Can I have my family law trial in French?

1. Learn about what you get

In family court, you have a right to ask for:

  • a judge who speaks French and English
  • French court interpreters for witnesses, parties, and lawyers who only speak English or French
  • a French translation of documents used in your case where documents and evidence were given to the court in English
  • a French translation of the judge’s decision where the judge wrote their decision and reasons in English, and if you or your lawyer only speak English or French

You can also have bilingual proceedings for other parts of your family law case such as motions, pre-trials, and conferences.

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