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What public records are protected by Attorney Client privilege?

What public records are protected by Attorney Client privilege?

(Public Records Act, Attorney Client privilege) Permanent link

The attorney client privilege is “narrow privilege” and protects only communications and [legal] advice between attorney and client.  Hangartner v. City of Seattle, 151 Wn.2d 439 (2004).  It does not protect documents prepared for some other purpose even if they are attached in a communication to an attorney. 

The Attorney General has prepared guidance on how to disclose public records subject to the attorney client privilege.  Page 5 of the guidance recommends redacting privileged information and disclosing the remainder of a document.  The guidance memo is on our web site.

Posted by Open Government Ombudsman at 07/15/2009 02:49:35 PM 


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