Court Watch

For more than a decade, the Texas Court Watch project has served to educate the public about the importance of the Texas Supreme Court. Court Watch serves as a key resource on civil court issues, producing regular reports, analyses and releases to the public, the media and decision-makers. These activities foster broader public awareness, discussion and debate about the role of the Texas civil justice system and the actions of the Texas Supreme Court.

Quick Links: Texas Supreme Court Case Highlights | Court Watch Annual Reports | Judicial Ethics

Studies & Research

Thumbs on the Scale: A Retrospective of the Texas Supreme Court, 2000-2010
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; January 2012

Show Us the Money: An Analysis of Political Donations to the Texas Supreme Court
TEXAS WATCH; October 2008

In The Shadows: A Look Into the Texas Supreme Court’s Overuse of Anonymous Opinions
TEXAS WATCH; May 2008

Snail’s Pace: An Analysis of the Texas Supreme Court’s Growing Backlog
TEXAS WATCH; February 2008

Closing the Courthouse Doors: Harriet Miers and Locke Liddell & Sapp
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; October 2005

Priscilla Owen: The Judicial Philosophy of a Radical
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; September 2005

Texas Supreme Court Case Highlights

Port Elevator v. Casados
Case No. 10-0523; Opinion delivered January 27, 2012

Texas Mutual Ins. Co. v. Ruttiger
Case No. 08-0751; Opinion delivered August 26, 2011

Court Watch Annual Reports

A Losing Proposition: Consumers Continue to Face Long Odds at High Court, 2008-09
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION, Summer 2010

Shining a Light: The Texas Supreme Court Annual Review, 2007-2008
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION, Summer 2009

No End In Sight: The Texas Supreme Court Maintain Its Longstanding Tradition of Pro-Defendant Bias, 2006-2007
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; Summer 2008

Decade of Watching & Waiting: Texas Supreme Court Year-In-Review 2005-2006
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; Fall 2006

The Texas Supreme Court by the Numbers: A Statistical Analysis of the Texas Supreme Court, 2005-2006
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; Fall 2006

Obstacle to Justice: A Look into the Activist Behavior of the Texas Supreme Court & How It Impacts Texas Families
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; Fall 2005

Facing a Stacked Deck: Families at the Texas Supreme Court
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; Fall 2004

Shifting Sands for Consumers: Increased Control by Activists, Defection of Moderates Leaves Consumers Looking for Relief
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; Fall 2003

Power Shift: Court Returning to Defendant Dominance
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; Fall 2002

Access to Texas Courts Denied
TEXAS WATCH FOUNDATION; Fall 2001

Texas Supreme Court Continues Support of Defendants in Civil Battles
TEXAS WATCH; Fall 2000

Moderating the Counter-Revolution
TEXAS WATCH; Fall 1999

A Kinder, Gentler Court May Be In the Works, But It’s Late Arriving
TEXAS CITIZEN ACTION; Fall 1998

Judicial Ethics

Complaints Filed Against Hecht, Medina for Travel Violations
Hecht Refuses to Explain Air Travel; Medina Admits Improper Mileage Payments (1/24/2008)

Supreme Court Justice Paul Green Breaks State Ethics Law
Green Pocketed $16, 761 in Improper Mileage Reimbursements (01/22/2008)

New Complaint Filed Against Hecht
Soliciting Contributions for Damage Control Violates Canons (08/14/2007)

Did Justice Nathan Hecht Break the Law?
Complaints Allege Violations of Penal Code, Election Code, and Judicial Canons (07/24/2007)

Texas Court Watch is a project of the Texas Watch Foundation, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization. Content that appears on this page has been produced by the Texas Watch Foundation for research and public education purposes.

Research & Reports
Research & Reports

The Texas Watch Foundation, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, conducts research and public education activities on consumer law, consumer protection and civil justice issues. Read More »

Court Watch
Court Watch

Court Watch, a program of the Foundation, documents the role and impact of the Texas civil court system on Texas families and Texas public policy. Read More »