The judgment of the court is public unless the court orders it to be kept secret for some parts. Parties have the right of access even to confidential judgments.

The court may order that some parts of the judgment is to be kept secret if it contains information which according to law is confidential or information which the court has ordered to be kept secret or information on account of which the oral hearing has been held without the presence of the public.

The conclusion of the judgment and the applicable provisions are always public and can not be ordered to be kept secret. However, the court may order that the identity of a party is to be kept secret in a criminal case which involves particularly sensitive information about an individual’s private life. Such cases include, for instance, sexual offences. This applies under certain conditions also to the identity of a person seeking asylum.

Published 1.8.2019