The Star's Alyshah Hasham writes:
"The Superior Court of Ontario is launching a service to notify media when publication bans are requested, which media lawyers say will result in increased transparency and accountability in the courts.
"The email alert system, which starts July 1, comes 22 years after a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision found judges could order that the media be given notice when discretionary publication bans are sought.
“'(The) publication ban notification system will enhance access to justice, including the openness and transparency of court proceedings,' said Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario Heather Smith in a statement. 'It clarifies the process that parties must follow if they intend to ask the Court to impose a discretionary publication ban in a proceeding. This includes giving notice to the media, so that they can attend and seek standing to make submissions about the proposed publication ban, in accordance with Supreme Court of Canada case law.'”