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Iqaluit trial grinds to halt because judge does not speak French – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on October 7, 2019101 Views

7 October, 2019

“This is his absolute right under Canadian law”

A trial in Iqaluit was forced to grind to a halt last week, after lawyers involved in the case discovered the trial’s judge did not speak French.

The Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit holds court dates in French a few times a year. On the 2019 docket, there are three separate weeks listed as French court weeks.

Gabriel Choquette of Iqaluit was scheduled to go to trial for impaired driving charges on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Choquette had requested that his trial be conducted in French.

In his ruling the following morning, Oct. 3, Justice Paul Jeffrey said the trial could not continue without a French-speaking judge.

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