I have just found out that tomorrow, June 4, 2014 from 12 – 2 pm, the Ontario Bar Association is organizing an event entitled “The Obligations and Challenges for French Language Services and Access to Justice,” to be held in Toronto, Canada.
The program will be delivered in French and English with simultaneous interpretation available. You can attend via a webcast or live in person.
Here is the Bar Association’s notice:
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.
Credit: Thanks for the heads-up to Suzanne Deliscar and her LinkedIn notice.