Texas Code of Judicial Conduct Back to Outline

The Code of Conduct for the Texas Judiciary as directed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

Preamble Preamble

Our legal system is based on the principle that an independent, fair and competent judiciary will interpret and apply the laws that govern us. The role of the judiciary is central to American concepts of justice and the rule of law. Intrinsic to all sections of this Code of Judicial Conduct are the precepts that judges, individually and collectively, must respect and honor the judicial office as a public trust and strive to enhance and maintain confidence in our legal system.The judge is an arbiter of facts and law for the resolution of disputes and a highly visible symbol of government under the rule of law.

The Code of Judicial Conduct is not intended as an exhaustive guide for the conduct of judges.They should also be governed in their judicial and personal conduct by general ethical standards.The Code is intended, however, to state basic standards which should govern the conduct of all judges and to provide guidance to assist judges in establishing and maintaining high standards of judicial and personal conduct.

Bluebook Citation

Texas Code of Judicial Conduct. § , (Texas Center for Legal Ethics, 2023) from https://legalethicstexas.com/resources/rules/texas-code-of-judicial-conduct/preamble/ (last visited Feb 01, 2023)