2013 Nevada Revised Statutes
Chapter 1 - Judicial Department Generally
NRS 1.4683 - Confidentiality of proceedings and information and materials related to proceedings; issuance of explanatory statements; disclosure of certain information.
1. Except as otherwise provided in this section and NRS 1.4675 and 239.0115, all proceedings of the Commission must remain confidential until the Commission makes a determination pursuant to NRS 1.467 and the special counsel files a formal statement of charges.
2. Except as otherwise provided in this section, before the filing of a formal statement of charges, a present or former member of the Commission, a present or former member of the staff of the Commission or a present or former independent contractor retained by the Commission shall not disclose information contained in a complaint or any other information relating to the allegations of misconduct or incapacity. Such persons:
(a) May disclose such information to persons directly involved in the matter to the extent necessary for a proper investigation and disposition of the complaint; and
(b) Shall conduct themselves in a manner that maintains the confidentiality of the disciplinary proceeding.
3. Nothing in this section prohibits a person who files a complaint with the Commission pursuant to NRS 1.4655, a judge against whom such a complaint is made or a witness from disclosing at any time the existence or substance of a complaint, investigation or proceeding. The immunity provided by NRS 1.465 does not apply to such a disclosure.
4. The confidentiality required pursuant to subsection 1 also applies to all information and materials, written or oral, received or developed by the Commission, its staff or any independent contractors retained by the Commission in the course of its work and relating to the alleged misconduct or incapacity of a judge.
5. The Commission shall disclose:
(a) The report of a proceeding before the Commission; and
(b) All testimony given and all materials filed in connection with such a proceeding,
if a witness is prosecuted for perjury committed during the course of that proceeding.
6. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section to the contrary, at any stage in a disciplinary proceeding, if the judge, a third person or the person who filed a complaint with the Commission pursuant to NRS 1.4655 has made the name of the judge against whom such a complaint is made public, the Commission may, at the request of the judge or on its own accord, issue an explanatory statement to maintain confidence in the judicial system and the Commission. In such a statement, the Commission may:
(a) Confirm or deny that a complaint has been filed;
(b) Confirm or deny that the Commission is conducting an investigation;
(c) Confirm that the Commission has dismissed a complaint with or without a letter of caution; and
(d) Confirm that the Commission has entered into a deferred discipline agreement with the judge.
7. In addition to the information authorized pursuant to subsection 6, a statement issued by the Commission pursuant to subsection 6 may correct any public misinformation concerning the disciplinary proceeding, clarify the procedures of the Commission relating to the disciplinary proceeding and explain that the judge has a right to a fair investigation and, if applicable, a fair hearing without prejudgment. The Commission shall submit such a statement to the judge concerned for comments before the Commission releases the statement. The Commission is not required to incorporate any comments made by the judge in the statement and may release the statement as originally drafted.
8. The Commission may, without disclosing the name of or any details that may identify the judge involved, disclose the existence of a proceeding before it to the State Board of Examiners and the Interim Finance Committee to obtain additional money for its operation from the Contingency Account established pursuant to NRS 353.266.
9. No record of any medical examination, psychiatric evaluation or other comparable professional record made for use in an informal resolution pursuant to subsection 4 of NRS 1.4665 may be made public at any time without the consent of the judge concerned.
10. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section to the contrary, at any stage in a disciplinary proceeding, the Commission may release confidential information:
(a) To the appropriate law enforcement or prosecuting authorities if the Commission determines that it has reliable information which reveals possible criminal conduct by a judge, former judge or any other person;
(b) Upon request to the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Nevada or other appropriate disciplinary authorities of the State Bar of Nevada if the Commission determines that it has reliable information that reveals a possible violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct by a judge, former judge or any other attorney; or
(c) Pursuant to an order issued by a court of record of competent jurisdiction in this State or a federal court of record of competent jurisdiction.
11. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section to the contrary, at any stage in a disciplinary proceeding, if a judge or former judge signs a waiver, the Commission may release confidential information concerning any complaints filed with the Commission pursuant to NRS 1.4655 that are pending or are closed and did not result in a dismissal to:
(a) An agency authorized to investigate the qualifications of persons for admission to practice law;
(b) An appointing or nominating authority or a state or federal agency lawfully conducting investigations relating to the selection or appointment of judges; or
(c) An agency conducting investigations relating to employment with a governmental agency or other employment.
12. If the Commission discloses information concerning a pending complaint to an agency or authority pursuant to subsection 11, the Commission shall subsequently disclose the disposition of the complaint to the agency or authority. The Commission shall send a copy of all information disclosed pursuant to subsection 11 to the judge concerned at the same time the Commission sends the information to the agency or authority.
(Added to NRS by 1997, 1092; A 2007, 2066; 2009, 1348)
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