This summer Justice Morris Fish, writing for the Supreme Court of Canada in Toronto Star Newspapers v. Ontario, 2005 SCC 41, confirmed that "in any constitutional climate, the administration of justice thrives on exposure to light – and withers under a cloud of secrecy". The open court principle is the cornerstone of the common law. In order to ensure that justice is administered in accordance with the rule of law, public access to the judicial process is vital.

This article was originally published in Lawyers Weekly, no. 2524 (October 28, 2005). Republished with permission.

type The Eyes and Ears of the Public: Media Access to Court Exhibits