The Supreme Court of Canada has issued its decision in Sherman Estate v. Donovan, 2021 SCC 25, addressing a number of important issues related to access to court files, freedom of expression and freedom of the press. This high-profile matter considered whether the probate court files of Bernard and Honey Sherman should be sealed, preventing access by the media and public. A unanimous Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the appeal brought by the Shermans’ Estates and Trustees, concluding that they had failed to establish a serious risk to an important public interest, and that access by the media and public should not be limited. Farris litigators, Robert Anderson, Q.C., Erica Miller, and Ludmila Herbst, Q.C. acted for a coalition of media interveners, comprised of Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association; Postmedia Network Inc.; CTV, a Division of Bell Media Inc.; Global News, a division of Corus Television Limited Partnership; The Globe and Mail Inc.; and Citytv, a division of Rogers Media Inc. Click here for the full decision.