State v. Sewell – Case Brief Summary (Texas)

In State v. Sewell, 487 S.W.2d 716, 717, 16 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 111 (Tex. 1972), the members of a local grievance committee sought mandamus to command a district judge to vacate an order that temporarily enjoined the grievance committee from concluding a hearing on matters before the committee which had been previously considered by the committee at two earlier hearings.

The Supreme Court of Texas vacated the circuit court's injunction and held that the committee's prior decisions did not rise to the level of a final determination on the merits of the complaints before them. See id. at 718.

Therefore, the matters before the grievance committee were not barred by the doctrine of res judicata. See id.