Judicial Commission Needn't Produce Records, Texas AG Says

Law360, Houston (December 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EST) -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday said the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct is not required by law to produce records or open its proceedings to an administrative body that advises the Legislature on the efficacy of government agencies.

Responding to a June request for a legal opinion from the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, Abbott said the state’s constitution imposes a confidentiality requirement on judicial conduct proceedings and records, without exception.

“A court could conclude that the Legislature has not authorized the staff of the...
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