Criminal Law: Procedural
The Classified Information Procedures Act: What It Means and How It’s Applied
This is the first in a series of posts on the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA). CIPA is a critical law for national security prosecutions: It establishes a number of key procedures that facilitate a balance between the fundamental rights of defendants in criminal trials and the government’s interests in keeping classified information out of the wrong hands. This post provides an overview of CIPA, some of its principal legal disputes, and a sense of how CIPA has been recently applied.