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36-3503. Access to information; confidentiality; violation; classification
A. On request of the chairperson of a state or local team and as necessary to carry out the team's duties, the chairperson shall be provided within five days excluding weekends and holidays with access to information and records regarding a child whose death is being reviewed by the team, or information and records regarding the child's family and records of a maternal fatality associated with pregnancy pursuant to section 36-3501, subsection C:
1. From a provider of medical, dental or mental health care.
2. From this state or a political subdivision of this state that might assist a team to review a child fatality.
B. A law enforcement agency with the approval of the prosecuting attorney may withhold investigative records that might interfere with a pending criminal investigation or prosecution.
C. The director of the department of health services or the director's designee may apply to the superior court for a subpoena as necessary to compel the production of books, records, documents and other evidence related to a child fatality or a maternal fatality associated with pregnancy investigation. Subpoenas issued shall be served and, on application to the court by the director or the director's designee, enforced in the manner provided by law for the service and enforcement of subpoenas. A law enforcement agency is not required to produce the information requested under the subpoena if the subpoenaed evidence relates to a pending criminal investigation or prosecution. All records shall be returned to the agency or organization on completion of the review. Written reports or records containing identifying information shall not be kept by the team.
D. All information and records acquired by the state team or any local team are confidential and are not subject to subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence in any civil or criminal proceedings, except that information, documents and records otherwise available from other sources are not immune from subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence through those sources solely because they were presented to or reviewed by a team.
E. Members of a team, persons attending a team meeting and persons who present information to a team may not be questioned in any civil or criminal proceedings regarding information presented in or opinions formed as a result of a meeting. This subsection does not prevent a person from testifying to information that is obtained independently of the team or that is public information.
F. A member of the state or a local child fatality review team shall not contact, interview or obtain information by request or subpoena from a member of a deceased child's family, except that a member of the state or a local child fatality review team who is otherwise a public officer or employee may contact, interview or obtain information from a family member, if necessary, as part of the public officer's or employee's other official duties.
G. State and local team meetings are closed to the public and are not subject to title 38, chapter 3, article 3.1 if the team is reviewing individual child fatality cases or cases of maternal fatalities associated with pregnancy. All other team meetings are open to the public.
H. A person who violates the confidentiality requirements of this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.