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Province Investing In The PratiquO Pilot Project

Web posted on June 19, 2017

Ontario, in partnership with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, is improving access to justice in French by establishing the province's first continuing professional development centre for Francophone legal professionals.

This project, piloted by the Office of Francophone Affairs and the University of Ottawa, is supported by Canadian Heritage, Justice Canada, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Association des juristes d'expression franaise de l'Ontario. Ontario is investing $100,000 in the pratiquO pilot project.

"The pratiquO pilot project was created to expand and increase access to French-language services in the justice system and I am thrilled to see it become a reality. The aim of this initiative is to encourage our jurists to practise in French for the benefit of Franco-Ontarians across the province." Marie-France Lalonde, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.

The pratiquO pilot project will help Francophone and Francophile justice professionals in Ontario meet the Law Society of Upper Canada requirement to complete 12 hours of professional development every year, and help non-jurists upgrade their legal skills in French.

pratiquO will provide monthly classroom or distance training sessions in French in various fields of law for the province's Francophone and Francophile jurists, paralegals and non-jurists (e.g., police, probation officers, court clerks).

Justice professionals from across the province are invited to take advantage of this French-language legal continuing professional development program which will include both online and in-class instruction. The pilot will run from June 2017 to August 2018.

"The Law Society is delighted to see the development of focused French legal training for licensees through pratiquO, and we are very pleased to support this unique, new initiative. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with the University of Ottawa and pratiquO, in helping to make increased French legal training content available for licensees, while also better enabling them to meet their `continuing professional development requirements." Paul B. Schabas, Treasurer, Law Society of Upper Canada.

Improving access to justice for Francophones and supporting professional development for francophone legal professionals is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.