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R. v. Biao Zhou
Court of Appeal File No. C66921
A motion for a discretionary limit on court openness is scheduled to be heard in the above noted matter via videoconference on February 28, 2024. The appellant was convicted of sexual assault and forcible confinement following a jury trial. One of the issues on appeal is whether the trial judge ought to have removed one of the jurors for lack of impartiality given that that they had worked in the area of, and written on, sexual violence against women. Accordingly, the materials filed for this appeal contain some references to this juror’s name. The name of another juror is also referenced in some of the materials for this appeal. The Crown is bringing a motion seeking to seal the material that references the identity of these jurors and replace that sealed material with a publicly available redacted version. The Crown also seeks an order prohibiting the parties from referring to jurors’ names or other information likely to reveal their identity during the appeal hearing, and a publication ban prohibiting the publication of information that could identify any juror. These requested confidentiality orders are similar to a confidentiality order the trial judge below imposed, which ordered that no transcript, distribution, or printing of a court proceeding in which this juror’s name was mentioned be made available.
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