Victim Privacy and the Open Court Principle

Department of Justice Canada, 2003

Osgoode CLPE Research Paper

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 Last revised: 28 Oct 2013

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Jamie Cameron

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: March 1, 2003


This Report takes a comprehensive look, in the administration of justice, at the tension between victim privacy and the open court principle. It discusses the common law foundations of openness in the justice system, and analyzes the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions on this issue under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In considering the status of victims in the criminal justice system the Report focuses on privacy rights, especially for complainants in sexual assault proceedings. It includes chapters which offer comparative, transnational and international perspectives and the author’s reflections on these questions, as well as an extensive bibliography. The Report was commissioned by the Policy Centre for Victims Issues, Research and Statistics Division of the Department of Justice (Canada).

Keywords: victim, privacy, court, principle, charter

JEL Classification: K14, K40, K41, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Cameron, Jamie, Victim Privacy and the Open Court Principle (March 1, 2003). Department of Justice Canada, 2003; Osgoode CLPE Research Paper. Available at SSRN:

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