388. 'Correspondence'.

For the purposes of Article 81 'correspondence' includes written communications, electronic communications and telephone communications2. The question of the violation of the right to respect for correspondence has been raised most frequently in respect of restrictions on prisoners' correspondence, with a particular emphasis on the importance of preserving the ability of a prisoner to correspond with lawyers and with the European Court of Human Rights3. Article 8 affords strengthened protection to exchanges between lawyers and their clients and specifically protects legal professional privilege4. Prisoners are entitled to be given access to prison rules governing the manner of processing their