BG and Others v HMTQ in Right of BC: 22 Jun 2004

Court of Appeal fro British Columbia – Teachers had been accused of historical sexual abuse. An order was made for their anonymisation pending conclusion of those civil proceedings. The proceedings had now been dismissed. The Court now considered whether the anonymisation of the complainants had been correctly dischatrged.
Held: Finch CJ cited substantial authority in support of his proposition that ‘replacing the names of certain parties with initials relates only to ‘a sliver of information’ and minimally impairs the openness of judicial proceedings’.


Finch CJ, MacKenzie, Lowry JJ


2004 BCCA 345, [2004] BCJ No 1235 (QL), [2004] CarswellBC 1359, 200 BCAC 223, 242 DLR (4th) 665





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CitedPNM v Times Newspapers Ltd and Others SC 19-Jul-2017
No anonymity for investigation suspect
The claimant had been investigated on an allegation of historic sexual abuse. He had never been charged, but the investigation had continued with others being convicted in a high profile case. He appealed from refusal of orders restricting . .
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Updated: 09 May 2022; Ref: scu.590536