Jul 28, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court allowed reporters use Twitter during a sexual assault trial and says he “couldn’t get over how well it had worked.”

May 11, 2014 - Posted by Thomas Rose

With a provincial election underway in Ontario and 4 federal by-elections slated for the end of June the timing of the announcement by Canada’s national broadcasters that they will not allow unauthorized use of their content in political ads is auspicious. But as Law Editor Thomas Rose writes, making the ban stick may prove harder than anticipated.

Apr 16, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

While cameras have been allowed in Appeal Court and in certain cases in other provinces, this is thought to be the first time a province has designated courtrooms where proceedings can be broadcast automatically. All matters before the Manitoba Court of Appeal can also be broadcast unless a strong case is made against it.

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

In new B.C. Supreme Court documents, John Furlong, the CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics admits he has no proof that a journalist made an abuse complaint about him to the RCMP.

Mar 03, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A Saskatchewan lawyer is alleging Sun News Network host Ezra Levant defamed him in a series of blog posts and is seeking $100,000 in damages.

Feb 24, 2014 - Posted by Thomas Rose

Should journalists be worried about police tactics that force them to gather information on innocent citizens, violating their privacy and infringing on the right of individuals to freedom of expression? J-Source Law Editor Thomas Rose explores whether so-called production orders are doing just that. 

Feb 21, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

The RCMP have obtained a court order compelling five media outlets—the CBC, Global, APTN, Brunswick News and Rogers—to turn over footage and photos of the Oct. 17 riots in Rexton, NB. 

Feb 14, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

When Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale launched his lawsuit against Mayor Rob Ford and said he would continue to report on the city hall beat, a J-Source reader asked if it was acceptable to write about a source you’re suing. Shauna Snow-Capparelli, a member of the CAJ’s national Ethics Advisory Committee, responds. 

Jan 27, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

York University had given a libel notice to Toronto Life and Katherine Laidlaw, the writer of an article alleging that its campus has become a “hunting ground for sexual predators” in the October 2013 issue. The university has since withdrawn its legal action, and Toronto Life has issued a clarification. 

Jan 24, 2014 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

A real-life case involving a publication ban, a murder suspect set free and the discovery of information that could pit neighbour against neighbor, risk important police sources and potentially leave one journalist open to charges of interfering with an undercover police investigation provides important lessons for journalists. 

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Edited by Thomas Rose

The Law Section is a clearinghouse for news, information, advice and commentary on matters of law of importance to journalists and to anyone with a passion or just a curiosity about the issues of our times.

Thomas Rose lectures in law and journalism at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research interests include journalism and democracy, international criminal law, and freedom of expression.

Thomas has published in various peer-reviewed academic journals and has an LL.M in International Law from Leiden University and a Masters in Studies of Law from Yale Law School. He is also an award winning journalist. Thomas has worked in public and private media for more than two decades as a Reporter, Senior Producer, Executive Producer, and Project Manager on national, regional and international multi-media projects. His work has taken him to Ghana, Italy, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. From 2006-2010 Thomas provided commentary and analysis on global affairs and legal issues for CBC online.