The Hill: One unilingual judge on SCC bench enough | Commentary | Law Times News
The law is clear. It stipulates that in Canada, everyone has the right to a hearing before the top court in either official language.
The joke is that it doesn’t say that the person who is heard has to be understood by the judges.
There’s one unilingual judge on the Supreme Court right now, Justice Marshall Rothstein. He still hasn’t learned French as he promised to do when he took the job. That causes a bind for his fellow judges when they get together to discuss cases.
One unilingual judge on the bench is enough. That’s why the Barreau du Québec is opposing Moldaver’s appointment.