Gouvernement du Québec - Justice

Translation of judgments

The law recognizes a judge's right to draft a judgment in either French or English, regardless of the language used at the trial itself.

As a result, if you are a party to a trial and you do not understand the language in which the judgment is written, you are entitled, under the Charter of the French language, to obtain a translation free of charge, whether from French to English or from English to French. You must submit your request as soon as possible, in writing, to the office of the court where the judgment was rendered, preferably using the Request for the translation of a judgment form (SJ-1138A).



If you wish to appeal the court's decision but have not received the translation of the judgment before, or shortly before, the deadline set by law for filing an appeal, various recourses are available to protect your right of appeal.

However, the appropriate recourse varies depending on the specific circumstances of each case and the time that has elapsed since the judgment was rendered. It is recommended that you consult a legal advisor who will indicate the best course to follow.

Please note

You generally have 30 days from the date of the judgment to file an appeal, but some statutes set a shorter time limit. In all cases, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible.

To make it easier to exercise the appropriate recourse, the website of the Court of Appeal provides information on the procedure Clicking on this icon will take you to another website. that applies at the Court of Appeal, along with some sample documents Clicking on this icon will take you to another website..

It is important to note that a fee may be charged when you file certain proceedings at the court office. The fees that apply to an appeal are set out in the Tariff of judicial fees in civil matters.

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The content of this document is strictly informative and has no legal value.

If you find some of the information difficult to understand, do not hesitate to contact us. Please note, however, that we cannot interpret the information.


Latest update: April 22, 2016

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