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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Texas

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 5 of Texas' code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:
  • Make pledges or promises of conduct in office regarding pending or impending cases, specific classes of cases or litigants, or specific propositions of law that would suggest to a reasonable person that they would be predisposed to a probable decision in cases within the scope of the pledge.
  • Knowingly or recklessly misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position, or other fact concerning themselves or their opponents.
  • Publicly comment about pending or impending proceedings that may come before the court in a manner suggesting to a reasonable person their probable decision on any particular case.

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, 536 U.S. 765 (2002), the Texas Supreme Court struck a provision prohibiting statements indicating an opinion "on any issue that may be subject to judicial interpretation." The court also added the "public comment" provision and amended the "pledges or promises" provision.

Canon 4 of the code expressly permits judges and candidates for judicial office to personally solicit funds for appropriate campaign expenses.