A Comparison and Critique of Closed Court Hearings

Anthony Gray*

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This article considers the increased use in a range of jurisdictions of closed court hearings, whereby secret evidence is utilised against a person, with the person not being able to hear or see the evidence, or given the chance to cross-examine witnesses. In some jurisdictions a special advocate is utilised, and the person affected is given the gist of the evidence. It argues that the increased use of such proceedings presents a grave risk to the fair trial that is the hallmark of the common law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-259
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Journal of Evidence and Proof
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


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