BCCLA applies to court to allow public access to evidence in criminal case that raises alleged concerns about police tactics

Vancouver – On November 25, 2014, the BCCLA will appear in B.C. Supreme Court to challenge a publication ban and sealing order in a criminal case involving a Surrey couple, John Stuart Nuttall and Amanda Korody, who are accused of plotting to bomb the Victoria legislature last year on Canada Day. The BCCLA has raised questions about the possible police methods and actions used in this case in the lead-up to their arrest.

The BCCLA will argue that any publication bans and sealing orders must minimally impair the right of the public to have access to information about this important case. The Supreme Court of Canada has repeatedly stated that publication bans and sealing orders must only limit public access to the courts to the extent necessary to protect the fair trial rights of the accused and other valid concerns. The BCCLA will ask the court to facilitate the public’s right to know by directing the court registry to maintain a court file accessible by the media and lawyers containing exhibits, orders and filings that arise in open court before the jury.

  • What: B.C. Supreme Court to hear BCCLA’s application in R. v. Korody and Nuttall
  • When: The application will be heard by the B.C. Supreme Court at 10:00 am PST on November 25, 2014
  • Where: BC Supreme Court, Courtroom 62, 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Who: Lawyer for the BCCLA available for comment