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Media and Public Access

Courts are generally open to the media and the public, however, the following are exceptions:

  • The Child Protection Act (s. 35) restricts access in any action involving the Director of Child Protection and limits those who may be present during the hearing to the following:

    • parents of the child and persons having custody or guardianship rights respecting the child;
    • a designated representative of the band served with the notice of hearing if the child is an aboriginal child, 
    • Director of Child Protection or delegates;
    • child who is the subject of the hearing, if he or she is at least 12 years old and apparently capable of understanding the circumstances;
    • counsel; and
    • other persons as the court may consider appropriate.


  • The Family Law Act gives a judge the discretion to exclude the public from a hearing, or any part, if the opinion of the presiding judge is that desire to protect against the consequences of possible disclosure of intimate financial or personal matters outweighs the desire for a public hearing. The court may also prohibit the publication of any matter connected with the application or given in evidence at the hearing. 

  • The Judicature Act allows a court to order that the public be excluded from a hearing when there is possibility of serious harm or injustice to any person.

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