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Court upholds independence of Office of the Children’s Lawyer in privacy ruling

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Ontario Court of Appeal quashed an access to information request related to a custody dispute, ruling that the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) has no authority to regulate the use of records kept by the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Privacy and family law experts said the decision will “breathe new life” into the discussion on children's right to privacy.

In Ontario (Children's Lawyer) v. Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner) 2018 ONCA 559, the court heard that two children were at the centre of...