Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel Provides Advice
McGuinty Government Receives Report
The final report by the minister's Anti-Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (Anti-SLAPP) Advisory Panel is now available.
The report gives advice on how to prevent abusive lawsuits from being used to silence critics.
Some of the recommendations include:
- A test for courts to quickly recognize a SLAPP suit
- Appropriate remedies for SLAPP suits
- Appropriate limits to the protection of anti-SLAPP legislation
- Methods to prevent abuse of any future anti-SLAPP legislation.
The government will carefully review the report and the recommendations of the panel.
- The three-person Anti-SLAPP Advisory Panel was chaired by Mayo Moran and included Brian MacLeod Rogers and Peter Downard.
- Quebec passed its anti-SLAPP legislation in June 2009. Approximately half of U.S. states have anti-SLAPP statutes.
- On April 30, 2010, the Uniform Law Conference of Canada adopted a Uniform Abuse of Process Act.
“I would like to thank the panelists for their hard work and thoughtful advice. This is a very complex issue. I will be considering their advice, along with the advice of other members of the public who wish to comment.”