Title 8: Banking and Insurance
Chapter 1: POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
8 V.S.A. § 23. Confidentiality of investigation and examination reports
§ 23. Confidentiality of investigation and examination reports
(a) This section shall apply to all persons licensed, authorized or registered, or required to be licensed, authorized or registered, under Parts 2 and 5 of Title 8.
(b) Regardless of source, all records of investigations, including information pertaining to a complaint by or for a consumer, and all records and reports of examinations by the commissioner, whether in the possession of a supervisory agency or another person, shall be confidential and privileged, shall not be made public, and shall not be subject to discovery or introduction into evidence in any private civil action. No person who participated on behalf of the commissioner in an investigation or examination shall be permitted or required to testify in any such civil action as to any findings, recommendations, opinions, results or other actions relating to the investigation or examination.
(c) The commissioner may, in his or her discretion, disclose or publish or authorize the disclosure or publication of any such record or report or any part thereof in the furtherance of legal or regulatory proceedings brought as a part of the commissioner's official duties. The commissioner may, in his or her discretion, disclose or publish or authorize the disclosure or publication of any such record or report or any part thereof, to civil or criminal law enforcement authorities for use in the exercise of such authority's duties, in such manner as the commissioner may deem proper.
(d) For the purposes of this section, records of investigations and records and reports of examinations shall include joint examinations by the commissioner and any other supervisory agency. Records of investigations and reports of examinations shall also include records of examinations and investigations conducted by:
(1) any agency with supervisory jurisdiction over the person; and
(2) any agency of any foreign government with supervisory jurisdiction over any person subject to the jurisdiction of the department, when such records are considered confidential by such agency or foreign government and the records are in the possession of the commissioner. (Added 2001, No. 55, § 3, eff. June 12, 2001.)