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Supreme Court Says Legal Advice Exempt from Review

INFORMATION ACCESS

February 19, 2010

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador ruled this week that the provincial information and privacy commissioner was not entitled to access certain legal information in the course of investigations due to attorney-client privilege considerations, reports The Telegram. The ruling follows a suit filed by the Williams administration to block the commissioner's access to documents it held on a former government employee. In a letter to the attorney general last year, Commissioner Ed Ring warned that such a ruling would "undermine the confidence of the public in my office and in the principles of openness, transparency and accountability."
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