Focus of the Conference


Canadians live in a society that places a high value on openness in the justice system. By enabling the public to attend court proceedings and allowing access to court documents, our citizens can learn about the law firsthand. But like it or not, the reality is most citizens are more likely to learn about the legal system through movies, television and news coverage of court proceedings.

Citizens need to see that the Courts and the justice system operate openly and fairly for everyone. For this reason, the Supreme Court of Canada has recognized, on numerous occasions, that the media, as representatives of the public, must be given special consideration when applying certain rules and policies of the Courts.

That means everyone working in the justice system — up to and including judges — has a responsibility to assist journalists with accessing the court cases and documents to which they are entitled by law. Journalists have a responsibility too — to ethically report the news of the Courts in a balanced and accurate manner. 



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Panelists & Keynote Speakers

Media and the Law will offer a wide range of dynamic and experienced speakers, including local and national journalists, judges, journalism and law professors, prosecutors, defence attorneys and more! CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AGENDA >>

Fees & Payment

Conference registration fees (outlined in the table below) can be paid by cheque or credit card.

Start by completing the online registration form. If paying by cheque, print the registration form and mail with your cheque to:

Media and the Law Conference Society
C/O Jennifer Stairs
1815 Upper Water St., 5th Floor
Halifax, NS
B3J 1S7

Cheques should be made out to 'Media and the Law Conference Society'.

If paying by credit card, submit your registration form electronically by clicking the 'Submit by Email' button on the top right corner of the form. Then phone in your credit card information to Meaghan Gillis in the Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary, at 902-424-3690.


For all Canadian judges, including Sec. 41(1) panelists

$450.00 + HST (15%) = $517.50

For others professionals, including lawyers, academics, etc. (excluding panelists & speakers)

$450.00 + HST (15%) = $517.50

For journalists (excluding panelists & speakers)

$250.00 + HST (15%) = $287.50

For students (with approval from your post-secondary institution)

Free of charge

The conference registration fee includes all interactive sessions, two breakfasts, one lunch (Friday), the keynote dinner and speech (Friday), three health breaks, and reading materials. On-site parking at Pier 21 is extra.


For those traveling from outside Halifax, accommodations are available at THE WESTIN NOVA SCOTIAN >> 1181 Hollis St., walking distance to Pier 21.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved for conference participants, featuring a queen-sized bed for $179.00(+ tax) per night. This special rate is available until Sunday, April 8, 2018. After that date, regular seasonal room rates will apply, based on room availability. Call 1-888-627-8553 and identify yourself as a participant in the Media and the Law conference to qualify for the special rate.

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