work product doctrine


: a doctrine or rule that protects an attorney's work product from discovery

called also work product rule

Note: This doctrine applies to work product of all kinds, but it may be waived for certain materials (as documents) if the party seeking discovery shows that it has a substantial need of the materials in preparing its own case and that it is unable without undue hardship to obtain the substantial equivalent of the materials by other means.

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“Work product doctrine.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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