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I speak French. How do I ask for my criminal trial to be in French?

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I speak French. How do I ask for my criminal trial to be in French?
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I speak French. How do I ask for my criminal trial to be in French?
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November 20, 2017
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Anyone charged with a criminal offence in Canada has the right to a trial in English or French. This means that the Crown prosecutor, judge, and jury must speak and understand the language.

If you speak French, you have the right to have your trial in French. But you must make an application.

The deadline for filing your application depends on what you've be charged with and the court where your trial will be held. The deadline will be before your trial date.

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