Rules and Practice Directions


Practice Directions

Practice directions support the rules and provide guidance about what the board expects of the parties and what the parties can expect of the board. They help parties to understand the rules.

Privacy at the CICB

Privacy at the hearing

Public and the media: Oral hearings are usually open to the public and the media, if they choose to attend. However, the hearing may be closed if:

  1. there are public safety concerns
  2. there are ongoing criminal proceedings
  3. the claim involves a sexual offence, spousal abuse or child abuse.

If you have concerns about participating in an open hearing, you must tell us during the application process.

Even when a hearing is open, the CICB sometimes issues a publication ban. That means that anyone could attend the hearing but would not be able to report on it.

The alleged offender: The person you say is responsible for the violent crime is called the "alleged offender". If a court has found that person guilty of the crime he or she is called the "offender".

By law, an alleged offender is entitled to be notified of a CICB hearing and may choose to participate. If they decide to participate in the hearing, they will not be in the same room as you. They will communicate with you during the hearing by phone or video conference. During the hearing, they will be given the chance to submit evidence, question you or other witnesses, and make submissions.

Privacy of your application and medical documents

The alleged offender: We will send the alleged offender a copy of your application but we’ll remove your phone number, address and information about your injuries.

Media and members of the public: Members of the media or the public who wanted to see information on your file would have to make a Freedom of Information Request.

For more information, see: Requesting Information in SJTO Files.

Privacy of the decision

Media and members of the public: The CICB does not publish its decisions. Members of the media or the public who want to see the decision in your case would have to make a Freedom of Information Request.

The alleged offender: The alleged offender will receive a copy of the decision if they participated in the proceeding.


If you have any questions about access to information or privacy at the CICB, contact:

Freedom of Information and Personal Privacy Coordinator
Social Justice Tribunals Ontario
655 Bay St. 14th floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2A3