Justice in Official Languages - Newsletter
(No02 | July 2011)

Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund

Each issue of the Newsletter highlights a number of projects that are financed by the Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund. Each of these projects, in its own way, is evidence of the dynamic growth of the access to justice in both official languages network.

Pre-law Program

As of September 2011, the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) will offer a pre-law program for new francophone or francophile immigrants registered in the French Common Law Program who have not previously studied at a Canadian university.

The program’s objective is to improve these students’ chances of success by giving them time to adapt to Canadian educational and university realities and letting them know what tools are available to the student population.

Portal of Legal and Jurilinguistic Tools

The Centre for Legal Translation and Documentation at the University of Ottawa, in cooperation with the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO), is working to develop an Internet portal containing all of the legal and jurilinguistic tools and resources available in Canada. In addition to allowing for widespread dissemination of tools and resources for the entire legal community, as well as the general public, this platform will foster networking by providing a forum for exchanging and sharing expertise.

Justice for All

The Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNÉ) will write 25 public service announcements for radio to help educate and inform Nova Scotia’s Acadian and Francophone communities about various aspects of the law. The public service announcements will be broadcast on local community radio stations throughout Nova Scotia.

Mission Justice!

The AJEFO is organizing a series of eight camps in May 2011 and 2012 (four each year) for grade five students attending French-language schools in Ontario. These camps will introduce these young people to Canada’s justice system, foster their awareness of the concept of citizenship, reinforce their affinity for Canadian Francophonie, and inform them of the possibility of pursuing a career in law.

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