(a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) "Compliance review committee" means an audit, loan review, or compliance committee appointed by the board of directors of a bank, or any other person to the extent the person acts at the direction of or reports to such a committee, whose functions are to audit, evaluate, report, or determine compliance with any of the following:
a. Loan underwriting standards.
b. Asset quality.
c. Financial reporting to federal or State regulatory agencies.
d. Adherence to the bank's investment, lending, accounting, ethical, or risk assessment, and financial standards.
e. Compliance with federal or State statutory requirements.
(2) "Compliance review documents" means documents prepared for or created by a compliance review committee.
(3) "Government agency" means a state or federal regulatory body that is not a bank supervisory agency that has jurisdiction over a bank's compliance with state or federal laws or regulations, including those dealing with taxes, securities, or financial reporting.
(4) "Loan review committee" means a person or group of persons who, on behalf of a bank, reviews assets, including loans held by the bank, for the purpose of assessing the credit quality of the loans or the loan application process, compliance with the bank's investment and loan policies, and compliance with applicable law and regulations.
(b) Banks shall maintain complete records of compliance review documents, and the documents shall be available for examination by the Commissioner or any bank supervisory agency or government agency having jurisdiction. Notwithstanding Chapter 132 of the General Statutes, compliance review documents in the custody of a bank, the Commissioner, a government agency, or a bank supervisory agency are confidential, are not open for public inspection, and are not discoverable or admissible in evidence in a civil action against a bank, its directors, officers, or employees, unless the court finds that the interests of justice require that the documents be discoverable or admissible in evidence. (2012-56, s. 4.)
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