Legal Terminology – LPI Word of the Month

In camera translates from Latin to “in a chamber”.  It is a legal term that means in private. The same meaning is sometimes expressed in the English equivalent: in chambers. Generally, in-camera describes court cases, parts of it, or a process where the public and press are not allowed to observe the procedure or process. In camera is the opposite of trial in open court where all parties and witnesses testify in a public courtroom, and attorneys publicly present their arguments to the trier of fact.  One common example is a party’s attempt to introduce documents containing sensitive information into evidence. 

A Judge might review the documents in private, or in camera, before releasing them to the parties, the public and the jury.

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