OTTAWA – Canada’s top court is expected to rule today on whether the identity of a teenage girl allegedly defamed on a bogus Facebook page should be made public.
The case made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada after the girl’s family appealed a Nova Scotia Court of Appeal decision.
That court ruled that the girl couldn’t proceed with a defamation case without revealing her name.
Halifax lawyer Michelle Awad has argued that the media should not be allowed to identify the girl because it would cause her further harm.
But Nova Scotia’s top court said that is the reality of pursuing litigation in Canadian courts, where the open-court principle is enshrined in law.
The girl was 15 when she and her family applied for a court order compelling Internet service provider Eastlink to reveal the identity of the person who had allegedly set up the fake Facebook profile about her.
The Halifax Chronicle Herald and Global Television argued there was insufficient reason for the courts to grant the alleged victim anonymity and challenged a publication ban on the Facebook postings.