Notice of Public Hearing

Pursuant to Section 33.0055 of the Texas Government Code, and in accordance with relevant Executive Order(s) of Governor Greg Abbott, Emergency Order(s) from the Texas Supreme Court, and guidance from the Office of Court Administration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct will be conducting its biennial Public Hearing on Monday, October 5, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., virtually, via Zoom, "to consider comments from the public regarding the commission’s mission and operations." Per the statute, "The comments are to be considered in a manner which does not compromise the confidentiality of matters considered by the commission."

For additional information, please contact us at (512) 463-5533.

To Speak at the Meeting

Witnesses must register in advance for this meeting to speak, and may do so via this online form or by faxing a completed registration form to (512) 463-0511.

After registering, you'll receive an confirmation email containing information for joining the meeting. The deadline for registration is October 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Testimony will be limited to 3 minutes per witness; however, written submissions will also be accepted in addition to or in lieu of oral testimony. Any statements for consideration can be mailed to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, P.O. Box 12265, Austin, Texas 78711.

To Watch the Meeting Live

Visit our YouTube channel to view the live stream of the meeting.

Private Reprimand of a Justice of the Peace. (07/11/11)

07/11/2011

The judge willfully and/or persistently violated the law when he allowed defendants to make donations to private non-profit organizations in exchange for a credit on their assessed fines. The judge's practice of maintaining and providing a list of approved organizations to which the defendants were allowed to make donations, which list included a scholarship program started by the judge, combined with the "Thank You" letters sent to the judge by the organizations who received the donations, created the impression that (1) he was personally soliciting donations on behalf of those organizations, (2) he was lending the prestige of his judicial office to advance the organizations' private interests, and (3) the organizations were in a special position to influence him. [Violation of Canons 2B and 4C(2) of the Texas Code of Judicial Conduct.] Private Reprimand of a Justice of the Peace. (07/11/11).