Closed Session Law and Legal Definition

Closed session refers to a session to which parties not directly involved are not admitted. It can also be a secret session. In the U.S. a closed session refers to a parliamentary procedure for the Senate or the House of Representatives to discuss matters requiring secrecy. The discussions which take place in a closed session are subject to confidentiality rules.

In military law, a closed session refers to a period during a court-martial when the members or the judge, if trial is before a military judge deliberates alone. It is also termed closed court.