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Your correspondence will normally be held as confidential,
and I will not publish your name, email address or comments
without your permission. In fact, I will not normally reveal to anyone
that the communication even took place.
There are some exceptions and special circumstances, however.
They are encoded in the Campbell Revised Statutes (CRS), Section 1.
Section 1: Confidentiality and Use of Submissions
CRS 001.010 "Confidential" defined. "Confidential" means that a certain communication
is intended only for the explicit recipient and not for any other party.
The word implies that even the existence of the communication is secret and should be known only to the
sender and the receiver. However, "Confidential" does not necessarily imply that the information
conveyed in the communication is secret. If you tell me something "in confidence" you can
reasonably expect me to follow up on this information, seek to confirm it from another
source and use it as I see fit (in the absence of any other agreement
between us). "Confidential" means only that I will not reveal that it was you who gave me the
information. "Confidential" is roughly synonymous with "off the record" and "not for attribution."
CRS 001.020 "Normally Confidential" defined. "Normally Confidential" means that a certain communication
is confidential by default, although there may be reasonable exceptions.
CRS 001.030 Court hearings are not confidential.
Unless specifically restricted by law, all proceedings in a courtroom, while being recorded for the
record, are not confidential. In my writings,
I may report on anything that takes place during these hearings,
(a) The full names of juveniles may not be used.
(b) Information that might reasonably identify a juvenile to the public may not be used.
(c) Quiet conversations in the back of the courtroom, not recorded in the public record, may
still be confidential.
(d) Other restrictions as defined by law.
CRS 001.040 Courtroom conversations between hearings may be confidential.
Any conversations or events in a courtroom, taking place outside of
any formal hearings, are subject to the same rules of confidentiality as those taking
place in public areas outside of the courtroom (See CRS 001.050).
CRS 001.050 Conversations in public places are not confidential, with exceptions.
(a) Any conversation or event that I am not a party to, taking place in a public
area where it can be easily witnessed or overheard by others, is not confidential.
(b) Any conversation between myself another party, who has not met me before and does not
know who I am, is not normally confidential. (If someone feels comfortable talking to
a stranger, then I feel comfortable reporting what they say.)
(c) Any conversation between myself and another party who knows me, regardless of where
it takes place, is normally considered confidential, as discussed in CRS 001.060 below.
(d) Sensitivity will be given to attorney/client priviledge.
If I happen to overhear conversations that fall into this
category, I will report them only with discretion, especially
if they involve cases that have not yet been resolved.
CRS 001.060 Implied confidentiality.
Any conversation between myself and another party who knows me is normally considered
confidential regardless of the venue. "Knows me" is defined as anyone who has seen
my website. In other words, if you and I have a conversation anywhere, and I have
reason to believe that you have seen my website, then I will normally hold the
conversation as confidential, subject only to the exceptions below.
(a) Exception for public officials. Occasionally, I may ask for an
on-the-record comment from someone who is acting
as a public spokesperson for their organization.
However, when I quote this person or repeat on my website
information they have given me, I will normally inform them of the
report and give them an opportunity to correct any information that is wrong
or remove any information that is "off the record".
I will also try to make it clear, whenever I am talking to such an official, whether
I am asking for an official response or seeking information
"off the record." In general, "off the record" can be assumed unless I say otherwise.
(b) Exception for declared war. If you and I are engaged in an obvious
conflict, anything you say or do may be used against you.
Your comments are on-the-record unless we make arrangements otherwise.
CRS 001.070 Email is confidential.
Any email I receive is normally confidential. If you send me an email, you can expect
that I will not reveal it to anyone, forward it to anyone or publish it on my website
without your permission.
I will also not normally reveal to anyone that the communication took place. However, this confidentiality is subject to the same
restrictions as CRS 001.060 (a+b).
CRS 001.080 Website comments may be confidential.
If you send me a comment via the comment box on
my website, these rules apply...
(a) If you select "No" for "Can we reprint your comments on this website?"
then your comments will normally be treated as confidential, like an email.
I will use these comments only for my own information and to correct
information on my website.
(b) If you select "Yes" for "Can we reprint your comments on this website?"
then your comments may be quoted or reprinted, at my discretion, subject
to these rules:
(1) I may edit your message.
(2) I will attribute the quote to whatever name you gave in the "Your Name/Codename"
space. (If you do not want your real name used, leave this space blank or make up
a code name.) If you use your real name, I may choose to withhold it, or I may conduct
a reasonable investigation to make sure you are who you claim to be.
(3) I will never reprint your email address on my website (to avoid
attracting spam). Your email will normally be used only for my own direct
communication with you.
(c) Regardless of whether you answer "Yes" or "No", your email address would
be greatly appreciated, as it permits me to ask you questions about what you have said.
CRS 001.090 Soapbox section.
The Soapbox section of the website is the normal
location where I will post comments by readers. Once you send me
a comment and it is posted to the website, it is not normally
changeable. Should you change your mind and ask me to remove it,
I may comply, but I cannot guarantee this.
I will not normally allow you to otherwise change your comments
unless you object to some editing that I did to them.
CRS 001.100 Website comments are a public record.
Once your comment has been posted to the website with your permission,
we shall consider it a non-copyrighted part of the public record. I and
other parties may choose to reprint your comment elsewhere, such as in
a book, without asking your permission.
CRS 001.110 "Not confidential" does not imply publication.
The fact that I have deemed a communication "not confidential" does not
imply that I will publish it. I will still use my discretion.
CRS 001.120 Published information remains negotiable.
Even after information is published on my website, it remains
negotiable. I will correct any errors that are brought to my
attention, and, upon request, I will remove any information
that is improperly used.
Because this website has been frozen,
reader comments can no longer be added to this page (effective 8/3/09).
If you feel that an existing comment is damaging or inappropriate, feel free to
contact the webmaster regarding its removal: familycourtguy (at) gmail.com