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Appeals Court: Commissioner Has Right To Access Files

INFORMATION ACCESS

November 11, 2011

Newfoundland and Labrador Information and Privacy Commissioner Ed Ring is pleased with a court of appeal ruling that the provincial Department of Justice (DOJ) should have turned over information he requested, Lawyers Weekly reports. The DOJ had denied Ring's request for records, claiming solicitor-client privilege under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Overturning a Supreme Court Trial Division ruling, Justice Michael Harrington wrote in his decision that "the commissioner's routine exercise of his authority to review solicitor-client privileged materials is absolutely necessary." Ring's attorney called the decision a "very important one."  

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