Bilingual Judiciary Issue should be Addressed from Ground Up

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

While recent calls for all Supreme Court of Canada nominees to speak both English and French make sense, the real problem may be a lack of bilingual candidates, says Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar.

“At the federal level, we, as Canadians, are entitled to access our services in either English or French and, for that reason, I don’t see why we wouldn’t expect our judges to be bilingual,” Deliscar tells

But, she adds: “I think the real issue is that there aren’t enough judges that are bilingual to be appointed. So, there’s the issue of saying, ‘Yes, that’s what should be done,’ and then there’s the problem of actually implementing it.”

The lack of bilingual judges, says Deliscar, is a major problem for parties and counsel in Ontario and has become an issue on a number of occasions in certain court matters.

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