An internal investigation is an important mechanism an organization can use to address an allegation of wrongdoing, determine legal liability, identify individuals or parties with culpability, comply with regulatory requirements, develop corrective measures and enhance operational efficiencies. Buckner is pleased to continue its blog series highlighting best practices, strategies and techniques that can be used by organizational leaders and counsel during an internal investigation. Today’s post will discuss planning an internal investigation:
An investigator should spend sufficient time planning his/her investigation before conducting any activities. Proper planning ensures the investigation will be efficient, objective and thorough. For example, comprehensive planning includes several elements, including, but not limited to:
- List individuals to interview.
- List evidence to collect.
- Decide whether interim corrective measures are needed.
- List core laws/rules, facts and issues.
- Create the confidential case management (investigation) file
- Determine the logistics of future investigation interviews (e.g., location, order, method of recording).
- Identify legal or regulatory issues that need to be considered during investigation.
- Determine if forensics are necessary to collect and analyze evidence.
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