APPROVAL OF MISCELLANEOUS
CONCERNING HAZARDOUS PAPERS
1. Miscellaneous Order 07-101 concerning hazardous papers is
2. This Order takes effect December 17, 2007.
3. The Clerk is directed to file an original of this Order with the Secretary of
forthwith, and to cause a copy of this Final Order to be mailed to each registered member of
the State Bar of Texas by publication in the Texas Bar Journal.
SIGNED AND ENTERED this 17th day of December, 2007.
Sharon Keller, Presiding Judge
Lawrence E. Meyer, Judge
Tom Price, Judge
Paul Womack, Judge
Cheryl Johnson, Judge
Michael Keasler, Judge
Barbara Hervey, Judge
Charles Holcomb, Judge
Cathy Cochran, Judge
Hazardous Papers or Items Sent to the Court of Criminal Appeals
(a) Persons shall not send or deliver to this Court (including the Clerk of the Court,
any judge, or any member of the staff of the Court) papers or items that constitute a health
hazard as defined in Section (b).
(b) The Clerk of the Court is authorized to routinely and immediately dispose of,
without seeking a judge's permission, any papers or items sent or delivered to this Court that
are smeared with or contain corrosive or dangerous chemicals, blood, food, feces, urine, or
other bodily fluids. Such items constitute a health hazard to Court employees and shall be
disposed of by the Clerk for that reason.
(c) The Clerk of the Court shall maintain a written log of items that have been
disposed of under this rule. The log shall contain all available information concerning the
name, address, and identification numbers of the person who sent the offending material, and
a brief description of the item disposed of.
(d) The Clerk of the Court shall also notify the sender and, if applicable, the
appropriate supervising official of any prison or jail in which a sender-prisoner is held, that
the item was destroyed and that sanctions may be imposed if the prisoner continues to send
or deliver papers or items in violation of Section (b) of this Rule.