CJEO Confidentiality Policy

CJEO maintains strict confidentiality.  All communications with CJEO are confidential and all of the committee’s deliberations and operations are confidential.  (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 9.80(h); CJEO rule 5.)  CJEO opinions do not disclose names or identifying information (rule 9.80(h)(2); CJEO rule 5(c)).  The identities of  those requesting opinions and advice are not known to CJEO members during deliberations (CJEO rule 5(d)).  In addition, all records of the committee, including requests, suggestions, inquiries, replies, circulated drafts, informal opinions, documents, writings, files, communications with staff, and proceedings of the committee are maintained as strictly confidential and will not be disclosed outside of the committee (rule 9.80(h)(1); CJEO rule 5(b)(1)).   All information electronically gathered by the committee, including on this website, in all CJEO e-mail accounts, and in the electronic files and e-mail accounts of the committee and its staff, is maintained as confidential using available electronic security applications and other means (CJEO rule 5(2)).  Confidentiality may be waived by a judge or candidate for judicial office using CJEO forms available on this website or by contacting CJEO, but in no case will the confidentiality of the committee’s deliberations or records be waived (rule 9.80(h)(3); CJEO rule 5(e)).