In certain circumstances you can use a special right that means you can refuse to hand over documents to the court or answer certain questions even if those documents or questions are relevant to the case. This is called the “doctrine of privilege”.
There are two main types of privilege:
- Private privilege
- Public interest privilege
You have a "privilege against self-incrimination". This means that you can refuse to answer questions or hand over documents that may implicate you in criminal proceedings.
You may have a "legal professional privilege". This means that a legal advisor and their client cannot be forced to reveal communications between them.
In addition, if any communication is made when legal action is being considered, then that communication is privileged even if it is not a communication between lawyer and client.
Priests are allowed to refuse to answer questions relating to what was said in the confessional. This is known as the "sacerdotal privilege". Similarly, communications with a counsellor may also be privileged.
Public interest privilege
You should get legal advice for more detailed information on this.