New Security Services Act

Members are advised that the Security Services Act came into force on September 1, 2008. This Act requires all private investigators to obtain a security worker licence from the Registrar of Security Services. Lawyers who retain or employ investigators in connection with client file matters will need to ensure that all investigators are licensed in accordance with the Act.

In consultation with the government prior to the introduction of the Act, the Law Society identified the need to ensure that privileged client information collected by an investigator employed or retained by a lawyer or law firm could not be disclosed to the Registrar of Security Services in the course of the Registrar’s official duties.

With this in mind, the Law Society and the Registrar have agreed upon a protocol that will provide for the protection of privileged client information in the event the Registrar makes a demand for the production of information from the files of a lawyer or an investigator retained or employed by a lawyer in connection with a client matter.

For more information about the new legislation and for access to licensing forms, visit the website of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General..