We understand your concerns about privacy and confidentiality. JCJ is equally sensitive about your career and reputation. We know it is difficult to ask for help. JCJ discreetly provides resources, support and information.
Your call to us and the help we provide is confidential.
Guidance from the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recognizes that judges and lawyers may become ill and need to seek specialized treatment. The Court further recognizes that fear of disclosure will prevent many from seeking help. Rule 8.3 (c) of the Rules of Professional Conduct addresses that concern by providing an exception to the duty to report: “The Rule does not require disclosure of information otherwise protected by Rule 1.6 or information gained by a lawyer or judge while participating in an approved lawyers assistance program.” Comment 7 explains: “… providing for an exception … encourages lawyers and judges to seek treatment through such a program. Conversely, without such an exception, lawyers and judges may hesitate to seek assistance from these programs, which may then result in additional harm to their professional careers and additional injury to the welfare of clients and to the public.” (emphasis added)
We Protect Your Identity and Information
Despite our assurances of confidentiality we know you may still be hesitant to call the Judges’ Confidential Helpline. It is our wish that you find comfort in the following:
- You may remain anonymous when you call the Helpline for information about our services.
- It is our policy of to protect your identity. We will not disclose your full name or any other identifying information without your prior consent. This includes not revealing your identity to LCL staff or JCJ volunteers without your consent.
- Your consultation with a healthcare provider (provided and paid for by LCL) is protected in accordance with state and federal regulations concerning privacy and confidentiality.
- JCJ does not report or disclose any identifying information to the Supreme Court, the Judicial Conduct Board, the Disciplinary Board, the Board of Law Examiners or any other agency of the Supreme Court.
- JCJ does not report or disclose any identifying information to the Conference of State Trial Judges, Pennsylvania Bar Association, local bar associations or any judicial or law related organization.