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British Columbia court dismisses man's appeal to have trial conducted in French

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 11:05 AM | By Amanda Jerome

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court’s decision to deny a man’s request to have his trial conducted in French after he was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1996.  

Jennifer Klinck, Power LawJoseph Bessette was charged with driving while prohibited in September 2014. Bessette is a francophone residing in B.C., so when he appeared at the provincial court of British Columbia he requested his trial be conducted in French.

The request was dismissed by Justice Peder Gulbransen in July 2015,...