Texas Government Code

Sec. § 72.154
Public Access to Protective Order Registry


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:


the county of issuance;


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


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


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


the court that issued the protective order;


the case number;


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


the dates the protective order was issued and served;


the date the protective order was vacated, if applicable; and


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


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


The office may not allow a member of the public to access through the registry any information related to a protective order issued under Article 17.292 (Magistrate’s Order for Emergency Protection), Code of Criminal Procedure, or Chapter 83 (Temporary Ex Parte Orders), Family Code.
Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 16 (S.B. 325), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.

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