A comparison and critique of closed court hearings

Gray, Anthony ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9565-475X (2014) A comparison and critique of closed court hearings. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 18 (3). pp. 230-259. ISSN 1365-7127


This article compares the use of 'closed court hearings', by which someone accused of wrongdoing is not permitted to be present whilst evidence is led against them. Typically, neither is a legal representative of their choosing. Comparisons are made among the European Union, North America and Australia. It finds that the United States and Canada courts have been most prepared to defend the fundamental right of an individual to confront their accusers, and test the veracity of evidence said to implicate them. Australian courts, as shown by the recent Pompano decision, have been most willing to sacrifice fundamental civil rights for expediency.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2014 02:56
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2016 06:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural justice, right to confrontation, fair trial, fair process, Pompano
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
Fields of Research (2020): 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4899 Other law and legal studies > 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1350/ijep.2014.18.3.455
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25647

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