Texas Code of Criminal Procedure
Art. Art. 57D.02
Confidentiality of Files and Records


(a)

The office of the attorney general shall develop and distribute to all law enforcement agencies of the state a pseudonym form to record the name, address, telephone number, and pseudonym of a victim.

(b)

A victim may choose a pseudonym to be used instead of the victim’s name to designate the victim in all public files and records concerning the offense, including police summary reports, press releases, and records of judicial proceedings. A victim who elects to use a pseudonym as provided by this article must complete a pseudonym form developed under this article and return the form to the law enforcement agency investigating the offense.

(c)

A victim who completes and returns a pseudonym form to the law enforcement agency investigating the offense may not be required to disclose the victim’s name, address, and telephone number in connection with the investigation or prosecution of the offense.

(d)

A completed and returned pseudonym form is confidential and may not be disclosed to any person other than a defendant in the case or the defendant’s attorney, except on an order of a court of competent jurisdiction. The court finding required by Subsection (g) is not required to disclose the confidential pseudonym form to the defendant in the case or to the defendant’s attorney.

(e)

If a victim completes and returns a pseudonym form to a law enforcement agency under this article, the law enforcement agency receiving the form shall:

(1)

remove the victim’s name and substitute the pseudonym for the name on all reports, files, and records in the agency’s possession;

(2)

notify the attorney for the state of the pseudonym and that the victim has elected to be designated by the pseudonym; and

(3)

maintain the form in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the information contained on the form.

(f)

An attorney for the state who receives notice that a victim has elected to be designated by a pseudonym shall ensure that the victim is designated by the pseudonym in all legal proceedings concerning the offense.

(g)

A court of competent jurisdiction may order the disclosure of a victim’s name, address, and telephone number only if the court finds that the information is essential in the trial of the defendant for the offense or the identity of the victim is in issue.

(h)

Except as required or permitted by other law or by court order, a public servant or other person who has access to or obtains the name, address, telephone number, or other identifying information of a victim younger than 18 years of age may not release or disclose the identifying information to any person who is not assisting in the investigation, prosecution, or defense of the case. This subsection does not apply to the release or disclosure of a victim’s identifying information by:

(1)

the victim; or

(2)

the victim’s parent, conservator, or guardian, unless the victim’s parent, conservator, or guardian allegedly committed the offense described by Article 57D.01 (Definitions)(4).
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1008 (H.B. 2329), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2011.
Amended by:
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 469 (H.B. 4173), Sec. 3.01, eff. January 1, 2021.
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