An open court system is a fundamental principle of Canadian justice.
A BC Supreme Court judge is expected to decide early next week, whether a transcript from a secret hearing from the B.C. Legislature terror case can be released to media and be made public.
The secret hearing, held Monday, is part of John Nuttall and Amanda Korody’s attempt to have their terror convictions from June overturned.
They’re arguing police manipulated them into committing a terrorist act.
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We don’t know what was said during that hearing.
But lawyer Daniel Burnett, who represents the media in the matter, including CKNW, says in-camera sessions are incredibly rare.
“Judicial authorities all recognize that’s about as extreme a secrecy order as one can get.”
The Crown and a lawyer for Canada’s spy agency say releasing the transcript would compromise security.