National Virtual Conference on Language Rights in Prosecutions

This event is Part II of the National Conference on Language Rights in Prosecutions and will be held on-line (Zoom) on October 27 and 28, 2021, from 14:00 to 17:00 (ADT) each day. Part I of the conference was held on September 28 and 29. This said, participants who were only registered for Part I of the Conference (September 28 and 29), just like those who were not, can still register for Part II of the Conference (October 27 and 28).  And participants who have previously received confirmation of their registration for Part II of the Conference do not need to register again.

The Conference remains free and simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Up to six hours in Professional Development can be accredited by the Law Societies.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 20, at midnight, by communicating with Alison Williams at [email protected].

As of today, over 300 jurists from across Canada have registered to participate in any combination of the 4 dates of Parts I and II of the Conference. But there are many places available since it is a virtual event.

This conference includes panel discussions on a variety of issues related to language rights in prosecutions such a selection of jurors, unrepresented accused, the Gladue principles, and potential improvements to language rights in prosecutions. There are also three guest speakers: Justice Paul Rouleau of the Ontario Court of Appeal, Patrick Michel, Director of the Criminal and Penal Prosecutions of Quebec, and Susan Kyle, Assistant Attorney General of Ontario.

The panelists and moderators are from across the country and include several judges, provincial and federal crown attorneys, defence counsel, and experts on languages rights. In addition to Justice Paul Rouleau, four other judges are participating in the Conference on October 27 or 28 as moderators or panelists, more specifically Chief Justice Mary Moreau of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin of the Superior Court of Ontario, Justice Anna Loparco of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and Justice Julie Bourgeois of the Court of Justice of Ontario.


To register please write to Alison Williams at [email protected] at latest by October 20, at midnight.


The event is organized by the Department of Justice Canada, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions of Quebec and the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario.