Under the Texas Government Code, the Commission is charged with with improving indigent defense services through the development of policies and standards.

In many policy areas related to indigent defense, the Commission has chosen to promulgate model polices, forms, and procedures rather than mandatory standards or rules. However, the specific policy areas for which the Commission has established rules include:  

Policy Monitoring Rules

Policy Monitoring Rules with Commentary

Minimum Continuing Legal Education Requirements

Rules for Contract Defenders

Requests for Counsel Process Requirements after initiation of adversarial judicial proceedings