Record attendance at sixth annual media law workshop

photo collageMore than 60 reporters, editors and news directors attended the seventh annual Law Society – Jack Webster Foundation Media Law Workshop in Victoria on November 6.

The goal of these workshops is to encourage fair and accurate reporting of the courts and to foster links between the media, the legal profession and the judiciary.

This year’s panellists were Chief Judge Hugh Stansfield, Neal Hall from the Vancouver Sun and media lawyers David Sutherland of Sutherland and Associates in Vancouver and Michael Sherr of Pearlman Lindholm in Victoria.

The workshop, Reporting on the Courts: What You Should Know . . . and Do, provided reporters with an overview of legal issues surrounding publication bans and contempt of court.

The Law Society first initiated media law workshops on current legal and justice system issues in 1994. Since 2001, they have been offered in partnership with the Jack Webster Foundation. The workshops are free to journalists and news editors.