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Standing Board Policy 700 (Document Handling and Disclosure)

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POLICY ON DOCUMENT HANDLING AND DISCLOSURE

Preamble
   The State Bar of Georgia is an administrative agency created by the Supreme Court of Georgia for the purposes of: (a) fostering among the members of the State Bar the principles of duty and service to the public; (b) improving the administration of justice; and (c) advancing the practice of law.
   The Policy on Document Handling and Disclosure of the State Bar of Georgia establishes certain standards for the following persons who are elected, appointed, or serve ex officio: elected State Bar officers; members of the Board of Governors; members of the Bar's Executive Committee; officers and other members of the Executive Committee and Executive Council of the Young Lawyers Division; and employees and staff of the State Bar ("Covered Persons"). This Policy is intended to supplement, but not replace, any applicable state or federal laws or regulations applicable to the State Bar of Georgia or its members, as well as the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct and any other ethical rules or obligations governing Georgia lawyers.

Policy on Document Handling and Disclosure

  1. While discharging responsibilities of an office, employment, or other position at the State Bar, no Covered Person, as defined in the Preamble to this policy shall (a) falsify, or fail to make required entries on any record within the person's control, (b) conceal any record within the person's control from any party having a legal right to access or review the record, or (c) destroy or mutilate any record within the person's control in violation of the law, or any policy of the State Bar of Georgia, including the destruction of documents that are the subject of an investigation or a civil or criminal action.
  2. A Covered Person, as defined in the Preamble to this policy, with reporting responsibilities as a result of his or her office, employment, or other position with the State Bar shall provide full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable disclosures of the subjects on which they are required to report in all reports.



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