Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, et al. v. Aydin Coban, et al.

(British Columbia) (Criminal) (By Leave)


Criminal law — Publication bans — Whether a publication ban pursuant to s. 648 of the Criminal Code applies to proceedings before a jury is empaneled?


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An accused was charged with several offences. Before the jury selection process began, a ban on publication was imposed on all pre-trial applications in the proceedings pursuant to s. 648(1) of the Criminal Code. A consortium of major media outlets applied to have the ban clarified and declared applicable only after the jury is empaneled. The motion judge dismissed the application.

Lower Court Rulings

May 26, 2022
Supreme Court of British Columbia

2022 BCSC 880, X078463
Application to have publication ban clarified or declared to apply only after jury has been empanelled dismissed