‘Landmark’ ruling loosens bail hearing ban

Edmonton (June 7, 2007) — An Alberta judge has ruled that mandatory bans on publishing evidence presented at bail hearings are unconstitutional. The federal government has a year to change the law to limit such bans to cases where media coverage could prejudice the right to a fair trial. Fred Kozak, one of the lawyers who argued the case on the media’s behalf, calls it a “landmark” ruling that “recognizes that openness and transparency are important aspects for our judicial system at every stage of the process.”
Read the CBC News report.
Read an analysis of the ruling and its significance.
Review Justice C.S. Brooker’s ruling.