RULE 17.

CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVILEGE OF PROCEEDINGS.


All papers filed with and proceedings before the commission shall be confidential, and the filing of papers with, and the giving of testimony before the commission shall be privileged; provided that:

A. The formal hearing, and all papers, records, documents, and other evidence introduced during the formal hearing shall be public.

B. If the commission issues a public sanction, all papers, documents, evidence, and records considered by the commission or forwarded to the commission by its staff and related to the sanction shall be public.

C. The judge may elect to open the informal appearance hearing pursuant to Rule 6(b).