SFO Welcomes Court Decision Enforcing Its Secrecy Requirements
The Serious Fraud Office has welcomed a court decision
confirming the confidentiality of material that was
inadvertently disclosed by the agency to the defendants in
the National Party donations case.
The material was
disclosed recently during the course of the agency’s
compliance with its normal disclosure obligations.
SFO acted with an abundance of care in seeking the court
order as one of the parties had reportedly expressed an
interest in publishing the material.
believes that any publication of the material would have
breached the SFO’s secrecy provisions and been contrary to
requirements of confidentiality applying to the use of
material obtained through court proceedings. However, the
SFO sought a court order to ensure there was no doubt that
the material remained confidential.
The SFO takes
every step necessary to protect the security and
confidentiality of material received in the course of an
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