HALIFAX, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The following is a joint statement from
Michelle Awad and Jane O'Neill with the law firm McInnes Cooper and
legal counsel to A.B. in the Supreme Court of Canada case A.B. v. Bragg
Communications Inc. To view the Supreme Court of Canada decision, visit
"We are very pleased with the Supreme Court of Canada decision. This is
a groundbreaking decision that will provide further guidance and help
define the role of the courts in protecting children from
cyber-bullying and from being further victimized when they seek redress
through the legal process.
The decision recognizes the inherent vulnerability of children in our
court system and the devastating and far-reaching effects of
cyber-bullying. With social media, cyber bullies are only limited by
the extent of their imagination and their cyber-weapon of choice.
After today, these bullies will no longer remain anonymous.
Our client has already suffered harm and her family wanted to make sure
their daughter, and other children in similar circumstances, aren't
further victimized. We now have a clearer direction from the court. And
today our client, if she chooses, can maintain her anonymity while she
obtains information about the identity of the creator of the fake
The balance between the protection of children and the media's right to
report on court proceedings was at the heart of this case. With this
decision, the Court has struck the right balance. The media knows all
it needs to know in order to effectively report on the court
proceedings. Knowing this young girl's name adds nothing to the story.
In the age of the internet, where a bullied child's online shadow will
have both an immediate and long-lasting effect on her, she can now seek
relief from the courts without having to make her humiliation complete.
We are in the process of discussing next steps with our client and will
keep you apprised as we move forward."
Understanding the impact of cyber-bullying and the need for a clear
direction from the Supreme Court of Canada, McInnes Cooper provided
legal counsel during the Supreme Court of Canada hearing on a pro bono
SOURCE: McInnes Cooper
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