After the Hearing

This section contains practical information on what to do and expect following a Supreme Court of Canada hearing.

Once the hearing is over, counsel are asked to gather their personal belongings, remove them from the courtroom and, when they are ready, return to the Registry to drop off their locker keys. You do not need to sign out.  Please note that you may leave any condensed books or other documents at the Registry for recycling.


A judgment on an appeal is rendered, on average, 6 months after the hearing. Approximately one week before the judgment is to be rendered, your agent will be informed by telephone of the date of its release. You may subscribe to Lexum's mailing list to receive notice of the release of judgments in appeals and in applications for leave to appeal. On a regular basis, if at least one document has been posted, you will receive an email message with a list of links to our documents. In addition, our judgments are also available on our Twitter accounts, in English (@SCC_eng) or in French (@CSC_fra).

Judgments are generally rendered at 9:45 a.m. on a Thursday or Friday.  Shortly after a judgment is rendered, it and the accompanying reasons become available electronically on the Lexum site. Counsel or the parties' agents are invited to come to the Registry to pick up a complimentary copy of the judgment and reasons the morning the judgment is rendered.  Additional copies of the reasons can be obtained at a cost of $15 each. A photocopy of the judgment will be mailed to each of the parties. 

Media Lock-ups

The Supreme Court of Canada has adopted a procedure, requiring the consent of counsel, for holding closed-door information sessions (media lock-ups) at which members of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery ("CPPG") can review certain judgments just before their scheduled public release. This procedure gives members of the media who wish to report on a judgment time to examine it before it becomes public. The purposes of the lock-up procedure are to improve the accuracy of media reporting of Supreme Court of Canada decisions and to assist members of the media in reporting on cases that have attracted a high level of public interest. Consent to a media lock-up must be obtained from counsel of record for the parties, and counsel who have consented to that lock-up may request a separate lock-up for counsel. No briefing is given to counsel at a counsel lock-up. For further information, consult the Procedure for Lock-ups.

Ordering a DVD of the Hearing

Anyone interested in obtaining a DVD of a hearing is asked to complete the on-line Request to Use Supreme Court of Canada Photographs, Videos or Webcasts.

Broadcasting and Webcasting

Courtroom proceedings are subsequently broadcast or webcast unless a case is not suitable for broadcasting or for webcasting owing to a publication ban or to privacy concerns. After the hearing, a Registry Officer will ask you to fill out a short questionnaire (in Word format) on whether any information subject to a publication ban or sealing order was disclosed. Usually, archived webcasts are available for viewing forty-eight hours after the hearing. For more information, go to Archived Webcasts.

If you have requested reserved seating, you may wish to advise those attending that the proceedings will be digitally recorded, that most proceedings are subsequently webcast or broadcast, and that all persons in the Courtroom may appear on camera.