Architectural Institute of BC

The Architectural Institute of BC’s (“AIBC”) lawyer investigated a complaint about the applicant. AIBC refused to disclose a copy of the lawyer’s investigation report to the applicant, under s. 13 (advice and recommendations), s. 14 (solicitor client privilege) and s. 22 (unreasonable invasion of personal privacy) of FIPPA. The applicant requested that the parties’ dispute over the matter proceed to inquiry. AIBC requested the Commissioner exercise her discretion under s. 56 of FIPPA to not conduct an inquiry. The adjudicator granted AIBC’s request because it was plain and obvious that the report was protected by solicitor client privilege and could be withheld under s. 14 of FIPPA.

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