Tex. Gov't Code Section 72.154
Public Access to Protective Order Registry


(a)

Subject to Subsections (c) and (d) and Section 72.158 (Request for Grant or Removal of Public Access), the office shall establish and maintain the registry in a manner that allows a member of the public, free of charge, to electronically search for and receive publicly accessible information contained in the registry regarding each protective order issued in this state. The registry must be searchable by:

(1)

the county of issuance;

(2)

the name of a person who is the subject of the protective order;

(3)

any known common misspellings of the name of a person who is the subject of the protective order;

(4)

any known aliases of a person who is the subject of the protective order; and

(5)

the birth year of a person who is the subject of the protective order.

(b)

Publicly accessible information regarding each protective order must consist of the following:

(1)

the court that issued the protective order;

(2)

the case number;

(3)

the full name, county of residence, birth year, and race or ethnicity of the person who is the subject of the protective order;

(4)

the dates the protective order was issued and served; and

(5)

the date the protective order expired or will expire, as applicable.

(c)

A member of the public may only access the information in the registry described by Subsection (b).

(d)

The office may not allow a member of the public to access through the registry any information related to:

(1)

a protective order issued under Article 7B.002 or 17.292 (Magistrate’s Order for Emergency Protection), Code of Criminal Procedure, or Chapter 83 (Temporary Ex Parte Orders), Family Code; or

(2)

a protective order that was vacated.
Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 16 (S.B. 325), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.
Amended by:
Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 934 (H.B. 3774), Sec. 13.03, eff. September 1, 2021.
Acts 2023, 88th Leg., R.S., Ch. 612 (H.B. 3698), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2023.

Source: Section 72.154 — Public Access to Protective Order Registry, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.­72.­htm#72.­154 (accessed Feb. 24, 2024).

72.001
Definitions
72.002
Effect on Judicial Discretion
72.011
Office of Court Administration
72.012
Director
72.014
Certification Division
72.015
Judicial Security Division
72.016
Notification Procedure for Judicial Privacy
72.021
Budget
72.022
Personnel
72.023
Consultation and Assistance
72.024
Methods
72.025
Annual Report
72.026
Rules
72.027
Additional Duties
72.028
Gifts, Grants, and Donations
72.029
Grants for Court System Enhancements
72.030
Collection of Data Relating to Judicial Turnover
72.031
Electronic Filing System
72.032
Best Practices Education
72.033
List of New or Amended Court Costs and Fees
72.034
Public Information Internet Website
72.035
Settlement Agreement Database
72.036
Training on Educational and Vocational Training Pilot Program
72.037
Transfer Certificate and Index of Transferred Documents Form
72.038
Bail Form
72.039
Protective Order Applications, Forms, and Materials
72.041
Diversity
72.042
Demographic Census
72.081
Rules
72.082
Performance Report
72.083
Trial Courts
72.084
Court of Appeals
72.085
Court of Criminal Appeals
72.086
Supreme Court
72.087
Capital Trials
72.121
Definitions
72.122
Establishment of Program
72.123
Notification of State Commission on Judicial Conduct
72.124
Annual Report
72.151
Definitions
72.152
Applicability
72.153
Protective Order Registry
72.154
Public Access to Protective Order Registry
72.155
Restricted Access to Protective Order Registry
72.156
Entry of Applications
72.157
Entry of Orders
72.158
Request for Grant or Removal of Public Access
72.1221
Program Access to Financial Records

Accessed:
Feb. 24, 2024

§ 72.154’s source at texas​.gov