Law school language training would boost bilingualism among judges

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

Language training for law students could improve the bilingual capacity of Canada’s Superior Courts, Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar tells

The federal government recently released a seven-point plan aimed at boosting the number of judges available to hear cases in either official language.

The plan lays out strategies for verifying and assessing the bilingual ability of judicial applicants, as well as promising to examine language training for current members of the judiciary.

But Deliscar, principal of Deliscar Professional Corporation, a law firm that offers services in English, French and Spanish, says that by the time judges are appointed, it’s often too late to significantly improve their language skills. She notes the government would be better served by making changes to law school curricula.

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