Thursday, 10 January 2008

La Limralingvo en la Tribunaloj The Lawyer:

Wales' Magistrates' Courts are set to encourage parties to use the Welsh language in legal proceedings.

A new protocol has been launched to ensure that all court users know that it is their right to use the Welsh language in court.

Judge Eleri Rees, the chair of the working group, said that all parties and witnesses in hearings should not only be aware of their right to use Welsh but should be positively encouraged to do so.

"We hope that the protocol will not only raise awareness but assist magistrates and court staff in implementing best practice in meeting the linguistic needs of court users," said Rees.

The guidelines have been brought in after a working group spent a year collating information to identify the practicalities of conducting cases in Welsh.

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