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Judicial Ethics Opinions

As a Judge, do you have an ethical dilemma and need guidance from your peers? The Judicial Ethics Committee receives requests for ethics opinions and issues advisory opinions regarding ethics matters for Judges. The Committee only issues written opinions in response to written questions. Questions should be submitted to theJudicial Section Ethics Committee. We will review your submission and issue a formal or informal opinion, depending upon the nature of your question. 

The Judicial Section Ethics committee has been reviewing ethical dilemmas for Texas judges since 1975. To research past ethical opinions, download Texas Judicial Ethics Opinion – 1975 to Present

Judicial Ethics Opinions

Justice Evelyn Keyes
1st Court of Appeals
Houston, TX

Vice Chair
Hon. E. Lee Gabriel
2nd Court of Appeals
Fort Worth, TX


Member 2016
Hon. Sam Medrano
409th District Court
El Paso, Texas 

Member 2015
Hon. Elma T. Salinas Ender
341st District Court
Laredo, TX

Member 2016
Hon. Paul Davis
Senior District Judge
Austin, TX

Member 2015
Hon. Jim R. Wright
11th Court of Appeals
Eastland, TX

Member 2017
Hon. Amanda Matzke
County Court at Law 1, Brazos County
Bryan, TX

Member 2016
Hon. Mark Greenburg
County Court at Law 5, Dallas County
Dallas, TX 

Member 2017
Hon. Charles Van Orden
Cen-Tex Child Protection Court
Belton, TX

Ex Officio
Hon. David L. Evans
48th District Court
Fort Worth, TX 

Ex Officio
Hon. Pat Pirtle
Seventh Court of Appeals
Amarillo, TX


Ex Officio:

Hon. Jennifer Rymell, Chair
County Court at Law #2
Fort Worth, TX


Hon. Randy Clapp, Chair Elect
329th Judicial District
Wharton, TX


Hon. Kerry Russell, Immediate Past Chair
7th Judicial District Court
Tyler, TX