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EVIDENCE ACT 1995 - SECT 117

Definitions

117 Definitions

(1) In this Division:

"client" includes the following:
(a) a person or body who engages a lawyer to provide legal services or who employs a lawyer (including under a contract of service),
(b) an employee or agent of a client,
(c) an employer of a lawyer if the employer is:
(i) the Commonwealth or a State or Territory, or
(ii) a body established by a law of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory,
(d) if, under a law of a State or Territory relating to persons of unsound mind, a manager, committee or person (however described) is for the time being acting in respect of the person, estate or property of a client--a manager, committee or person so acting,
(e) if a client has died--a personal representative of the client,
(f) a successor to the rights and obligations of a client, being rights and obligations in respect of which a confidential communication was made.

"confidential communication" means a communication made in such circumstances that, when it was made:
(a) the person who made it, or
(b) the person to whom it was made,
was under an express or implied obligation not to disclose its contents, whether or not the obligation arises under law.

"confidential document" means a document prepared in such circumstances that, when it was prepared:
(a) the person who prepared it, or
(b) the person for whom it was prepared,
was under an express or implied obligation not to disclose its contents, whether or not the obligation arises under law.

"lawyer" means an Australian lawyer, a foreign lawyer, or an employee or agent of either of them.

"party" includes the following:
(a) an employee or agent of a party,
(b) if, under a law of a State or Territory relating to persons of unsound mind, a manager, committee or person (however described) is for the time being acting in respect of the person, estate or property of a party--a manager, committee or person so acting,
(c) if a party has died--a personal representative of the party,
(d) a successor to the rights and obligations of a party, being rights and obligations in respect of which a confidential communication was made.
(2) A reference in this Division to the commission of an act includes a reference to a failure to act.



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