The Obligations and Challenges for French Language Services and Access to Justice 

Jun. 4, 2014
Toronto ON

Public Sector Lawyers/Official Languages Committee: The Obligations and Challenges for French Language Services and Access to Justice
Public Sector Lawyers | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In a predominantly English-speaking province, Ontario lawyers may have limited experience with French-language proceedings, clients, or opposing counsel, and French-speaking counsel and clients may encounter significant hurdles in accessing justice. As parties are entitled to pursue their legal rights in either official language, it is essential for all lawyers to understand the obligations and challenges in respect of these language rights.

Learn about the French-language rights and the systemic challenges in fulfilling these rights. Gain critical information and key strategies from our expert panel on how to handle the practical challenges of practicing in a bilingual society, including:

  • Understanding the relevant statutes and case law
  • What are your professional obligations in respect of French-language?
  • The benefits of offering legal services in French
  • Managing your client relationship when working with an interpreter
  • The additional barrier of language in dealing with self-represented parties
  • How to navigate a French proceeding in English, and vice versa

This program will be delivered in both French and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be available

This meeting will also serve as the section’s Annual Meeting. The slate for the 2014-2015 OBA Public Sector Lawyers section executive will be presented for approval by the Section members present at the meeting.


Dulce Mitchell,  Toronto Transit Commission
Josée Turcotte, Ontario Securities Commission


Josée Bouchard, Law Society of Upper Canada
Suzanne Deliscar, Suzanne E. Deliscar, Lawyer-Linguist
Paul Le Vay, Stockwoods LLP

Program Details

Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Agenda 12:00 pm Registration & Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Program (including Q & A session)
Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events
20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8

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