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CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Legal rights - Procedural rights - Right to an interpreter

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 8:32 AM  

Appeal by the accused, Gill, from convictions for sexual offences. The accused was born in India and came to Canada in 2011. His primary language was Punjabi. He had some facility with the English language, with basic verbal skills. The accused was charged with the aggravated sexual assault and choking of his domestic partner, in addition to breach of a non-communication order and obstruction of justice. At the preliminary hearing, the appellant had the assistance of a court-appointed interpreter who provided word-for-word interpretation. A pre-trial conference...