B.C. Hydro & Power Authority v. The "CSL Cabo"

In Admiralty Practice, Discovery on (Updated )

This was a motion to compel production of a report prepared by the Plaintiff. The evidence established that the Plaintiff was requested to prepare the report by its counsel. Plaintiff’s counsel requested the report "for use in litigation". A later memo of the Plaintiff recorded that the report was required "for file and legal purposes". The Plaintiff claimed the report was protected from production by litigation privilege. The major issue on the motion was whose intention was relevant in determining whether the dominant purpose for the preparation of the report was for use in contemplated litigation. The court held that it was Plaintiff’s counsel that procured the genesis of the report and that his intention ought to govern. Accordingly, the report was held to be privileged.