State v. Locke

In State v. Locke, 177 Wis. 2d 590, 502 N.W.2d 891 (Ct. App. 1993), the Court determined that the scope of the general rule of privilege included communications between a patient and his social worker. In deciding this issue, the Court asserted that "the patient's objectively reasonable perceptions and expectations of the medical provider are the proper gauge of the scope of the sec. 905.04 privilege. The patient's intent to disclose confidential information is crucial in determining whether a valid privilege exists." Locke, 177 Wis. 2d at 604, 502 N.W.2d at 897. Locke explained that the general rule of patient-doctor privilege included certain communications made to social workers.