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27 Aug

Live blog: Everything you need to know about court reporting in real-time

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24 Apr

CAJ Code of Silence – Call for nominations

<p>It's time to get even with that publicly funded government, department or agency whose information is kept in the murky shadows.”</p>

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15 Apr

Ban on Twitter in Quebec courtrooms goes in effect today

<p>As of Monday, no one will be able to email, tweet or text from inside Quebec courtrooms without the consent of the judge, the <a href="http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Tweet+Quebec+courtrooms/8171281/story.html">Montreal Gazette reported</a>.</p>

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31 Jan

Bureaucratic roadblocks frustrate access to court files

<p><em>There is a serious and troubling disconnect between the public’s right of access to the courts and the reality on the ground for journalists who try to cover them. <strong>Dean Jobb</strong> explains this troubling disconnect with examples of recent decisions that reflect his experience as a court reporter.</em></p><p><strong>Nova Scotia erects new barriers as Ontario, B.C. promise better access</strong></p><p><strong>Commentary </strong><strong>by Dean Jobb</strong></p>

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25 Jan

Ban on Williams’ divorce file overturned

<p>The Ontario Court of Appeal has struck down a sweeping ban on publishing details of the divorce proceedings of convicted murderer Col. Russell Williams, confirming that “emotional distress and embarrassment” are insufficient grounds for supressing information about court cases. The Jan. 24 ruling upholds the open-courts principle and found that Williams’ estranged wife failed to present evidence to justify sealing the divorce file. “Purely personal interests cannot justify non-publication or sealing orders,” Justice David Doherty said in the ruling.

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30 Oct

Piercing youth court ‘shroud’ of secrecy

<p>A <em>Toronto</em> Star investigation into the city’s busy youth court met with resistance from judges and prosecutors, arbitrary publication bans and attempts to block access to the basic records the media needs to cover the justice system. In the words of reporter David Bruser, the paper had to fight to lift the “institutional shroud covering the often-disturbing details of youth crimes from public view.”Read the Star’s Oct.

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14 Oct

Rulings reject guilty plea ban, sealing order

<p>An Ontario judge has found no grounds for preventing the media from reporting that one of three people accused of murder has pleaded guilty, even though the co-accused will stand trial soon. And another judge of the province’s Superior Court has refused to seal documents filed in a civil case despite a claim they reveal trade secrets.</p>

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14 Mar

Ontario to consider cameras in court, CP reports

 The Canadian Press is reporting that Ontario’s attorney general “says he’s open to the idea of allowing cameras in courtrooms and says the time is right to canvas judges, Crown attorneys and defence lawyers on their opinions.”CP’s Allison Jones says a 2008 unreleased report “recommended the attorney general amend the Courts of Justice Act to […]

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4 Mar

New B.C. rules improve court file access

Feb. 28, 2011 — Under new rules that came into effect today, British Columbia’s courts will no longer block access to the court file in cases where a publication ban is in place. Previously, journalists and citizens were barred from reviewing documents filed in sexual assault and other cases, even though other provinces permit access. […]

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9 Dec

Tori Stafford publication ban partially lifted

An all-encompassing publication ban on the Tori Stafford murder case has been partially lifted to allow media outlets to report on a guilty plea by one of the accused. Terri-Lynne McClintic, one of two accused of killing eight-year-old Tori, pleaded quilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison on April 30. The […]

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