January 21, 2013, 16:58D.Merritt
CCP 57.03 -- disclosure of victim where a pseudonym has been used
Anyone have an idea how the prohibition on disclosing the identity of a victim who has chosen to use a pseudonym would work in a parental termination case?
(a) A public servant with access to the name, address, or telephone number of a victim 17 years of age or older who has chosen a pseudonym under this chapter commits an offense if the public servant knowingly discloses the name, address, or telephone number of the victim to any person who is not assisting in the investigation or prosecution of the offense or to any person other than the defendant, the defendant's attorney, or the person specified in the order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
Would that prohibit a police officer from testifying - where there is an indictment with a pseudonym -- that the respondent parent's daughter told him that the respondent sexually assaulted her?
As far as I can tell, the statute has never been cited. Presumably, the termination court is a court of competent jurisdiction that could authorize the disclosure.
I would like to say that 57.03 just prevents revealing that the pseudonym refers to person X, but the statute seems broader than that.