Dalhousie Law Journal


statutory rule, media, public officials, court, sub judice rule, ethics


The sub judice rule is a rule of court, a statutory rule, a Parliamentary convention and a practice that has developed in the interaction between media and public officials. At its most basic, the sub judice rule prohibits the publication of statements which may prejudice court proceedings. This study examines the nature, rationale and scope ofthe sub judice rule. The authors provide an account of the current state of the rule, and highlight areas where more clarity would be desirable. The authors propose a more coherent approach to the sub jud ice rule, more clearly rooted in the concern over prejudice to proceedings, and suggest it be embedded in an ethical rather than purely legal framework.

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