The Supreme Court Advisory Committee, first created in 1940 and periodically reconstituted since then, assists the Supreme Court of Texas in the continuing study, review, and development of rules of administration and procedure for Texas courts, taking into consideration the rules of other courts in the United States and proposals for changes from whatever source received. The Committee drafts rules as directed by the Court; solicits, summarizes, and reports to the Court the views of the bar and the public on court rules and procedures; and makes recommendations for change. Votes taken by the Committee are solely for informational purposes. The Committee's discussions and recommendations are advisory and not binding on the Court.
Committee meetings are held after public notice and are open to the public. Since May 31, 1985, a record of the debates of the SCAC has been made by a court reporter. Transcriptions of debates and copies of proposals received by the committee are kept in the State Law Library and at the Supreme Court. All these materials are available to the public.