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PROMOTING FRENCH IN COMMON LAW

The CBA French Speaking Common Law Members Section promotes the practice of common law in the French language. Our 550+ members work with the CBA to organize activities in French, including professional development programs and meetings.

Our Mandate

This Section:

  • Promotes and defends the values of bilingualism and bijuralism in the CBA as a whole;
  • Keeps abreast of matters pertaining to the practice of common law in French, access to justice in French and developments in language rights in relation to the administration of justice;
  • Provides strategic advice to CBA decision-making bodies on advocacy to advance the practice of common law in French, access to justice in French, and language rights in the administration of justice;
  • Maintains ongoing and effective relationships, and forms partnerships and alliances as needed, to advance the practice of common law in French, access to justice in French and language rights in relation to the administration of justice, with the following stakeholders:
    • CBA branches, particularly the Quebec Branch
    • Provincial and territorial law societies
    • The Fédération des associations de juristes d’expression française de common law and its member associations
    • Federal, provincial and territorial government departments whose mandate relates to justice, official languages and La Francophonie
    • Law schools
    • The Réseau national de formation en justice and its member organizations
    • Legal information centres for Francophone communities in a minority setting
    • Other groups or organizations that may support the Section to attain its mandate;
  • Promotes and raises awareness in the legal profession and the general public, on progress and challenges in the practice of common law in French and access to justice in French, and on developments in language rights;
  • Works with CBA departments to ensure the CBA offers a full range of services that meet the needs of French-speaking common law members, particularly professional development and information resources.

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