Lawyer Robert Regular, pictured above in 2020, is due to stand trial in 2023 in Newfoundland and Labrador for sexual assault and sexual interference on a minor.
Newfoundland and Labrador lawyer charged with sexual assault won't be able to stop media from exposing his identity.
A Supreme Court of Canada decision on Thursday ended his legal battle for a ban that would have prevented the publication of his name or any identifying details.
The charges, filed in May and December 2021, all involve the same complainant, including an assault allegedly committed when she was 12, according to court documents. The assaults were allegedly committed between 2002 and 2012 in the Conception Bay South area.
The attorney had asked the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador a publication ban to prevent the disclosure of his name or any other identifying details.View larger
The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa has dismissed Robert Regular's appeal .
According to court documents, Mr. Regular has pleaded that he is a prominent lawyer and that the publication of his name would have significant professional, social and emotional impacts, #x27;especially since one of the charges concerns a minor.
The court initially granted an interim publication ban, but CBC and the CTV network challenged it in March, under freedom of the press and open court principles.
The province's Supreme Court ultimately dismissed the motion on March 23, ruling that such leave would allow almost anyone charged with a criminal offense to seek the same protection .
The judge, however, granted a stay of execution to allow the accused to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The nation's highest court announced Thursday that it will not hear Me Regular's appeal. The Supreme Court does not give its reasons when granting or denying an application for leave to appeal.
Me Regular is due to stand trial beginning on May 29, 2023 in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.