Requesting the translation of a judgment

A judge is free to render a verdict in either English or French. For example, the judgment may be in English even if the trial took place in French. In such a situation, you can request a translation of the judgment.

Client base

The plaintiff or defendant in a court case may request a translation of the judgment.

Conditions

You must:

  • not be fluent in the language in which the judgment is written;
  • request a translation of the judgment into either French or English.

Procedure

To request the translation of a judgment, you must:

  • complete the form Request for the translation of a ju­dgment (SJ-1138A), available at the court office, and file it at the office of the courthouse where the judgment was rendered; or
  • draft a request in writing and file it at the office of the courthouse where the judgment was rendered.

Cost

No fee is charged for the translation of a judgment, However, if you need more than one copy, a charge is made for each extra copy.

Deadline

You must file your request as soon as possible.

Appeal of a judgment

If you request the translation of a judgment in order to appeal it, you should also contact a legal advisor, who will explain the recourses available to you to keep your right of appeal even if you receive the translated judgment after the deadline for filing an appeal. This is generally 30 days after the date of the judgment, but may be shorter in some cases. 

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