WINNIPEG – A group of local and international media outlets seeking permission to put cameras on trial for Peter Nygard’s November extradition hearing will not have to defend their application in court and are paving the way for the trial to be broadcast publicly.
Bob Sokalski, a media attorney, said the attorney general of Canada and Nygard attorneys were served written pleadings and affidavits and neither party had contested the motion.
“Instead of providing materials in response, they told me and the court that they agreed to the request for camera access,” Sokalski said.
A hearing on the matter was scheduled for July 9, but lawyers said a hearing was no longer required. The Chief Justice of the Queen’s Bench in Manitoba, Glenn Joyal, previously agreed to a media motion to set up cameras in the courtroom to support these arguments.
Jay Prober, one of Nygard’s attorneys, confirmed that they are not taking a position on the extradition hearing matter and are therefore not against it.
Scott Farlinger, an attorney for the Attorney General of Canada, said they won’t contest the motion either.
Media lawyers, which include CTV News, CBC, Global, the New York Times, Globe and Mail, and Postmedia, said the Nygard hearing can be streamed live as long as the logistics can be cleared with the court to the public.
“That means viewers can virtually take part in this extradition hearing and watch the trial and find out all about it,” said Fred Kozak, media attorney.
The next steps will include dealing with protocols and technical issues such as where cameras can be positioned and how the cameras are positioned, Sokalski said.
“These are technical issues that will be discussed with the lawyers of the other parties and if we need to sort things out we will do so with Chief Justice Joyal.”
Ten court cases have been broadcast live in Manitoba since 2014.
Nygard remains in custody at the Headingley Correctional Center. He was arrested in Winnipeg in December and faces extradition to the United States on nine counts, including sex trafficking and extortion.
None of the charges have been proven in court and Nygard is considered innocent.
His extradition hearing is scheduled for five days in Winnipeg from November 15, 2021.