Rule 12-107. Confidentiality of Proceedings.
State Bar Programs / Part XII - Consumer Assistance Program / Rule 12-107. Confidentiality of Proceedings.
(a) All investigations and proceedings provided for herein shall be confidential unless the respondent otherwise elects or as hereinafter provided in this Rule and Part IV of the Bar Rules.
(b) Except as expressly permitted by these Rules, no person connected with the Consumer Assistance Program shall disclose information concerning or comment on any proceeding under Part XII of these Rules.
(1) Nothing in the Rules shall prohibit truthful and accurate public statements of fact about a proceeding under Part XII of these Rules, provided however, that in the event of such statement any other person involved in the proceeding may make truthful and accurate public statements of fact regarding the proceeding, including information otherwise confidential under the provisions of Rule 4-102 (d), Rule 1.6, as may be reasonably necessary to defend that person's reputation;
(2) Willful and malicious false statements of fact made by any person connected with a proceeding under Part XII of these Rules may subject such person to rule for contempt by the Supreme Court of Georgia.
(c) In the event the conduct of the attorney appears to violate one or more of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct set forth in Part IV of the Bar Rules, and Consumer Assistance staff in its sole discretion makes a determination under Rule 12-106 that the matter cannot be resolved informally, then the Consumer Assistance staff shall inform callers of their option to file a grievance and shall advise the Office of the General Counsel to send the appropriate forms to the callers.
(d) The Consumer Assistance Committee and staff may reveal confidential information when required by law or court order.
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