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Language rights denial prompts strong rebuke

Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Kim Arnott

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has quashed an Ottawa man’s committal for trial and ordered his legal costs paid after finding “repeated” and “reprehensible” violations of his right to a criminal proceeding in French.

The unanimous decision in R. v. Munkonda [2015] O.J. No. 2283 sends a strong message to lower courts about according equal respect to English and French, say legal observers interested in language rights.

“This is a very significant decision,” said Francois Larocque, an associate law professor at the University of Ottawa....