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Publication Ban Notification Project Extended to New West

Dear Clients,Please find attached a Practice Direction issued by the Honourable Donald I. Brenner, Chief Justice regarding the Expansion of the Publication Ban Notification Project to New Westminster.This Practice Direction replaces the original Practice Direction dated September 9, 2005 (and amended February 23, 2006) concerning the pilot project commenced at the Vancouver Registry.  The project established a procedure to provide electronic notification to media outlets, and any other member of the public who subscribes to the notification service, of applications for discretionary orders to ban publication or to close the courtroom in criminal or quasi-criminal matters.  Notification is made through an electronic e-mail subscription service maintained on the Court’s website.  This Practice Direction is still in effect in the Vancouver Registry and has expanded into New Westminster Registry effective November 1, 2007.If you have questions regarding this FYI, please contact Dye & Durham’s Litigation Division at 604-257-1854 or email [email protected]