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Kansas Judicial Center
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Topeka Kansas 66612-1507
Telephone:  785.296.3229
Fax:  785.296.1028
Email: appellateclerk@kscourts.org


Rules Adopted by the Supreme Court

Rules Relating to Discipline of Attorneys

Rule 222
Rules Relating to Discipline of Attorneys

Confidentiality

(a) Confidentiality. All complaints, investigations, reports, correspondence, proceedings, and records of the disciplinary administrator and the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys are private and confidential and must not be divulged in whole or in part except as provided in subsections (d), (e), and (f) below or by order of the Supreme Court.

(b) Complainant and Respondent. This rule does not prohibit the complainant or the respondent from disclosing the existence of a complaint or from disclosing any documents or correspondence filed by, served on, or provided to that person.

(c) Complaint and Response. The disciplinary administrator must, in the course of an investigation, provide a copy of the complaint to the respondent. If the respondent files a
response to the complaint, the disciplinary administrator may provide a copy of the response to
the complainant.

(d) Disclosure to Respondent. Upon request, the disciplinary administrator will disclose to the respondent all evidence in the disciplinary administrator's possession. No other discovery will be permitted. The disciplinary administrator will not be required to disclose any work product, including any report prepared under Rule 204(b).

(e) Disclosure to Third Persons.
(1) If the review committee finds probable cause that a respondent violated the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, the Rules Relating to the Discipline of Attorneys, or the attorney's oath of office, and if the review committee imposes an informal admonition, the disciplinary administrator will disclose the nature of the case and the disposition of the proceeding, including the rules violated.
(2) If the review committee finds probable cause that a respondent violated the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, the Rules Relating to the Discipline of Attorneys, or the attorney's oath of office, and if the review committee refers the matter for prosecution of formal charges under Rule 210(c), the disciplinary administrator will disclose the pleadings filed under Rule 211(b), the exhibits admitted during the formal hearing, subject to seal orders, and the disposition of the proceeding.
(3) The disciplinary administrator and anyone appointed to assist the disciplinary administrator in conducting investigations may disclose information reasonably necessary to complete the investigation.
(4) The disciplinary administrator may disclose relevant information involving any candidate for election or retention in public office, including disclosure of all or any part of a disciplinary file.
(5) The disciplinary administrator may disclose relevant information and submit all or any part of a disciplinary file to:
(A) the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program;
(B) the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, District Judicial Nominating Commissions, or the Governor for use and consideration in evaluating any prospective nominee for judicial appointment; or
(C) a law enforcement agency, licensing authority, or other
disciplinary authority.

(f) Disclosure to Complainant. Upon the completion of any investigation which results in dismissal or informal admonition, the disciplinary administrator must notify the complainant of the action taken and may reveal to the complainant information necessary to adequately explain the basis for the decision and action taken.

[History: Previously Rule 223, Am. effective January 8, 1979; Am. effective March 1, 1988; Am. effective January 15, 2014.]

See also: Rule 1001 - Electronic and Photographic Media Coverage of Judicial Proceedings