RULE 15.

SUSPENSION OF A JUDGE.


(a) Any judge may be suspended from office with or without pay by the commission immediately upon being indicted by a state or federal grand jury for a felony offense or charged with a misdemeanor involving official misconduct. However, the suspended judge has the right to a post-suspension hearing to demonstrate that continued service would not jeopardize the interests of parties involved in court proceedings over which the judge would preside nor impair public confidence in the judiciary. A written request for a post-suspension hearing must be filed with the commission within 30 days from receipt of the Order of Suspension. Within 30 days from the receipt of a request, a hearing will be scheduled before one or more members or the executive director of the commission as designated by the chairman of the commission. The person or persons designated will report findings and make recommendations, and within 60 days from the close of the hearing, the commission shall notify the judge whether the suspension will be continued, terminated, or modified.

(b) Upon the filing with the commission of a sworn complaint charging a person holding such office with willful or persistent violation of rules promulgated by the Supreme Court of Texas, incompetence in performing the duties of office, willful violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct, or willful and persistent conduct that is clearly inconsistent with the proper performance of his duties or casts public discredit upon the judiciary or the administration of justice, the commission, after giving the person notice and an opportunity to appear and be heard before the commission (under Rule 6), may recommend to the supreme court the suspension of such person from office.

(c) When the commission or the supreme court orders the suspension of a judge or justice, with or without pay, the appropriate city, county, and/or state officials shall be notified of such suspension by certified copy of such order.