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Making it Easier to Access Justice in French

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Making it Easier to Access Justice in French

McGuinty Government Committed to Supporting Franco-Ontarians

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario is making it easier for Francophones to access the justice system in the official language of their choice. 

The government is establishing a steering committee with representatives from the justice sector and other organizations to review and develop an implementation plan that responds to the recommendations outlined in the French Language Services Bench and Bar Advisory Committee's report --  Access to justice in French.

Access to justice in French was released on Aug. 2, 2012 and describes the steps needed to ensure that French speakers have effective access to justice in French while making the most efficient use of existing resources.

The McGuinty government is committed to ensuring that all Ontarians have fair and seamless access to the Ontario justice system in the official language of their choice.

Quick Facts

  • Access to justice in French in Ontario outlined 17 key recommendations in nine activity sectors for which accountability and evaluation methods were defined.
  • The Attorney General established the French Language Services Bench and Bar Committee in 2010 following a recommendation made by the Commissioner.
  • Three pieces of legislation form the current legislative framework for French-language rights in the justice sector in Ontario: the Criminal Code, the Courts of Justice Act and the French Language Services Act. These pieces of legislation confirm the official status of French in the justice system.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“Our government is committed to ensuring that all Ontarians have fair and seamless access to the Ontario justice system in the official language of their choice. We’re very proud of efforts made thus far by all justice stakeholders to support access to justice in French in Ontario, and we’re looking forward to helping them even further with a roadmap to provide French services in a cost and time sensitive manner.”

John Gerretsen

Attorney General

“In renewing our commitment to enhance access to justice in French in Ontario, our government is ensuring that French speaking citizens are provided with the supports and services they need to deal with our justice system.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

“I wish to thank the Attorney General for his leadership in continuing to ensure access to justice in French in Ontario, as it is a fundamental right. I am pleased that the Bench and Bar Advisory Committee’s recommendations have been heard and that the needs of French-speaking citizens are being put amongst the Ministry of the Attorney General’s top priorities.”

François Boileau

French Language Services Commissioner

Media Contacts

  • Elaine Flis

    Minister's Office

    416-326-7071

  • Brendan Crawley

    Communications Branch

    416-326-2210

  • Simon Côté

    Office of the French Language Services Commissioner

    416-314-8247

  • Jenna Mannone

    Minister’s Office

    Jenna.Mannone@ontario.ca

    416-326-4019

  • Brendan Crawley

    Communications Branch

    Brendan.Crawley@ontario.ca

    416-326-2210

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