9253. Production of Witness Statements
Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 9251(b),
(1) A Respondent in a disciplinary proceeding may file a motion requesting that the Department of Enforcement produce for inspection and copying any statement of any person called or to be called as a witness by the Department of Enforcement that pertains, or is expected to pertain, to his or her direct testimony and which is "a stenographic, mechanical, electrical, or other recording, or a transcription thereof, which is a substantially verbatim recital of an oral statement made by said witness and recorded contemporaneously with the making of such oral statement," as that phrase is used in 18 U.S.C. § 3500(e)(2).
(2) A Respondent in a disciplinary proceeding may also file a motion requesting that the Department of Enforcement produce for inspection and copying any contemporaneously written statement made by an Interested FINRA Staff member during a routine examination or inspection about the substance of oral statements made by a non-FINRA person when (a) either the Interested FINRA Staff member or non-FINRA person is called as a witness by the Department of Enforcement, and (b) that portion of the statement for which production is sought directly relates to the Interested FINRA Staff member's testimony or the testimony of the non-FINRA witness.
(b) Failure to Produce — Harmless Error
In the event that a statement required to be made available for inspection and copying by a Respondent is not provided by the Department of Enforcement, there shall be no rehearing of a proceeding already heard, or issuance of an amended decision in a proceeding already decided, unless the Respondent establishes that the failure to provide the statement was not harmless error. The Hearing Officer, or upon appeal or review, a Subcommittee, an Extended Proceeding Committee, or the National Adjudicatory Council, shall determine whether the failure to provide any statement was not harmless error, applying applicable FINRA, SEC, and federal judicial precedent.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2018-027 eff. Aug. 3, 2018.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2008-021 eff. Dec. 15, 2008.
Amended by SR-NASD-99-76 eff. Sept. 11, 2000.
Amended by SR-NASD-97-81 eff. Jan. 16, 1998.
Adopted by SR-NASD-97-28 eff. Aug. 7, 1997.
Selected Notices: 00-56, 08-57.