Ruling could lead lawyers to think hard before voicing concerns about legal system

“This decision underscores the substantial limitations on a lawyer’s freedom of expression when expressing themselves as lawyers,” said Pierre Trudel, a law professor at the Université de Montréal specializing in media and information technology law. “It could have a chilling effect.”

« It is “indisputable” that lawyers have a much more limited “right to speak” than citizens, said Trudel. Since the appeal court highlighted that lawyers must meet the public’s reasonable expectations of a lawyer’s professionalism, that means lawyers are viewed by the appellate court as experts. When lawyers speak out publicly they must therefore speak as “an expert and not like a citizen,” said Trudel. »

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