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Texas Bar Journal


Texas, like a number of other states, has ceased publication of its "official" reporters- -Texas Reports on the civil side and Texas Criminal Reports for criminal cases. What, then, is the "official" version of a Texas Supreme Court or Court of Criminal Appeals decision today? The Southwestern Reporter? Southwestern Reporter: Texas Cases? The Texas Supreme Court Journal? Perhaps the original signed typescript on record in the court clerk's office?

The answer, as the reader may have guessed, is "none of the above." But, as we shall see, a current "official" source for court opinions is, in fact, mandated by the state Legislature. Yet no one today could possibly find or cite this current "official" version of Texas Supreme Court or Court of Criminal Appeals opinions. And therein hangs a tale.

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