Chapter 1

An Organizational Story

1.3.4.2 Joint study on access to justice

The Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada announced on May 17, 2012, that he planned to undertake a study entitled Access to Justice in Both Official Languages: Improving the Bilingual Capacity of the Judiciary for Superior Courts. The French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario and the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick enthusiastically accepted their federal counterpart’s invitation to take part in this study, which will thoroughly explore two questions that fall within the competence of the federal government and promote institutional bilingualism of the judiciary for superior courts: the process of selecting and appointing judges, and language training provided to judges appointed to superior courts. A news release will be issued in 2013 to share the results of this important study.

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