A legal investigator is dedicated to a search for truth and the furtherance of his or her employer’s or client’s interest consistent therewith. This search for truth makes possible the establishment of the American ideals of fairness and justice for the benefit of the client in every case that the investigator works on. It should be the intention of every investigator to deal honestly, justly and courteously with all whom he or she comes in contact and to practice the profession according to this Code of Ethics.
The Legal Investigator will extend the effectiveness of his or her profession by cooperating with other investigators and related professions and by the exchange of information and experience so long as the interests of clients or employers are not violated.
The Legal Investigator will not advertise his or her work, skill or merit in an unprofessional manner or in dramatic, misleading or exaggerated fashion, and will avoid all conduct or practice likely to discredit or do injury to dignity and honor of the profession.
Relations With The Public
The Legal Investigator will, when the appropriate opportunity presents itself, explain to the public the role of the professional investigator in the furtherance of the administration of justice. Furthermore, the Legal Investigator:
Will not knowingly violate any right or privilege of any individual citizen which may be guaranteed or provided by the United States Constitution, any State constitution, or the laws of the State and Federal Governments or any subdivision thereof;
Will make all reporting based upon truth and fact and will only express honest opinions based thereon;
Will not disclose or relate or betray in any fashion that trust of confidence placed in him or her by either client, employer or associate, without consent;
Will not suggest, condone or participate in any fashion or degree, for any purpose whatsoever, in entrapment;
Shall refrain from accepting an assignment or employment if a personal conflict of interest lies therein;
Will deal fairly and equitably with his client or employer, and will clearly explain the duties and charges in each undertaking;
Will guard against employing those techniques, or utilizing such equipment or devices which may threaten the life, limb or safety of another;
Will not accept commissions or allowance, directly or indirectly, from independent contractors or other parties dealing with his or her client, employer or associate in connection with work for which the Legal Investigator is responsible; and
The Legal Investigator will not allow personal feelings or prejudices to interfere with factual and truthful disclosures on the assignments in which he or she has been employed or consulted.
Relations With Investigators
The Legal Investigator will endeavor to provide the opportunity, education, and skill for the professional development and advancement of investigators in the profession. Furthermore, he or she:
Will not directly or indirectly injure the professional reputation, prospects, or practice of another investigator. However, if he or she considers that an investigator is guilty of unethical, illegal, or unfair practice or designs, he or she will present the information to the proper authority for action;
Will uphold, and never abuse, the principle of appropriate and adequate compensation for those engaged in investigative work;
Will not criticize another investigator’s work except in the proper forum for technical discussion and criticism;
Will not compete illegally with other investigators in the solicitation of work;
Shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law; and
The Legal Investigator shall not solicit clientele for any attorney.