real life dropout and online overachiever (rynne) wrote in little_details,
real life dropout and online overachiever

what's required to look at client files?

My story's set in the mid-late 1990's, Georgetown/DC area. My character's a psychiatrist, and the FBI wants to look at one of his client's files. I'm pretty sure you need either the signed consent of the client or something else for that, but I'm not sure what the something else is. My first thought was subpoena, but when I looked it up on wikipedia, it said that's a summons to bring the documents to court, and I just want to be able to look at it, not necessarily bring it to court. So, what's actually required to look through someone's client file?

In wikipedia, I looked up subpoena and court order, and on google I looked up "required to look through a client/patient file". I'm not sure how to narrow it down properly, so I thought I'd come ask here.
Tags: usa: government: law enforcement (misc)

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