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December 2017 Archives

The Right to a Trial in the Official Language of You Choice

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, the Criminal Code of Canada allows you to proceed to trial in the official language of your choice (s. 530(1)). This right guarantees an accused person the right to have a trial in the French language or the English language and the proceedings would include a prosecutor and a judge (and jury if applicable) who can speak the official language of choice. The Criminal Code also allows for bilingual trials. For example, it is possible to have some witnesses testify in English while others testify in French.

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