Generally, relevant evidence will be admitted in a proceeding. However, not all relevant evidence will be considered by a court. The law recognizes various privileges which bar relevant evidence from being considered, if the privileges apply. For example solicitor-client privilege, litigation privilege and informer privilege are all recognized by our courts. These privileges are based on important values in our legal system.
If you are involved in a legal proceeding your evidence must be analyzed to determine what evidence you must produce and which evidence is cloaked with a privilege recognized at law. At the same time you must be alert to your adversary’s privilege claim to determine whether it is legitimate. Sometimes privilege claims have no merit.
William Poulos, Barrister