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EVIDENCE ACT 1995 - SECT 125

Loss of client legal privilege: misconduct

125 Loss of client legal privilege: misconduct

(1) This Division does not prevent the adducing of evidence of:
(a) a communication made or the contents of a document prepared by a client or lawyer (or both), or a party who is not represented in the proceeding by a lawyer, in furtherance of the commission of a fraud or an offence or the commission of an act that renders a person liable to a civil penalty, or
(b) a communication or the contents of a document that the client or lawyer (or both), or the party, knew or ought reasonably to have known was made or prepared in furtherance of a deliberate abuse of a power.
(2) For the purposes of this section, if the commission of the fraud, offence or act, or the abuse of power, is a fact in issue and there are reasonable grounds for finding that:
(a) the fraud, offence or act, or the abuse of power, was committed, and
(b) a communication was made or document prepared in furtherance of the commission of the fraud, offence or act or the abuse of power,
the court may find that the communication was so made or the document so prepared.
(3) In this section:

"power" means a power conferred by or under an Australian law.



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