In re Videoconferencing and Teleconferencing in Meetings of Boards and Committees of Judiciary, 121420 OKSC, 2020 OK 108

Docket Nº2020 OK 108
Party NameRE: Videoconferencing and Teleconferencing in Meetings of Boards and Committees of the Judiciary
Judge PanelGurich, C.J., Darby, V.C.J., Kauger, Winchester, Edmondson, Colbert, Combs and Kane, JJ., concur; Rowe, J., not voting.
Case DateDecember 14, 2020
CourtSupreme Court of Oklahoma

2020 OK 108

RE: Videoconferencing and Teleconferencing in Meetings of Boards and Committees of the Judiciary

No. 2020 OK 108

Supreme Court of Oklahoma

December 14, 2020

ORDER

¶1 This Order is issued to clarify the meeting requirements applicable to judicial branch boards, committees, task forces, and other working groups, and to authorize those groups to utilize teleconferencing and videoconferencing to conduct their meetings and proceedings. While the Open Meetings Act is applicable to public bodies in the State of Oklahoma, the state judiciary is specifically exempted from the definition of "public body." 25 O.S. §304, paragraph 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the requirements of the Open Meetings Act shall not apply to the proceedings of the boards, committees, or other groups established by or through the state judiciary. The use of videoconferencing and teleconferencing, at the discretion of each group's chairperson, is hereby authorized, for judicial branch boards, committees, task forces, and other working groups, including but not limited to the following: 1. The State Board of Examiners of Certified Shorthand Reporters. Rule 7, Title 20, Chapter 20, Appendix 2, is hereby amended as set forth on Exhibit 1.

2. The State Board of Examiners of Certified Courtroom Interpreters. Rule 6, Title 20, Chapter 23, Appendix 3, is hereby amended as set forth on Exhibit 2.

3. The Dispute Resolution Advisory Board (DRAB).

4. The Juvenile Justice Oversight and Advisory Committee (JJOAC).

5. The Conference of Presiding Judges.

6. The Oklahoma Judicial Conference (OJC).

7. The Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission.

8. The Pandemic Judicial Advisory Committee.

9. The Oversight Committee for the Uniform Representation of Children and Parents in Cases Involving Abuse and Neglect.

10. Any subcommittee of the above listed groups.

11. Any other committee, board, task force, or working group created by or through the Supreme Court, Oklahoma Judicial Conference, or the state judiciary.

DONE BY ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT IN CONFERENCE this 14TH day of DECEMBER, 2020.

Gurich, C.J., Darby, V.C.J., Kauger, Winchester, Edmondson, Colbert, Combs and Kane, JJ., concur;

Rowe, J., not voting.

EXHIBIT 1

Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings of the State Board of Examiners of Certified Shorthand Reporters

Chapter 20, App. 2

Rule 7. Disciplinary Hearings.

a) The Board, under signature of the Chairpersonman on behalf of the Board, shall have power to issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses on behalf of the State or the court reporter involved.

b) The Chairpersonman shall preside over formal disciplinary hearings and, if necessary, rule on questions of procedure. Disciplinary hearings shall be conducted in an orderly manner, generally following the order of proceedings in civil matters. However, the formal rules of evidence and civil procedure shall not apply to disciplinary hearings before the Board. Any evidence offered on behalf of the complainant or the court reporter respondent shall be received and considered unless clearly irrelevant to the proceedings. The court reporter shall have the right to appear personally or through counsel, cross examine witnesses and present evidence on his/her own behalf. A complete stenographic record of formal disciplinary hearings before the Board shall be kept. The complainant shall have the burden of persuasion on the material elements of the complaint. Hearings may be adjourned or continued...

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