The History of Texas Civil Procedure

111 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2015 Last revised: 11 Feb 2016

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William Dorsaneo

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2013


The promulgation of rules of court by the Texas Supreme Court has been the principal mechanism for the regulation of proceedings in Texas courts. This article provides a historical overview of the development of these rules, the rule-making process, the impact of procedural rule-making on the administration of justice in Texas courts, and the continuing need for revision and reorganization of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. This article also acknowledges the enormous debt that is owed to the Texas judges, lawyers, and professors who have participated in the rule-making process, mostly without plaudits or even public recognition. In a small way, this paper attempts to pay that debt.

Suggested Citation

Dorsaneo, William, The History of Texas Civil Procedure (2013). Baylor Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 3, 2013, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 186, Available at SSRN:

William Dorsaneo (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

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Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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