Executive Summary – Bilingualism in Canada’s Court System: The Role of the Federal Government

Disponible en français. There are various rules governing the use of French and English within the Canadian judicial system. This Background Paper focuses on the federal government’s role in the matter, looking particularly at the issues relating to bilingualism within the Canadian court system. There are a number of different acts that govern the administration of justice in the two official languages, including the Constitution Act, 1867, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Official Languages Act. In addition to these constitutional and legislative obligations, there are a number of other…

Unreasonable Delays in Criminal Trials: the Impact of the Jordan Decision

(Disponible en français : Délais déraisonnables lors des procès criminels : les suites de l’arrêt Jordan) For a summary of the Jordan decision, see Maxime Charron-Tousignant, Unreasonable Delays in Criminal Trials: New Legal Framework, HillNotes, 17 August 2016. The Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision on 8 July 2016 in R. v. Jordan “has rocked” the Canadian justice system.…