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SCR 3.970 Agency referrals

Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of the Supreme Court

Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of the Supreme Court
III Practice of Law (Refs & Annos)
Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR), Rule 3.970
SCR 3.970 Agency referrals
(1) A member of the Kentucky legal community who is the subject of a pending admission, disciplinary or continuing legal education proceeding before an agency of the Supreme Court of Kentucky may authorize that agency to make a confidential request for assistance from KYLAP in evaluating or addressing any actual or potential impairment that may be relevant to the issues which the agency is charged with considering in the proceeding. In particular:
(a) A member of the Kentucky legal community who is the subject of an application for admission, restoration or reinstatement to the practice of law in the Commonwealth may authorize the Office of Bar Admissions to communicate in confidence with KYLAP for the purpose of requesting assistance from KYLAP in evaluating and addressing any actual or potential impairment that may be relevant to the OBA's consideration or disposition of the application for admission, restoration or reinstatement.
(b) A member or former member of the Association who is the subject of a disciplinary complaint or investigation pending before the Inquiry Commission may authorize that Commission to communicate in confidence with KYLAP for the purpose of requesting assistance from KYLAP in evaluating and addressing any actual or potential impairment that may be relevant to that Commission's consideration or disposition of that complaint or investigation.
(c) A member or former member of the Association who is the subject of an investigation or prosecution by the Office of Bar Counsel may authorize OBC to communicate in confidence with KYLAP for the purpose of requesting assistance from KYLAP in evaluating and addressing any actual or potential impairment that may be relevant to OBC's recommended disposition of that investigation or prosecution.
(d) A member or former member of the Association who is the subject of a continuing legal education proceeding pursuant to SCR 3.675 by the Continuing Legal Education Commission may authorize the Director for Continuing Legal Education to communicate in confidence with KYLAP for the purpose of requesting assistance from KYLAP in evaluating and addressing any actual or potential impairment that may be relevant to the CLE Commission's recommended disposition of that proceeding.
(2) Before an agency of the Court makes any contact with KYLAP pursuant to paragraph (1) of this Rule, it shall obtain a written authorization from the person who is the subject of the proposed assistance clearly evidencing the fact that such person has authorized the agency to communicate with KYLAP for one or more purposes set forth in paragraph (1).
(3) Upon receiving any request for assistance from an agency of the Court pursuant to paragraph (1) of this Rule, KYLAP shall satisfy itself: (a) that the person who is the subject of the proposed assistance has authorized the agency to communicate with KYLAP, in accordance with paragraphs (1) and (2) of this Rule; and (b) that the requested assistance falls within the scope of KYLAP's mission and services as set forth in Rule 3.910. KYLAP shall not take any other steps in response to the request until it has satisfied itself of these two threshold matters.
(4) After satisfying itself of the threshold matters set forth in paragraph (3), KYLAP shall determine whether it is able to provide any assistance to the requesting agency and respond appropriately to that agency. KYLAP is not obligated by these Rules to accept any request for assistance or become involved in any proceeding before any agency of the Court, and shall do so only when it determines that it is able to provide assistance in accordance with these Rules.
(5) Before providing any assistance pursuant to a request from an agency of the Court, KYLAP shall obtain a written authorization, waiver and release from the person who is the subject of the proposed assistance, in which that person authorizes KYLAP to:
(a) provide appropriate status reports to the requesting agency, and to any other appropriate agencies of the Court, regarding any aspect of the assistance provided by KYLAP after the date KYLAP has accepted the request for assistance, including, without limitation, (i) any assessment or diagnosis of the person's condition rendered after the date KYLAP has accepted the request for assistance, (ii) the person's progress in addressing the actual or potential impairment after the date KYLAP has accepted the request for assistance, and (iii) the person's compliance or non-compliance with any terms or conditions imposed by the Court, any agency of the Court, or KYLAP, after the date KYLAP has accepted the request for assistance;
(b) disclose to the requesting agency, and to any other appropriate agencies of the Court, any information gathered or received by KYLAP after the date KYLAP has accepted the request for assistance, for use as evidence in any admission, disciplinary, restoration or reinstatement proceeding, subject to the rules of evidence and procedure in that proceeding; and
(c) provide testimony in any admission, disciplinary, restoration or reinstatement proceeding regarding assistance provided by KYLAP after the date KYLAP has accepted the request for assistance, subject to the rules of evidence and procedure in that proceeding.

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HISTORY: Amended by Order 2013-15, eff. 1-1-14; prior amendments eff. 1-1-06 (Order 2005-10); adopted by Order 2003-4, eff. 1-1-04; temporary amendment adopted eff. 3-17-03 (Order 2003-2)
Note: Former Rules of Appellate Procedure (RAP) were amended and redesignated as Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR) by Order of the Supreme Court effective January 1, 1978. Prior Rules of the Court of Appeals (RCA) had been redesignated as Rules of Appellate Procedure effective March 12, 1976.
Sup. Ct. Rules, Rule 3.970, KY ST S CT Rule 3.970
Current with amendments received through May 1, 2020.
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