work product rule

work product rule
Under this rule any notes, working papers, memoranda or similar materials, prepared by an attorney in anticipation of litigation, are protected from discovery. Fed.R.Civ.Proc. 26(bX3).
See Hickman v. Taylor, 329 U.S. 495, 67 S.Ct. 385, 91 L.Ed. 451.
Most states have codified the work product rule in some form either by statute or court rule.
This rule has been interpreted to include private memoranda, written statements of witnesses and mental impressions of personal recollections prepared or formed by attorney in anticipation of litigation or for trial. Com. of Puerto Rico v. S S Zoe Colocotroni, D.C.Puerto Rico, 61 F.R.D. 653, 658

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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