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CSIS secrecy law doesn’t apply to its judges, Federal Court says

Monday, March 06, 2017 @ 10:40 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

A Federal Court judge has ruled that the controversial new statutory privilege shielding the identity of CSIS informants does not apply to the court’s judges.

Simon NoelJustice Simon Noel’s heavily redacted ruling released Feb. 17 marks the first time the national trial court has dealt publicly with the sweeping privilege for covert CSIS human sources created in 2015 by s. 18.1 of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act: 2017 FC 136.

His judgment sheds some new light on what Federal Court judges do to hold CSIS’s...