IMPORTANT

For security purposes, this form will first send you an email version of the completed form.

Please make sure the email address you put into the "Applicant's Email Address" box below is one that you can access from this computer.

The email will ask you to confirm your identity before sending the notice to the media.

Please read the top of the email carefully and follow the instructions.

Why do I have to provide notice to the media?

RULE 85.04 OF THE CIVIL PROCEDURE RULES >> the Court of Appeal's PRACTICE DIRECTIVE ON ORDERS RESTRICTING MEDIA REPORTING OR PUBLIC ACCESS >> and the Provincial Court's PRACTICE DIRECTION ON PUBLICATION BANS >> all require that reasonable notice be provided to media when there is an application for a discretionary publication ban, confidentiality order, or a request to seal a document or court file. This ensures the media are aware of the application and have sufficient time to prepare a challenge, if they wish to do so.

How do I provide notice to the media?

There are several steps to this process. Applicants must fill out the form below and click on "Submit for Verification". Read through the information shown to verify its accuracy. If it is correct, click on "Submit to Confirm Your Identity". The completed form will be sent to the email address provided, so you can confirm your identity. Open the email, click on the link provided and the notice will be emailed directly to members of the media who have subscribed to the service.

For more information about how this form works and detailed instructions on how to use it, click here: PUBLICATION BAN NOTIFICATION SERVICE >>

It is important to note that the form below is only for notifying the media of an application for a publication ban. It is not a substitute for the usual Rules involved in Interlocutory Applications. Unless otherwise directed by the Court, a Notice of Application, Supporting Affidavit, and Draft Order must also be filed with the Court.

What is considered reasonable notice?

Excluding exceptional circumstances, applicants are expected to provide at least three clear days' notice to the media. This ensures members of the media are aware of the application and have sufficient time to prepare a challenge, if they wish to do so.

Who receives the notices?

These notices are emailed directly to journalists, prosecutors, lawyers, and other members of the legal community who have subscribed to the service. Please note that subscribers will have access to all the information you include in your form, including addresses and contact information.

The Form:


File No:

PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA

IN THE: (Click one)

Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
Provincial Court of Nova Scotia
Family Court of Nova Scotia
Family Division of Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

 

BETWEEN: (Click one)

Her Majesty The Queen
Plaintiff: (name)

 

AND

(Name of accused or defendant/respondent):

 

NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION FOR A PUBLICATION BAN OR SEALING ORDER

TAKE NOTICE that an application for a publication ban (or a sealing order) will be made by the:

Applicant: (Click one)

Crown
accused
respondant
appellant
victim
complainant
defendant
plaintiff
witness
Other: (specify)  

 

Applicant's name:

 

To the judge presiding at the: (Click one)

Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
Provincial Court of Nova Scotia
Family Court of Nova Scotia
Family Division of Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

 

in
, Nova Scotia
on the
day of  ,

 

at the hour of   o'clock in the 
or as soon thereafter as the application can be made for:

 

Particulars of the ban/order applied for:

[Examples: I am applying for a publication ban on my name under Section 486 of the Criminal Code.

I am applying for a publication ban on all of the evidence under a judge's common law powers.

I am applying to close the court for a private hearing under Section ___ of the Criminal Code.]

 

Dated at  , Nova Scotia
this
day of  ,

 

Applicant's e-mail address: (required)

 

Applicant's postal address:
Street Address:
City:
Province:
Nova Scotia
Postal Code:

 

When you click on the "Submit For Verification" button below, you will first be taken to a web page which shows what your message will look like so you can verify that you have all the information filled in and that it is correct.

Once you have done that, click on the "Submit To Confirm Identity" button at the bottom of that verification page.

You will then be sent a first e-mail (at the address you provided in the "Applicant's e-mail address" field above). This e-mail will ask you to confirm that you are the person who wants to notify the media. Follow the instructions at the top of the e-mail to confirm.

YOU MUST CONFIRM AS PER THE INSTRUCTIONS AT THE TOP OF THE E-MAIL OR YOUR NOTICE WILL NOT GO OUT TO THE MEDIA.

You will know that your notice has gone out to the media when you receive a second, the same one that the media get (at the address you provided in the "Applicant's e-mail address" field above). You must be prepared to provide this second e-mail to the Court, if asked.