Media and Law Workshop
More than 65 journalists in two locations made this year’s Media and Law Workshop the highest-attended yet. Organized by the Law Society in partnership with the Jack Webster Foundation, the event is held annually to contribute to the Benchers’ strategic objective of effective public education. To that end, the workshop helps journalists educate the public about legal issues through knowledgeable and accurate reporting.
The workshop was held at the Law Courts Inn in Vancouver, with the Jack Webster Foundation providing, for the first time, a satellite link so that 15 reporters in Kamloops could also participate.
The panellists were (photo, L-R) reporter John Daly of Global BC TV, the Honourable Mr. Justice Geoffrey Gaul of the BC Supreme Court, reporter Louise Dickson of the Victoria Times Colonist, and media lawyers David Sutherland and Dan Burnett. Together they answered journalists’ questions and made presentations on the following topics: publication bans, access to the courts and legal hot spots for journalists. One reporter called the discussions “entertaining and eye-opening.”