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Quebec Bar files motion calling on province to change law drafting process

MONTREAL — Quebec's law society is heading to court to challenge the way the provincial government goes about drafting and passing laws.

The Quebec Bar Association says the current process is flawed and doesn't respect the Canadian Constitution.

It says in a motion filed last Friday the problem lies in the fact the laws are drafted in French and then translated into English only after the fact instead of simultaneously.

The bar argues that legislators therefore never get to see the English version before a bill is passed, leading to differences between the two versions.

And the bar says the resulting legislation deprives all Quebec litigants of the right to the same version of the law in accordance with constitutional norms.

In a motion seeking a declaratory judgment, the bar is asking the court to recommend the province be granted 18 months to set up a new translation arrangement.

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