Privilege Protects Party’s Notes Taken at Direction of Counsel and Communications With Mental Health Treatment Team Member Supervised by Psychotherapist [Civil Litigation Update]

Thomas Wilkinson and Isaac Binkovitz of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discuss mental health treatment communications in the Pennsylvania Bar Associations Civil Litigation Update.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held that (1) a court order compelling the production of privileged documents for in camera review was immediately appealable; (2) the psychotherapist-patient privilege protected statements made by a party to a licensed psychotherapist or to one working on the treatment team under the psychotherapist’s supervision; and (3) the attorney-client privilege protected notes taken by a party for and at the direction of counsel in depositions or in the course of related litigation. Farrell v. Regola, No. 566 WDA 2015, 2016 WL 6635088 (Nov. 8, 2016).

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