How open are Canada’s courts?

Friday, August 29, 2014

The “open court” principle—the public’s right to have access to their court system—is a fundamental element of the Canadian judiciary. While many policies ensure the courts are open to the public, there are cases where limits are imposed on the accessibility of court records and proceedings. These especially have a hand in determining if and how media can report information about and from Canada’s courts.

CJFE’s 2013-14 Review of Free Expression in Canada features a cross-country comparison of federal and provincial courts to make sense the different levels of openness in the Canadian justice system. Which provinces ban the use of cameras in court buildings? Are transcripts of court proceedings accessible only to accredited media? Can you tweet information from inside the Supreme Court?

Read the full article below or take a look at our infographics to get answers to these and other questions about court access policies in Canada:
Infographic: Access to transcripts, documents and exhibits
Infographic: Audio-visual and electronic public access to courts

Download the full article (PDF) or read it online below.