The Texas offense of Confidentiality Of Judicial Work Product makes it illegal to leak court opinions and other judicial work product.
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After the highly-publicized leak of the draft United States Supreme Court order in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Texas legislature was inclined to criminalize any similar types of leaks in Texas courts.
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Learn more about the Confidentiality Of Judicial Work Product offense below.
The current Texas law defines the offense of Confidentiality Of Judicial Work Product in Government Code Section §21.013 as follows:
(e) A person, other than a justice or judge, with access to non-public judicial work product commits an offense if the person knowingly discloses, wholly or partly, the contents of any non-public judicial work product to a person who is not a justice, judge, court staff attorney, court clerk, law clerk, employee of an agency established under Chapter 71 or 72, or other court staff routinely involved in crafting an opinion or decision for an adjudicatory proceeding.
You can be charged with Confidentiality Of Judicial Work Product if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 21.013 as described in the section above have been met.
Confidentiality Of Judicial Work Product is punished as a Class A misdemeanor.