S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 9, 2013
Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary
AN ACT to amend the judiciary law, in relation to confidential communi-
cations with judicial assistance committees
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 499 of the judiciary law, as added by chapter 327
of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows:
S 499. Lawyer AND JUDICIAL assistance committees. 1. Confidential
information privileged. The confidential relations and communications
between a member or authorized agent of a lawyer assistance committee OR
JUDICIAL ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE sponsored by a state or local bar associ-
ation and any person, firm or corporation communicating with such
committee, its members or authorized agents shall be deemed to be privi-
leged on the same basis as those provided by law between attorney and
client. Such privilege may be waived only by the person, firm or corpo-
ration which has furnished information to the committee.
2. Immunity from liability. Any person, firm or corporation in good
faith providing information to, or in any other way participating in the
affairs of, any of the committees referred to in subdivision one of this
section shall be immune from civil liability that might otherwise result
by reason of such conduct. For the purpose of any proceeding, the good
faith of any such person, firm or corporation shall be presumed.
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.