This chapter examines the key aspects of the Texas judicial system focusing on five key areas:
Overview of types and sources of law The conceptual and constitutional foundations of the legal system in Texas
Organization and structure of the Texas judicial system General characteristics of the court system, as well as specific jurisdictions of each court
Judicial selection, qualifications and performance The process for selecting members of the state judiciary and its impact, and a detailed analysis of the formal and "informal" personal qualifications for membership
Criminal justice system in Texas Criminal trial procedure, sentencing and penalties, law enforcement, and criminal corrections
Voters and crime The evolution of the public's attitudes toward crime over the course of the past decade
Covering such a large and complex system is extremely difficult. Nevertheless, the numerous features that supplement the main text of this chapter provide additional perspectives on the justice system in Texas.