Statutory Rights Of An Auditor


Statutory Rights Of An Auditor

Statutory Rights of an Auditor:

Access to Books and Records:

  1. Auditors have the statutory right to access all the books, records, and financial documents of the company under audit. This access is crucial for them to conduct a thorough examination of the company's financial affairs.

Examination of Transactions:

  1. Auditors can review and scrutinize all financial transactions of the company, ensuring that they are accurately recorded and reported in the financial statements.

Right to Obtain Information:

  1. Auditors can request and receive information from company management and employees to obtain explanations and clarifications regarding financial records, transactions, and operations.


  1. Auditors are required to maintain their independence from the company being audited to ensure that their judgment and objectivity are not compromised. They should not have any financial or personal interests that could affect their impartiality.

Reporting to Shareholders:

  1. Auditors are typically obligated to provide an annual report to the shareholders of the company at the annual general meeting. This report includes the auditor's opinion on the accuracy of the financial statements and any significant discrepancies or issues uncovered during the audit.

Legal Protections:

  1. In many jurisdictions, auditors are protected by legal provisions that shield them from lawsuits initiated by the company, provided they have performed their audit duties in good faith. However, they can be held legally accountable for negligence or breaches of their duties.

Right to Inspect Company Premises:

  1. Auditors may have the right to inspect the company's premises, including its physical assets, to verify their existence and condition.

Confirmation of Third-Party Balances:

  1. Auditors have the right to confirm balances and transactions with third parties, such as banks and suppliers, to ensure the accuracy of financial records.

Right to a Management Letter:

  1. Auditors can issue a management letter to communicate their recommendations and suggestions for improving the company's financial and accounting practices.

Retention of Records:

  1. Auditors are entitled to retain audit working papers and records for a specific period, which varies by jurisdiction. This ensures that documentation is available for reference and review.

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