Rhines v. Standley et al
ORDER granting 59 Unopposed Motion Allowing CYFD to Release Records by Magistrate Judge Carmen E. Garza. (atc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
J.R., a minor, by and through
Jennifer Rhines, her next friend
and mother, et al.,
CV No. 17-431 RB/CG
CHRIS STANDLEY, et al.,
ORDER GRANTING UNOPPOSED MOTION ALLOWING
CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY SERVICES TO RELEASE RECORDS
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Defendants’ Unopposed Motion for Order
Allowing Children, Youth, and Family Services to Release Records, (Doc. 59), filed
October 11, 2017. In the Motion, Defendants state that the parties have a legitimate
interest medical records, information, and testimony pertaining to Plaintiff J.R., which
are in the possession of the New Mexico Children Youth and Family Department
(“CYFD”), and Defendants ask the Court to enter this order to allow the disclosure of
those records. The Court, having read the motion, noting that it is not opposed by
counsel for Plaintiffs or by counsel for CYFD, and being otherwise fully advised, finds
that the disclosure of these records to the parties is appropriate based on the claims
and defenses of the parties in the current action. In addition, the disclosure of these
records is appropriate and in accord with N.M.S.A. 1978 § 32A-4-33(B)(19).
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
CYFD shall comply with appropriate subpoenas/subpoenas duces tecum
compelling production of records and/or testimony in this matter.
The party issuing a subpoena duces tecum compelling production of
records in this matter shall share all of the records or information produced with all the
other parties in this matter along with a copy of this Order within four days of receipt of
the materials from CYFD.
The use of any record from CYFD compelled by subpoena duces tecum,
or the proffering of any testimony from CYFD, including current or former employees,
shall be subject to the following restrictions:
No reference of any kind to CYFD or any CYFD information and
records, whether made through testimony, argument, presentation of exhibits, or
otherwise, shall be made unless the courtroom or other location shall first have been
cleared of everyone other than essential court personnel, the parties, counsel for the
parties, CYFD personnel, and any other individuals the Court determines have a
legitimate interest pursuant to N.M.S.A. 1978 § 32A-4-33(B)(19), and those remaining in
the courtroom or other location shall be advised of the statutory confidentiality
requirements concerning the information and records referenced.
All CYFD records that are produced, whether offered as exhibits or
not, shall not be disclosed to anyone other than the parties and the Court and any other
individuals the Court determines have a legitimate interest pursuant to NMSA 1978 §
32A-4-33(B)(19), and shall be either returned to CYFD at the close of the hearing in
which they are produced, or maintained in the files of the Court in a manner to protect
the confidentiality of these records. The parties shall destroy the CYFD records in their
possession upon the determination in the trial or hearing in which they were offered and
any appeal from the same.
Anyone who receives documents or information under this Order
shall be prohibited from redisclosure of those documents and of information contained
in those documents and of any other information obtained from CYFD, except
information of which that party has independent knowledge, but only to the extent of that
If CYFD represents that the documents and information are
otherwise privileged by law, or that disclosure would be likely to endanger the life or
safety of any person providing information to the department, this Court shall review the
documents and information in camera prior to disclosure so that redaction can be made,
All portions of the court record which contains reference to CYFD
records and information shall be sealed and closed to anyone other than essential court
personnel, the parties, counsel for the parties, CYFD personnel, and any individuals the
Court determines have a legitimate interest pursuant to NMSA 1978 § 32A-4-33(B)(19).
Nothing in this Order shall be construed to apply to release of
privileged information or to release of any information protected by NMSA 1978 § 32A4-4(A) concerning a person reporting child abuse or neglect.
THE HONORABLE CARMEN E. GARZA
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
ATWOOD, MALONE, TURNER & SABIN, P.A.
/s/ Barbara Evans
Bryan Evans, Esq.
Barbara Evans, Esq.
Quincy J. Perales, Esq.
Post Office Drawer 700
Roswell, NM 88202-0700
Attorneys for Defendants
1121 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Pia Gallegos Law Firm P.C.
116 14th St. S.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Attorneys for Plaintiff
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