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What are my rights if I don't understand English or French?

What are my rights if I don't understand English or French?
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November 20, 2017
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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects your right to get help from an interpreter if you don't understand English or French. Interpretation services for criminal and child protection cases are offered in any language required.

You can have an interpreter every time you go to court. This includes your bail hearing, preliminary inquiry, and trial.

If you have a witness or a potential surety who has difficulty understanding English or French, you can also ask for a court interpreter to help them.

The government pays certified interpreters to help people in court. You don't have to pay anything to use a court interpreter.

 

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