4.0805 Legislative oversight.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. § 4.0805 ]

(a) Oversight of Conduct of Independent Prosecutor.

(1) Legislative oversight. The appropriate committees of the Legislature shall have oversight jurisdiction with respect to the official conduct of any independent prosecutor appointed under this chapter, and such independent prosecutor shall have the duty to cooperate with the exercise of such oversight jurisdiction.

(2) Reports to Legislature. An independent prosecutor appointed under this chapter shall submit to the Legislature annually a report on the activities of the independent prosecutor, including a description of the progress of any investigation or prosecution conducted by the independent prosecutor. Such report may omit any matter that in the judgment of the independent prosecutor should be kept confidential, but shall provide information adequate to justify the expenditures that the office of the independent prosecutor has made.

(b) Oversight of Conduct of Attorney General. Within 15 days after receiving an inquiry about a particular case under this chapter, which is a matter of public knowledge, from a committee of the Legislature with jurisdiction over this chapter, the Attorney General shall provide the following information to that committee with respect to that case.

(1) When the information about the case was received.

(2) Whether a preliminary investigation is being conducted, and if so, the date it began.

(3) Whether an application for the appointment of an independent prosecutor or a notification that further investigation is not warranted has been filed with the division of the court, and if so, the date of such filing.

(c) Information Relating to Impeachment. An independent prosecutor shall advise the House of Representatives of any substantial and credible information which such independent prosecutor receives, in carrying out the independent prosecutor’s responsibilities under this chapter, that may constitute grounds for an impeachment. Nothing in this chapter or section 4.0810 of this title shall prevent the Legislature or either Chamber thereof from obtaining information in the course of an impeachment proceeding.

History: 2000, PL 26-30.