FAQs: Tribunal hearings

  1. Can human rights tribunals be held confidentially?

    Anyone wanting to have a hearing held in private has the opportunity to raise the matter with the tribunal well before the hearing date. A hearing before a human rights tribunal is open to the public unless, on the application of any party, the human rights tribunal decides that it would be advisable to hold the meeting in private, either:
    • because of the confidential nature of the matter to be heard,
    • or because of the potential adverse effect on any of the parties other than the person against whom the complaint is made.

  2. How can I find out when and where the tribunal hearing is?

    You can find the schedule of upcoming hearings on the Commission website.

  3. Can media and public attend tribunal hearings?

    Media and the public are entitled to attend tribunal hearings and to sit in the public seating area.

  4. Can I question the parties?

    No questions, filming or photographs will be allowed in the hearing room unless the tribunal chair gives prior approval. Interviewing of the parties shall not take place in the hearing room or the reception area.

  5. Can I film or tape the proceedings?

    The tribunal policy is that media cannot record any part of the hearing.

  6. Can I take still photographs?

    No photographs are allowed in the hearing room unless there is prior approval from the tribunal chair.

  7. Where can I get copies of tribunal decisions?

    Tribunal decisions released after January 1, 2000 can be accessed free of charge through the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website.

For more information, see the Procedural manual for tribunal hearings.

Revised: March 2, 2012


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