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National Defence Act

Version of section 180 from 2003-01-01 to 2018-08-31:

Marginal note:Trials public

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), courts martial shall be public and, to the extent that accommodation permits, the public shall be admitted to the proceedings.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) A court martial may order that the public be excluded during the whole or any part of its proceedings if the court martial considers that it is necessary

    • (a) in the interests of public safety, defence or public morals;

    • (b) for the maintenance of order or the proper administration of military justice; or

    • (c) to prevent injury to international relations.

  • Marginal note:Witnesses

    (3) Witnesses are not to be admitted to the proceedings of a court martial except when under examination or by specific leave of the court martial.

  • Marginal note:Clearing court

    (4) For the purpose of any deliberation, a court martial may cause the place where the proceedings are being held to be cleared.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-5, s. 180
  • 1992, c. 16, s. 8
  • 1998, c. 35, s. 43
  • 2001, c. 41, s. 101
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