On July 8, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia found the prohibition contained in section 148 of the British Columbia Securities Act that restricts disclosure by any person, except to his or her counsel, of "any information or evidence obtained or sought to be obtained or the name of any witness examined or sought to be examined" pursuant to an investigation by the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) to be unconstitutional. The petitioner in the case, a Vancouver commercial litigation lawyer, argued that the provisions made it difficult to adequately defend allegations of misconduct under the Securities Act or to prepare a witness to give evidence. While the provisions allow for disclosure with the consent of the BCSC, the Court of Appeal found that the prohibition, which is similar to the one found under section 16 of Ontario's Securities Act, infringes on the right to freedom of expression enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The order of invalidity, however, was delayed for a year. Whether new provisions are drafted that pass constitutional muster, or whether other provinces are affected by the persuasive force of the decision, remains to be seen.