Article VI, § 156(b), of the Alabama Constitution, mandates that all proceedings of the Judicial Inquiry Commission shall be confidential except the fact that a complaint has been filed with the Court of the Judiciary. This mandate for confidentiality during an investigation exists in the judicial-conduct systems in all states. Alabama’s confidentiality has been further defined by the Alabama Supreme Court in the Rules of Procedure of the Judicial Inquiry Commission. Although the Judicial Inquiry Commission and its staff maintain strict confidentiality, the Commission has no authority to limit the speech of complainants, witnesses, or any judge involved in any complaint or investigation.