Information for Media

Like every courtroom in Canada, transparency and openness will be guiding principles throughout this Inquiry. Members of the media, as representatives of the public, have a right to timely access to information presented throughout the Inquiry. A record of the evidence received at the Inquiry will be made and transcripts posted on the Inquiry website. Thus, openness and access will be the rule, except in instances when the Judge deems it necessary to limit access to protect the administration of justice.

The Media Protocol for the Desmond Inquiry is largely based on the approved practices and policies in the Guidelines for Media and Public Access to the Nova Scotia Courts, including the Exhibit Access Policy. However, any disputes regarding access will be subject to the Judge’s discretion.

Final_Exhibit Access Policy_02_01_19.pdf

Media Contacts:

Inquiry Counsel

Allen Murray, QC, Chief Crown Attorney – Central Region,

Judicial Assistant and Administrative Support

Elise Levangie,

Communications Director for the Nova Scotia Judiciary

Jennifer Stairs,

News releases

Update on Desmond Fatality Inquiry Proceedings – Sept 10 2021 (PDF)

Update on Desmond Inquiry Proceedings June 16 2021 (PDF)

Update on Desmond Fatality Inquiry Proceedings - February 10 2021 (PDF)

Update – Desmond Fatality Inquiry – November 27 2020 (PDF)

Desmond Fatality Inquiry Update – October 28 2020 (PDF)

Fatality Inquiry Proceedings Adjourned until March 2 (PDF)

Fatality Inquiry Proceedings Adjourned Until Feb. 10 (PDF)

Exhibit Access in Desmond Fatality Inquiry (PDF)

Fatality Inquiry Proceedings Adjourned Until Feb. 3 (PDF)

Desmond Fatality Inquiry Will Reconvene Jan. 27 (PDF)

Desmond Fatality Inquiry to Start Hearing Evidence Nov. 18 (PDF)

Desmond Fatality Inquiry Hearings Begin May 21 (PDF)

Apply to Participate in the Desmond Fatality Inquiry (PDF)

Fatality Inquiry to be Held in Guysborough, N.S. (PDF)

Judge, Crown Appointed to Desmond Fatality Inquiry (PDF)