Law

Aug 27, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

Is reporting on court cases in real-time in the public interest, or does it have the potential to do more harm than good? How does adding a real-time element change the role of a court reporter? What are the legal limitations around reporting directly from inside the courtroom? Regardless of how you slice it, court reporting is complicated – but especially so in real-time. For this week's Scribble Chat, we'll be tackling these issues and more. Will we conclude the whole damn system's out of order? Join the discussion to find out.

Apr 15, 2013 - Posted by Tamara Baluja

As of Monday, no one will be able to email, tweet or text from inside Quebec courtrooms without the consent of the judge. The move runs contrary to recent changes made in Ontario, B.C., Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, where the courts sanctioned the use of electronic devices by lawyers and journalists during court proceedings.

Mar 14, 2011 - Posted by Janice Neil
 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 allow the use of cameras in Ontario courts, saying their images have “great potential” as a learning tool for students and lawyers." The media, it says, also want cameras to promote transparency and "reduced the risk of errors and bias in reporting."
Jun 11, 2009 - Posted by Dean Jobb
News
Ottawa Citizen
reporter Glen McGregor filed a steady stream of tweets from Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien’s recent bribery trial. Kate Dubinski of the London Free Press did the same at the Bandidos biker gang murder trial. Is twitter in the courtroom a fad or a new way to cover trials? Luigi Benetton weighs the evidence in the June 12 issue of The Lawyers Weekly.
Jun 02, 2009 - Posted by Dean Jobb
The media should tone down coverage that pressures police to solve crimes and devote more effort to reporting on trials and investigating cases that result in wrongful convictions, says lawyer-crusdader James Lockyer. Melissa Wilson reports.
Sep 28, 2007 - Posted by Dean Jobb
Backgrounder
Conrad Black's fraud trial in Chicago highlighted the differences between the Canadian and American systems of justice. A Canadian journalist who needs to know how a grand jury works or where to find a case file down south can consult the Knight Centre for Specialized Journalism's court coverage website. It's designed to help rookie and experienced journalists alike. Need links to contacts in U.S. state and federal courts? Unsure of the meaning of a legal phrase? There's even advice on how to establish contacts and work the court beat.
Sep 26, 2007 - Posted by Dean Jobb
Feature
Toronto's streets aren't "nighttime killing fields" -- but it's easy to say they are. Chris Richardson of the Ryerson Review of Journalism explores the challenges of covering the city's most notorious neighbourhood.
Sep 26, 2007 - Posted by Dean Jobb
Feature
Faced with the challenge of reporting on the graphic evidence presented at the murder trial of Robert Pickton, editors struggled to decide how much was too much. What do audiences want, and should they always get it? Regan Ray reports in the Ryerson Review of Journalism.
Apr 17, 2007 - Posted by Dean Jobb
Commentary
How much information about Robert Pickton's murder trial is too much information? Tony Burman, editor in chief of CBC News, comments on the public backlash against media coverage of graphic evidence being heard in a New Westminster, B.C. courtroom.
Dec 26, 2006 - Posted by Dean Jobb
Feature
Experts says reporters sensationalize youth crime and contribute to the public misconception that teens are increasingly violent and out of control. Stephanie Cameron checks the facts behind the headlines in the King's Journalism Review.
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