A new case on subpoena objections has been added to the By Lawyers Reference Guide 101 Subpoena Answers.
In Weeks v Nationwide News Pty Ltd  WASC 268, the court considered whether a subpoena in a defamation case should be set aside for lack of a legitimate forensic purpose (LFP).
The court succinctly stated the law on LFP, to the effect that The issuing party must identify expressly and with precision the legitimate forensic purpose for which they seek access to the documents. The issuing party must then satisfy the court that it is ‘on the cards’ that the documents would materially assist the issuing party in their defence‘.
In this regard the Court followed the leading LFP cases of R v Saleam (1989) 16 NSWLR 14 and Alister v R (1984) 154 CLR 404, 414. The Court also followed the earlier Western Australian full court decision of Stanley v Layne Christensen Co  WASCA 50 regarding legitimate forensic purpose. The subpoena in this case was set aside.
This Western Australian decision has been added to 101 Subpoena Answers under the section on Legitimate forensic purpose in civil cases. This publication is an excellent resource for practitioners conducting litigation and dealing with subpoenas in all courts, whether issuing or responding, and including subpoena objections.
101 Subpoena Answers is available in all By Lawyers state court Litigation publications, as well as our Family Law, Family Provision, Injuries, Employment Law and Defamation guides.