Justice in Official Languages - Newsletter
(No03 | November 2011)

Highlighted Events

New Section 41 Coordinator in Quebec

Kim Sheppard

We are pleased to announce that Kim Sheppard, counsel with the Quebec Regional Office, is the new Section 41 Coordinator for Quebec, responsible for implementing Section 41 of the Official Languages Act within the Department of Justice Canada. She replaces Francisco Couto, who was appointed Director General of the Quebec Regional Office. Representatives for Quebec’s Anglophone groups should therefore contact Kim Sheppard to learn more about the Department of Justice Canada’s programs and initiatives.

E-mail: kim.sheppard@justice.gc.ca

The Status of the French Language in the Regulation of the Legal Profession

The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law’s Common Law Section organized a conference on the status of French in the regulation of the legal profession. Topics included the history and status of bilingualism in law societies. Access to the legal profession, continuing legal education and professional discipline in French was also discussed.

Date: September 23, 2011
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Information: http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/news/common-law-section-news/le-statut-du-francais-dans-la-reglementation-de-la-profession-juridique.html

French Language Institute for Professional Development

The Ontario Attorney General’s Office is pursuing its partnership with the Department of Justice Canada for the French Language Institute for Professional Development. The purpose of this project is to offer language training sessions to justice system stakeholders who are responsible for providing services in French. The training includes presentations on the legislative framework and case law, mock trials, simulated guilty plea and examination exercises, and legal terminology workshops.

Date: October 24 to 28, 2011
Location: Sudbury, Ontario
Information: mirjeta.dhamo@ontario.ca

French Training for Provincial Court Judges

French training for provincial court judges, offered by the Centre international d’apprentissage du français (CIAF), is intended for bilingual judges who would like to improve their knowledge of legal French and their ability to manage legal activities in French.

Date: October 24 to 28, 2011
Location: Caraquet, New Brunswick
Information: josee.godin@umcs.ca

Reminder: Legal French Improvement Week


The Centre canadien de français juridique is offering Crown prosecutors, probation officers and clerks a five-day training session in Montreal, with the aim of strengthening the court system’s bilingual stakeholders’ knowledge of legal French.

Date: November 14 to 18, 2011
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Information: http://ccfjinc.ca (in French only)