Can I have my family law trial in French?

These French language rights are available in all court proceedings, including your family hearing or trial:

  • you're allowed to your court documents in French
  • you have the right to ask the court to translate the Reasons for Judgement or any other document filed with the court into either French or English, at no cost to you

If you live in Ontario and speak French, you have the right to have your civil proceedings in French.

The law doesn't use the words “French proceeding” or “French trial”. Instead, proceedings are referred to as bilingual proceedings.

You have the right to bilingual proceedings in all hearings in your family law case, like motions, pre-trials, and conferences.

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