Language Rights and Divorce in British Columbia
May 06, 2021
Author: Georgia Barnard
Did you know that you could divorce in French in British Columbia?
As of March 1, 2021, litigants may use either official language in divorce proceedings. This includes filing pleadings or other documents, giving evidence, or making submissions. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided by the court on request, as will translations of judgments or orders. The litigants also have a right to a judge who speaks the same official language as that party (or both official languages, as the case may be).
According to the 2016 census, there are roughly 55,000 people in British Columbia who speak French as their…