This guide provides information on sources available for legislative intent research for the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure as enacted in 1965. The legislation introduced as SB 107, 59th Legislature, marked the culmination of six years of study by the State Bar Committee for Revision of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Penal Code. Finally passed after four years of legislative effort over two sessions, the Code represented the first full-scale revision of criminal procedure in over 100 years.
Many materials relevant to the revision process are included in the Legislative Reference Library's collection. Through these materials it is possible to gain insight into the challenges of the revision process and the broader criminal procedure reform movement. In some cases, documents may aid researchers in tracing the reasoning and intent of specific statutory language.