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.