Consistent with section 81.086 of the Texas Government Code, these rules permit the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel to allow or require anyone involved in an investigatory hearing, a summary disposition setting, or an evidentiary hearing—including but not limited to a party, attorney, witness, court reporter, or grievance panel member—to participate remotely, such as by teleconferencing, videoconferencing, or other means. A panel may consider as evidence sworn statements or sworn testimony given remotely. The term “teleconference” in these rules includes videoconference or other remote means.

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