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An open mind on closed trials

Ashley Underwood QC explains in The Lawyer Magazine that closed procedures may not be ideal, but in some circumstances they can result in fairer outcomes

The understandably earnest debate about whether the use of closed material procedures (CMP) and special advocates should be extended to civil claims has diverted attention from another question: what benefit can litigants get from such extensions? Experience has shown that the CMP model can result in a fairer trial, where intelligence evidence is in play.

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