Report Title:

Records of Defendants Committed to a Hospital Controlled by the Director of Health or to Custody of Director of Health

 

Description:

Requires the courts to provide the Director of the Department of Health (DOH) records of defendants court-ordered to the State Hospital or related facility under the cognizance of the Department.

 


THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

3069

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

RELATING TO RECORDS OF DEFENDANTS COMMITTED TO A HOSPITAL CONTROLLED BY THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH OR TO CUSTODY OF DIRECTOR OF HEALTH.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


†††† SECTION 1.† Section 704-404, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (8) to read as follows:

†††† "(8)† The court shall obtain all existing[,] medical, mental health, social, police, and juvenile records, including those expunged, and other pertinent records in the custody of public agencies, notwithstanding any other statutes, and make such records available for inspection by the examiners.† If, pursuant to this section, the court orders the defendant committed to a hospital or other suitable facility under the control of the director of health, then the court shall provide copies of all aforementioned records to the director of health with the exception of those expunged."

†††† SECTION 2.† Section 704-406, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (1) to read as follows:

†††† "(1)† If the court determines that the defendant lacks fitness to proceed, the proceeding against the defendant shall be suspended, except as provided in section 704-407, and the court shall commit the defendant to the custody of the director of health to be placed in an appropriate institution for detention, care, and treatment. If the court is satisfied that the defendant may be released on condition without danger to the defendant or to the person or property of others, the court shall order the defendant's release, which shall continue at the discretion of the court on conditions the court determines necessary.† A copy of the report filed pursuant to section 704-404 shall be attached to the order of commitment or order of release on conditions.† When the defendant is committed to the custody of the director of health for detention, care, and treatment, unless already provided pursuant to section 704-404(8), the court shall provide the director of health copies of all existing medical, mental health, social, police, and juvenile records, including other pertinent records in the custody of public agencies obtained pursuant to section 704-404(8), with the exception of expunged records.† Records shall not be re-disclosed except to the extent permitted by law."

†††† SECTION 3.† Section 704-411, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (1) to read as follows:

†††† "(1)† When a defendant is acquitted on the ground of physical or mental disease, disorder, or defect excluding responsibility, the court, on the basis of the report made pursuant to section 704-404, if uncontested, or the medical or psychological evidence given at the trial or at a separate hearing, shall make an order as follows:

††† (a)†† The court shall order the defendant to be committed to the custody of the director of health to be placed in an appropriate institution for custody, care, and treatment if the court finds that the defendant:

†††††††† (i)† Is affected by a physical or mental disease, disorder, or defect;

††††††† (ii)† Presents a risk of danger to self or others; and

†††††† (iii)† Is not a proper subject for conditional release;

††††††††† provided that the director of health shall place defendants charged with misdemeanors or felonies not involving violence or attempted violence in the least restrictive environment appropriate in light of the defendantís treatment needs and the need to prevent harm to the person confined and others[;].† Unless already provided pursuant to sections 704-404(8) or 704-406(1), the court shall provide the director of health copies of all existing medical, mental health, social, police, and juvenile records, including other pertinent records in the custody of public agencies that have been obtained pursuant to section 704-404(8), with the exception of expunged records.† Records shall not be re-disclosed except to the extent permitted by law; or

††† (b)†† The court shall order the defendant to be released on such conditions as the court deems necessary if the court finds that the defendant is affected by physical or mental disease, disorder, or defect and that the defendant presents a danger to self or others, but that the defendant can be controlled adequately and given proper care, supervision, and treatment if the defendant is released on condition; or

††† (c)†† The court shall order the defendant discharged if the court finds that the defendant is no longer affected by physical or mental disease, disorder, or defect or, if so affected, that the defendant no longer presents a danger to self or others and is not in need of care, supervision, or treatment."

†††† SECTION 4.† Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.† New statutory material is underscored.

†††† SECTION 5.† This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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BY REQUEST