COVID-19 directives for in-person hearings

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal is committed to ensuring the health and safety of everyone who participates in or attends in-person hearings. As such, the directives below are to be followed until further notice. The Presiding Member may adjust them depending on the circumstances of each case.

  • If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, do not attend in-person hearings. If you were scheduled to appear in person as counsel or witness and cannot attend the hearing, please advise the Registry at as soon as possible.

  • When attending a hearing, you must wear a medical mask or respirator (e.g., KN95, N95), unless directed otherwise by the Presiding Member. For example, the Presiding Member may require that individuals (e.g., witnesses, counsel) remove their masks during testimony or questioning.

  • Before entering the hearing room, you must clean your hands with the provided hand sanitizer.

  • If you have concerns about the use or non-use of masks or other health and safety measures, raise them as soon as possible with the Presiding Member.

  • The hearing room will be set up to ensure the safety of all, notably through physical distancing. There will be plexiglass barriers in certain areas where physical distancing may be difficult. The set-up cannot be altered without the express permission of the Registrar or Presiding Member.

  • The seating capacity for the public will be set to safeguard the safety of all. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to persons participating in the hearing. Once the room reaches capacity, the Commissionaire will not let anyone in the room.

  • The Presiding Member may adopt other health and safety measures, depending on the circumstances.

If you need any accommodations for in-person hearings, please send an email to citt‑ as soon as possible.