Secret Evidence: Overview of the Special Advocate System

National Security and Secret Evidence Video
  • 0.75 Substantive Hours
  • 0.25 Professionalism Hours

Session Overview


Friday, October 10, 2014 at 2 – 3pm EDT

How do Canadian courts balance the need to conduct certain proceedings in private with the need for transparency and protections under an adversarial system? This webinar, Overview of the Special Advocate System, is one in a series addressing the relationship between intelligence and evidence, the disclosure of sensitive information, the special advocate system, and the ever-evolving professional and ethical obligations for public law lawyers.

Secret evidence is increasingly used in a range of legal proceedings in Canada. While secrecy serves to protect human sources and methods of intelligence collection, it runs counter to traditional evidentiary rules. The introduction of intelligence in judicial proceedings creates considerable tension between the competing demands of disclosure and secrecy.

This webinar will be led by the Hon. Justice Yves de Montigny, one of the designated judges of the Federal Court of Canada charged with specific responsibilities in national security matters. The webinar will be held live on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 2 pm EDT and will explore:

1. The constitutionality of the IRPA scheme, in light of the Supreme Court decision in Harkat
2. The Guiding Principles of the IRPA scheme and the role of the designated judge
3. CSIS Human Sources: Can they be cross-examined?

*NOTE: If you are unable to attend or miss a live webinar, your registration provides you access to a recording of the webinar and all materials provided in that webinar.

Discounts available for groups of 5 or more. For discounts or if you are experiencing technical difficulties during your purchasing, please e-mail us:

We also recommend you register for the in-person workshop led by Lorne Waldman, Sukanya Pillay, John Norris, and The Hon. Justice Justice Yves de Montigny Date: November 21  2014, 9am – 12pm EST.

CPD Accreditation

  CPD (hr) EPPM*
BC  1
NB 1  –
ON 45min 15min

CPD Accreditation

* EPPM = ethics, professionalism, practice management

Available session formats and materials
  • National Security and Secret Evidence
  • Video