IMMUNITY OF THE STATE ITSELF ABND ITS STATE-WIDE AGENCIES
IMMUNITY OF POLITICAL OR ADMINSTRATIVE SUBDIVISIONS
[such as counties, municipalities, school districts and other special districts]
Sovereign immunity protects the State and State agencies and their officers. Harris Cnty. v. Sykes, 136 S.W.3d 635, 638 (Tex. 2004). Governmental immunity, on the other hand, protects subdivisions of the State, including municipalities like the city. Id. Both types of immunity afford the same degree of protection, and both levels of government are subject to the TTCA. Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §§ 101.001(3), 101.021, 101.025; Sykes, 136 S.W.3d at 638.
TTCA= Texas Tort Claims Act
SOURCE: Houston Court of Appeals - 14-10-01216-CV - 7/7/2011
OTHER IMMUNITY DEFENSES: Qualified immunity (Section 1983 claim), good-faith immunity, official immunity of state officers and employees, judicial immunity, judicial proceedings communications privilige also referred to as absolute immunity