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Retiring to law school

By Christine Sopora April 4, 2014 4 April 2014

Retiring to law school

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Bilingual capacity of superior court and appeal court judiciary

By Christine Sopora February 22, 2014 22 February 2014

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:

  • Take measures, by September 1, 2014, in collaboration with his provincial and territorial counterparts, to ensure appropriate bilingual capacity in the judiciary of Canada's superior courts at all times;
  • Encourage the attorneys general of each province and territory to initiate a consultation process with the judiciary and the bar, with the participation of the French-speaking common law jurists' association or the legal community of the linguistic minority population, to take into consideration their point of view on the appropriate number of bilingual judges or designated bilingual positions.

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.

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Privacy in the private sector workplace

By Christine Sopora February 14, 2014 14 February 2014

Privacy in the private sector workplace

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Mining transparency

By Christine Sopora February 10, 2014 10 February 2014

Mining transparency

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Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

By Christine Sopora January 24, 2014 24 January 2014

Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

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Christine Sopora is a writer and editor at the CBA. / Christine Sopora est rédactrice et éditorialiste à l’ABC.

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