The general rule in Canada is that court hearings are open to the public. Every court in Canada has significant statutory or inherent powers to ensure that its proceedings are conducted fairly and to protect the integrity of the court’s process, which includes the power to provide guidelines for public and media access to court proceedings.
On Court premises, members of the public and media are requested to go about their business, bearing in mind the safety and dignity of all people involved in the proceedings.
The Federal Court of Appeal is an itinerant court and sits in various cities across the country to best accommodate the needs of the parties. Court hearings are open to the public unless, for special reasons, the Court directs that the hearing be held in private. The schedule of Federal Court of Appeal hearings is available at the following link: http://www.fca-caf.gc.ca/fca-caf_eng/hearings-auditions_eng
Seating space in the courtroom is limited. Where interest in a proceeding is such that there is not enough seating space for all those who wish to attend, Court staff may have to limit the number of persons who enter the courtroom. The public is not allowed to remain standing during a proceeding.
The use of electronic devices in the courtroom is permitted, provided the devices are used in “silent” or ‘vibration” mode so as not to affect the decorum, the good order and the course of the proceedings.
Accredited members of the media may record proceedings only to verify their notes of what was said and done in Court. Accredited members of the media may transmit text information from the courtroom to the outside.
It is not permitted to make or receive phone calls in the courtroom, to broadcast or send photos, audio or video recording from the courtroom to the outside.
Media accreditation should be prominently displayed.
Media coverage of proceedings with audio-visual equipment is only permitted in accordance with the following guidelines:
For more information or to make a request for media coverage of court proceedings, please contact:
A/Executive Director and General Counsel
Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada
This contact information is for media enquiries only.
For information with respect to Federal Court of Appeal practice, procedure and forms, please contact the Registry Office.