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'No trace': Quebec justice minister seeks answers on criminal trial that took place in secret

National Post: 'Quebec’s justice minister says he’s looking into a criminal trial in the province involving a police informant that took place entirely in secret and was kept off the official court docket.

'Simon Jolin-Barrette told reporters today he would have more to say after he learns what happened in the trial in which the prosecutors, defence lawyers and judge agreed to keep proceedings secret in order to protect the identity of the informant.

'The existence of the trial only became known because the police informant accused in the case appealed his or her conviction, and the appeals court issued a heavily redacted ruling critical of the lower court proceedings.

'In a decision dated Feb. 28, 2022, the three-member Court of Appeal panel says the way the initial trial took place was “contrary to the fundamental principles that govern our justice system.”'

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