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Methods of Judicial Selection: Texas

Removal of Judges

Texas judges may be removed in one of four ways:
  • The state commission on judicial conduct investigates, and if warranted, prosecutes allegations of misconduct by Texas judges. Upon a commission recommendation of removal or retirement, the supreme court selects a review tribunal from among court of appeals judges to verify the findings and enter a judgment. Judges may appeal decisions of the review tribunal to the supreme court.

  • Judges may be removed by the governor on the address of two thirds of the house and senate.

  • Judges may be impeached by the house of representatives and removed by two thirds of the senate.

  • The supreme court may remove district court judges from office.