Definitions for "Privileged communication"
The communication between parties in a confidential relationship that is protected by statute. A spouse, doctor, lawyer, pastor, psychologist, or psychiatrist cannot be forced, except under unusual circumstances, to disclose such information.
Certain communications made by parties within a special relationship such as solicitor-client are protected by law from forced disclosure on the witness stand. The privilege belongs to the client and can be waived by him or her.
A statement made by a person to another that is protected by law from disclosure. A privilege may be absolute or qualified. A statement by a client to his or her lawyer is privileged under the attorney-client privilege. A statement given by a witness to an official of the Office of Risk Management is subject to qualified privilege and may not be disclosed without a showing of good cause. Tennessee law does not recognize a formal doctor-patient privilege, but the ethical principles of the profession require that medical information be retained in a confidential manner. For more details, contact the Office of Risk Management (936-0660) or the Office of General Counsel (936-0323).