Ethical dilemma

Ethical dilemma

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Ethical dilemma when serial killer client reveals location of bodies to lawyer

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  • Serial killer reveals location of previously undisclosed victims' bodies
  • The bodies are at the bottom of Botany Bay. 
  • Folsom Prison Visitors' Centre
  • Oh s**t! Why did you have to tell me that??
  • To tell or not to tell...
  • Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules
  • What will I do? What do the rules say? 
  • The Rules
  • There's a conflict in the rules. If I tell, I'm not acting in the best interests of my client. If I don't tell, I'm not fulfilling my duty to the court. Justice won't be served. 
  • Rule 9: A solicitor must not disclose confidential client information which has been acquired by the solicitor during the course of the engagement
  • Rule 3.1: A solicitor’s duty to the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty 
  • Rule 4.1.1: A solicitor must act in the best interests of a client
  • Will we ever find our darling daughter's body?
  • Not telling No justice. The families never know where their loved one is buried.  The community is angry. 
  • We can't rest until we find her. We'll never be happy again.
  • We miss our sister
  • Telling You've betrayed the confidence of the client but served justice. Everyone (except the killer) is pleased with the outcome. 
  • Justice is served
  • [Relief] We can finally give our beloved daughter the burial she deserves!
  • Option 1: Tell the authorities
  • If you were the lawyer who knew this dreadful secret, what would you do? 
  • ???
  • Option 2: Don't tell. Keep the secret forever. 
  • Option 3: Make an anonymous call to Crimestoppers. 
  • You b****!! I told you that in confidence. I'll kill you.....
  • Which option will give the best outcome for: - the serial killer client? - victims' families? - society? - justice? 
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