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SCC underscores federal courts’ obligation to vindicate official language rights at hearings
Suzanne Côté
‘All persons who appear in federal courts must be able to freely exercise their fundamental and substantive right to speak in the official language of their choice,’ Justices Clément Gascon and Suzanne Côté (above) jointly wrote for the court.

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

Last Updated: Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

Violations of language rights in court will usually require a new hearing, even if the fairness of the hearing wasn’t affected, the Supreme Court of Canada directs in a far-reaching 9-0 judgment that underscores the obligation of Canada’s federal courts to vindicate language rights, including by providing timely and effective interpretation services to litigants, witnesses and counsel at hearings. ... [read more]

RCMP chief superintendent’s drug-impaired driving comments could land him in court, lawyers say Subscriber only content Michael Spratt

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

A senior Canadian police official could one day find himself having to testify in a court challenge after saying the accuracy of current testing for driver impairment from cannabis lags that of alcohol, criminal lawyers say. ... [read more]

Legal profession has ‘stepped up’ to help Pro Bono Ontario, now it’s time for institutional help: lawyers Subscriber only content Quinn Ross sm

Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 9:21 AM

When the Honourable Thomas Cromwell broke the news that Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) would be closing three of its Law Help Centres the legal profession responded with a rallying cry that said: Access to justice matters to us. ... [read more]