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Privacy and the Press: The Open Court Principle Post-Sherman Estate Case

September 10, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A conversation with Kevin Donovan, Chief Investigative Reporter, Toronto Star

Please note this program will be delivered in English. 

In the information age, there is ongoing debate about the balance of the public’s right to know and privacy considerations in court hearings. More specifically, when do privacy concerns justify an order restricting openness?

In the recent precent-setting case, Sherman Estate v. Donovan, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) affirmed the importance of the open court principle as critical to democracy and something that can be restricted only where there is a serious risk to another important public interest. The SCC also provided guidance on when privacy may be sufficient to override openness. Blakes successfully represented the respondents, Kevin Donovan and the Toronto Star, in this case.

Join Blakes Litigation Partner Iris Fischer, who argued the SCC appeal, and renowned investigative journalist Kevin Donovan, as we discuss the Sherman Estate decision and how it impacts the future of the open court principle.


Guest Speaker

  • Kevin Donovan, Chief Investigative Reporter, Toronto Star 

Friday, September 10, 2021
12 - 1 p.m. (EDT)

Mandatory Continuing Education


This program is eligible for up to 1 hour of Substantive content.

Please note that pursuant to the amendments to the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats (Regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for lawyers – available in French only) of the Barreau du Québec, which came into force on April 1, 2019, the status of “recognized provider” and the mandatory “recognition” of activities have been abolished.

Blakes will continue to provide you with a confirmation of participation for your records. As stipulated in the above-mentioned regulation, members must preserve supporting documents attesting their completion of training activities for a period of seven years beginning on April 30 following the end of the reference period during which such activities were completed.

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This program has been accredited for 1 CPD Credit Hour with The Law Society of British Columbia.