Deliberative Process Privilege Law and Legal Definition

Deliberative process privilege is a privilege exempting the government from disclosure of government agency materials containing opinions, recommendations, and other communications that are part of the decision-making process within the agency. This encourages open and independent discussion among those who develop government policy. The theory behind the protection is that by guaranteeing confidentiality, the government will receive better or more candid advice, recommendations and opinions, resulting in better decisions for society as a whole.