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S.B. 271 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Gene Davis

House Sponsor: Neal B. Hendrickson

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends the confidentiality requirements of the Judicial Conduct Commission.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    allows the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee to review relevant complaints,
             14      papers, testimony, and records of the Judicial Conduct Commission for the purpose
             15      of determining a nominee's fitness for judicial office.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          78A-11-112, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 78A-11-112 is amended to read:
             26           78A-11-112. Confidentiality.
             27          (1) The transmission, production, or disclosure of any complaints, papers, or
             28      testimony in the course of proceedings before the commission, the masters appointed under
             29      Section 78A-11-110 , or the Supreme Court may not be introduced in any civil action.

             30          (2) The transmission, production, or disclosure of any complaints, papers, or
             31      testimony in the course of proceedings before the commission or the masters appointed under
             32      Section 78A-11-110 may be introduced in any criminal action, consistent with the Utah Rules
             33      of Evidence. This information shall be shared with the prosecutor conducting a criminal
             34      investigation or prosecution of a judge as provided in Section 78A-11-106 .
             35          (3) Complaints, papers, testimony, or the record of the commission's confidential
             36      hearing may not be disclosed by the commission, masters, or any court until the Supreme
             37      Court has entered its final order in accordance with this section, except:
             38          (a) upon order of the Supreme Court;
             39          (b) upon the request of the judge who is the subject of the complaint;
             40          (c) as provided in Subsection (4);
             41          (d) to aid in a criminal investigation or prosecution as provided in Section
             42      78A-11-106 ; or
             43          (e) this information is subject to audit by the Office of Legislative Auditor General,
             44      and any records released to the Office of Legislative Auditor General shall be maintained as
             45      confidential, except:
             46          (i) for information that has already been made public; and
             47          (ii) the final written and oral audit report of the Legislative Auditor General may
             48      present information about the commission as long as it contains no specific information that
             49      would easily identify a judge, witness, or complainant.
             50          (4) If the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee requests Judicial Conduct
             51      Commission records, the commission shall disclose the information to the Senate Judicial
             52      Confirmation Committee or its staff if the chair of the Senate Judicial Confirmation
             53      Committee certifies in writing that the committee will limit the disclosure of any information
             54      received to the minimum amount necessary to allow the Senate to evaluate the candidate's
             55      fitness for office.
             56          [(4)] (5) Upon the dismissal of a complaint or allegation against a judge, the dismissal
             57      shall be disclosed without consent of the judge to the person who filed the complaint.


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