Ontario limits access to court documents

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General is restricting access to court documents that reveal the name of an alleged victim of a sexual offence, citing a 2005 Criminal Code amendment that forbids the “transmission” of a victim’s identity. But Brian Rogers, a Toronto lawyer who regularly acts for the media, says a court order should not be required to access what has long been public information. Shannon Kari of The Law Times explores the issue in this May 14, 2007 report.