Author:
Kris Seago
Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Module
Level:
Community College / Lower Division
Tags:
Hierarchy, Law, Sources, Texas
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Language:
English
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Sources and Hierarchy of Law

Sources and Hierarchy of Law

Overview

Sources of Law

Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, students will be able to

  • Distinguish between the various the sources of law
  • Understand the hierarchy of the various sources of law

By the end of this section, you will be able to

  • Distinguish between the various the sources of law
  • Understand the hierarchy of the various sources of law

Sources of Law

Sources of Law

Constitutional Law

  • National Constitution
  • Texas Constitution

Statutory Law

  • National Laws (laws passed by Congress)
  • Texas State Statutes

Administrative Regulations

  • National regulations
  • Texas State administrative code

Court precedents

Local codes and ordinances

Hierarchy of law

Hierarchy of law

The hierarchy of law in our system is relatively simple:

Constitutional Law overrules statutory law which in turn overrules administrative regulations which finally overrules local codes and ordinances.