A judge hearing a family case may access and review the files of any related case whether pending or closed. This may aid in carrying out the court’s responsibilities. The court may also access and review the file of any related case. A related family case is another pending or closed case separate from the pending case. Judges or authorized court personnel cannot disclose confidential information and documents contained in related case files, except in accord with any applicable state or federal confidentiality laws. Authorized court staff may advise the court about the existence of related legal proceedings, as well as the legal issues involved, and administrative information about such cases.