Supreme Court Amends Rule 9, Sec. 5.4(c)

On October 6, 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court entered an Order amending Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 5.4(c) regarding the confidentiality of attorneys’ ethics inquiries to the Board of Professional Responsibility and the Board’s responses to those inquiries.  This newly-amended section now reads as follows*:

“An advisory ethics opinion may be issued by Disciplinary Counsel orally when there is readily available precedent.  The advisory opinion shall not be binding on the Board and shall offer no security to the person requesting it.  All requests for advisory opinions, oral and written, and any response by Disciplinary Counsel shall be confidential and shall not be public records or open for public inspection except as subject to waiver by the requesting attorney or as otherwise provided in Section 32."

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