Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Catalan language refused at Court in Barcelona

Barcelona Labour Law Court 11 rejected a petition made by lawyer Miquel Prats to the use of the Catalan language in a legal hearing, as per current law allowing free choice of language to be used legal proceedings.

Catalan newspaper El Punt Avui reported the lawyer’s petition was rejected in a court clerk's writ issued on 13th October. The writ denied the lawyer's right, basing the refusal on the fact that “Spanish is the only common and official language throughout the whole State territory”. But confusingly, it was also states that this is “without prejudice to the right of the parties to use other recognized co-official languages.”

The newspaper reported that after having been served the writ, Mr. Prats sent a formal objection to the governing body of the Superior Court of Catalonia (TSJC) in which he recalls the current legal dispositions and jurisprudence, including a TSJC ruling on the issue which would support his objection.

Catalan citizens are thus once again being discriminated against, even in their own land and by the administration of justice, just because they speak a different language.

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