Dalhousie Law Journal


litigation, lawyers, media, United States, Canada, legal profession, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, comparative law


Drawing on recent high profile cases in Canada and the United States, the author examines the different extent to which lawyers in those two countries comment to the media about ongoing litigation. He investigates various formal constraints upon lawyer comment, such as court-imposed publication bans and rules of professional responsibility. He also looks at the way in which lawyer behaviour is attributable to non-formal, cultural determinants.