practical aid and quick reference for trial court judges. Produced biannually, it has the latest updates to law at the time of publication. The Bench Book includes sample scripts for hearings, trials and guidelines. Thank you to University of Texas Law School students for their assistance in compiling this valuable resources.

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Capital Cases Bench Book 

The Capital Cases Bench Book is a resource originally published in 2008. It is not meant to dictate judicial procedures but to assist capital case trial court judges. Judges presiding over capital cases should always double check the suggested substantive and procedural law for any changes or unique differences in the specific case over which they are presiding.

CPS Bench Book

This book was authored by seasoned district and associate judges with dozens of years on the bench presiding over CPS cases. The book is designed to benefit both new and experienced judges. The information is set out in a simplified format to facilitate real-time use from the bench. If further research is needed, all of the case law and statutory references are linked to Lexis/Nexis free of charge.

Public Health Law Bench Book

The purpose of this bench book is to serve as a guide for judges who evaluate public health control measures, such as quarantine and isolation, particularly in the face of a catastrophic event such as a pandemic flu.

The Texas Family Violence Bench Book 

This bench book provides the Texas judiciary with a single, comprehensive reference for family violence law. It is a project of the Office of Court Administration and funded with a grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor in conjunction with the US Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women's STOP program.

Child-Friendly Courtroom Bench Book

Testifying in court is particularly stressful for children. Judges are often faced with the difficult task of finding a balance between protecting the rights of the accused while protecting the rights and needs of child victims. Small but significant changes adopted in the courtroom will increase a child’s comfort level and his ability to testify accurately, effectively promoting justice in the courts while preserving the integrity of the process.