Ottawa Pilot for French Legal Services a Good Start

Posted on: June 19th, 2015 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar says a provincial pilot project in Ottawa that aims to provide French-speaking Ontarians timely and seamless access to French-language justice services is an encouraging step in the right direction and she hopes it will be extended to other communities.

“I think it’s great that this clinic exists,” she tells

“It’s really shedding a light on the issues. It’s one more step in the suite of developments to make sure that anybody who wants to access legal services in French has the opportunity to do so.”

Delivered in partnership with Ontario’s chief justices, the Ottawa project will help reduce potential challenges faced by French-speaking litigants, lawyers and other users of Ontario’s courts by introducing a number of services, including designated French-speaking counter service representatives, legal information on French-language rights displayed on screens in the courthouse and more signage promoting French-language services that are offered on-site.

The Ministry of the Attorney General’s website says the project is a response to a number of recommendations set out by the French Language Services Bench and Bar advisory committee in its 2012 Access to Justice in French report and the French Language Services Commissioner’s 2013-2014 annual report.




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