Rules and Practice Directions


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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.

If it is not clear to the Board, whether a crime of violence occurred, the CICB may issue a Notice of Application to a person identified in the application as responsible for the alleged crime of violence. 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".

We will advise you if the alleged offender will be notified. If you have concerns about their participation, you must tell us as soon as possible during the application process.

Generally, an alleged offender's participation will be by way of written submissions, however, on occasion, the Board may determine that, based on his/her submissions, an alleged offender must take part in the hearing to support proper adjudication. If this is the case, the alleged offender will communicate by phone or video conference.

Privacy of your application and medical documents

If the alleged offender is notified, we will disclose documents or portions of documents that relate to the alleged crime or crimes of violence. Your personal particulars and information about your injuries/treatment and details of compensation requested are not shared with the alleged offender.

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 Request for Records.

For more information, see: Requesting Records in Tribunals Ontario Files.

Privacy of the decision

Media and members of the public: The CICB publishes its decisions (except those subject to a publication ban) on the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website. The decisions do not include any personal identifying information. Decisions issued before January 1, 2017 are not published on CanLII.

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:

Tribunals Ontario
Access and Privacy Office
15 Grosvenor Street, Ground Floor
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2G6