The CBA Council approved a resolution today that supports the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada’s study entitled Access to Justice in Both Official Languages: Improving the Bilingual Capacity of the Superior Court Judiciary. The study concluded that the current appointment process of judges to superior courts and appeal courts has not ensured the appointment of a sufficient number of judges with the language skills needed to hear cases in both official languages.
The CBA urges the Minister of Justice to implement recommendations from the study.
Some of the recommendations include:
The resolution seeks to ensure equal access to justice to all Canadian litigants in the official language of their choice. The CBA has often advocated for bilingualism as a governing criteria in judicial appointments.
Christine Sopora is a writer and editor at the CBA. / Christine Sopora est rédactrice et éditorialiste à l’ABC.