Justice in Official Languages - Newsletter
(No01 | Fall 2010)

The JOL Unit’s partners

The JOL Unit works with a number of partners, which are above all considered their allies because without them, their work would be more laborious and less effective. The main partners are the following:

The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Working Group on Access to Justice in Both Official Languages

This group, co-chaired by representatives from the Department of Justice Canada and one province, benefits from the participation of all the provinces and territories. It focuses mainly on issues surrounding the implementation of the Criminal Code linguistic provisions stated at Sections 530 and following.

Advisory Sub-committee on Access to Justice in Both Official Languages

This committee brings together the non-governmental partners of the JOL Unit, such as the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada and the Quebec Community Groups Network; the seven associations of French-speaking jurists (Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia) and their national federation; faculties of law (Moncton, Ottawa, McGill, and Laurentian[1]); the four jurilinguistic centres (Moncton, Ottawa, Winnipeg and McGill); and a representative from Quebec’s English-speaking legal community. This committee helps to better understand the needs of Canadians from official language minorities who appear before the courts and of the legal community that serves them.

Network of Stakeholders Working in the Field of Justice and Security

The Network of Stakeholders Working in the Field of Justice and Security (Justice and Security Network) is the most recent partner of the JOL Unit. It brings together several federal institutions that are concerned about issues of justice and security in official languages: the Department of Justice Canada, Public Safety Canada, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, Canadian Heritage, National Defence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and Health Canada.

In October 2009, the Justice and Security Network organized a Forum on Vulnerable Young Francophones in Minority Communities in order to better understand the issues related to young francophones who are vulnerable and at risk of coming into conflict with the law. This forum made it clear that very little is known about the situation of these young people. The Justice and Security Network is therefore preparing to conduct an environmental scan to better define the issues pertaining to these young people and meet their specific needs.

[1] Department of Law and Justice