Joint Rules Title: JR6 Chapter: 4

            JR6-4-304.   Process for making a decision -- Deliberations -- Voting in public meeting.

            (1) After each party has presented a closing argument, the committee shall deliberate in a closed meeting:

            (a) immediately after conclusion of the closing arguments; or

            (b) at a future meeting of the committee, on a date and time determined by a majority of the members of the committee.

            (2) The chair of the committee shall conduct the deliberations.

            (3) During the deliberations, committee members may:

            (a) discuss evidence and testimony;

            (b) discuss and debate whether an allegation was proven or not proven;

            (c) discuss and debate what actions should be taken or not taken against the respondent in relation to each allegation;

            (d) discuss and debate any other matter related to the allegations in the complaint that is before the committee; and

            (e) conduct, at the call of the chair or a majority of the members of the committee, a non-binding straw poll on any matter related to the complaint.

            (4) (a) Notwithstanding JR6-2-306, and except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), from the time of completion of closing arguments through the time that the written finding and order are publicly issued, a committee member may not discuss any of the following matters with any other person outside of official committee deliberations:

            (i) the substance or specifics of the allegations, testimony, or evidence of the complaint under review;

            (ii) a committee member's intended vote;

            (iii) a committee member's recommendation for actions to be taken or not taken against the respondent in relation to the complaint; or

            (iv) any other non-administrative matter related to the complaint.

            (b) During deliberations, committee members may privately consult with staff for the purpose of discussing legal, evidentiary, or procedural matters.

            (5) Deliberations shall continue until they are concluded or continued to another date and time:

            (a) at the direction of the chair, subject to JR6-2-302; or

            (b) upon a motion approved by a majority of the committee members.