The Supreme Court will not hear the SFM on the importance of being understood in French

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The Supreme Court will not hear the SFM on the importance of being understood in French

The Supreme Court denied SFM's claim on the grounds that it raises a new issue that would broaden the scope of the case.

The Court supreme refused permission to intervene with the Société de la francophonie manitobaine (SFM) on a case related to the importance of being understood in French before the courts.

The SFM and the Association des juristes d'expression française du Manitoba (AJEFM) wanted to intervene jointly in a case between the Commission scolaire francophone des Territoires du Nord-Ouest and the territory's Department of Education, Culture and Training .

The case, which addresses two issues, is due to be heard by the Supreme Court in 2023.

One question concerns the interpretation of section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the registration of students of parents who do not have the right to French education. The second is the right to be heard and understood in French in the courts. This is what the SFM wanted to comment on.

In their joint brief, the SFM and the AJEFM argue that it is inconsistent to have the right to address a court in French without being understood directly. Both organizations point out that this issue is closely linked to the institutional bilingualism anchored in section 23 of the Manitoba Act dating from 1870.

The Supreme Court refused their request because it raises a new issue, namely the interpretation and application of s. 23 of the Manitoba Act, 1870, according to the proceedings bulletin of November 16.

If these interventions were authorized, they would have the effect of enlarging the scope of the 'case, continues the bulletin.

The SFM indicated that it was within the competence of the AJEFM to comment, given the legal nature of the case. Solicited, this one did not answer.

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