Methods of File Destruction

Client Confidentiality

Confidentiality should be a major concern when you finally decide to dispose of a file. Chapter 3.3, Rule 3.3-1 of the BC Code require you to hold all of your client’s information in strict confidence, excepting certain circumstances as described in that Rule, and Rules 3.3-2 to 3.3-6.

You should create firm policies for the disposal of materials within the office, and review them with any outside shredding or recycling suppliers that you retain. From time to time, all lawyers and staff within your firm should be reminded of the obligation to safeguard client information and the firm’s policies in that regard.