Can a summons issued in English only be served in French?

Canada (Federal), Canada

The following excerpt is from Bilodeau v. A.G. (Man.), [1986] 1 SCR 449, 1986 CanLII 64 (SCC):

22. Wilson J. (dissenting)‑‑I agree with the Chief Justice for the reasons given by him that the summons served on the appellant is not invalid by virtue only of the fact that it was issued pursuant to an invalid statute. However, for the reasons I gave in MacDonald v. City of Montreal, [1986] 1 S.C.R. 460, (released concurrently herewith), I believe it violates the appellant's linguistic rights under s. 23 of the Manitoba Act, 1870 and is invalid for that reason. In my view, just as a person living in the Province of Quebec whose language is English is entitled under s. 133 of the Constitution Act, 1867 to an accommodation of his or her linguistic rights in the issuance of a French summons, so also is a person who is living in the Province of Manitoba whose language is French entitled under s. 23 of the Manitoba Act, 1870 to a similar accommodation in the issuance of an English summons. As I stated in MacDonald the state's obligation can be discharged by an addendum to the summons in the other official language notifying the recipient of the nature and importance of the document and directing him or her to obtain a translation from court officials.

Other Questions

When a warrant is issued for a search in the night is silent on the issue of night searches, can the issuing officer be persuaded to authorize a nighttime search? (MultiRegion, United States of America)
Is a passport issued by the issuing of a passport in a foreign country conferred nationality on the person to whom it was issued? (Canada (Federal), Canada)
Is it appropriate for the respondent to be served two weeks after the date of an order was issued? (Canada (Federal), Canada)
Does a recordkeeper have standing to challenge a summons issued under section 7604 of the Internal Revenue Code? (MultiRegion, United States of America)
Does a lawyer representing the French government have a constitutional right to speak English? (MultiRegion, United States of America)
How have courts treated the issue of misbehaviour in the context of prison security issues? (MultiRegion, United States of America)
Is a prothonotary's order for an appeal of an order requiring the Court of Appeal to consider the issues raised in this appeal are "vital to the final issue of the case"? (Canada (Federal), Canada)
When a search warrant is issued and the search warrant issued, what is the relevant evidence required at the suppression hearing? (MultiRegion, United States of America)
Does the mandate rule bar a district court from reopening an issue on remand where the issue was foregone? (MultiRegion, United States of America)
What is the basis for a visa application based on an English degree? (Canada (Federal), Canada)

Whitelogo nobg 300dpi sm

"The most advanced legal research software ever built."

Trusted by top litigators from across North America.