Openness in court proceedings

The principle of openness in court proceedings means that the trial and the trial documents are, as a rule, public. This means that the public has the right to be present in public court proceedings and the right of access to trial documents in the public domain.

Exceptions to the principle of openness can, however, be made for valid reasons. Certain information presented in court proceedings is confidential directly by virtue of law. Under certain statutory conditions, the court may also order that the hearing shall for necessary parts be held without the presence of the public or that the trial documentation, where appropriate, shall be kept secret. The publicity of the judgment may also be restricted. The name of the defendant, the offence of which the defendant has been found guilty, and the passed sentence are, however, always public information.

Published 25.7.2019