Author:
Kris Seago
Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Module
Level:
Community College / Lower Division
Tags:
  • Hierarchy
  • Law
  • Sources
  • Texas
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    Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike
    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.