What is the meaning of ‘in camera’?

The expression comes from Latin and it means ‘in chambers’. Nowadays, the expression is mainly used in the field of law to mean ‘in private’. I understand that for some cases, the public is not allowed to enter the courtroom. The hearing takes place ‘in camera’; in other words, it takes place in the judge’s chambers. This is often done in order to protect the witness, especially if he/she happens to be a child.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ – “The Hindu”  on Dec. 04, 2007


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