Canon 2.6: Legal Requirements

A court professional shall maintain the legally required confidentialities of the court, not disclosing confidential information to any unauthorized person, for any purpose.

A court professional shall properly provide confidential information that is available to specific individuals authorized to receive such by reason of statute, court rule or administrative policy.

Comments

This canon promotes confidentiality where statutes and rules dictate it, but also situations where confidentiality is court ordered even though the rules may not specifically address the circumstance. It also precludes a professional from disclosing confidential information to an unauthorized individual, even if directed to do so by a superior; authority can only be by statute, rule, or policy. A clear example of confidential information would be knowledge of a judge’s ruling prior to the rendered decision.

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