The Head of the Dutch-language Brussels Order of Barristers Peter Callens told the Brussels regional news platform Bruzz that Ms Massart “is an excellent magistrate”
However, there are doubts as to whether she is suitable to head a bilingual court. No fewer than six sources have confirmed in an article in the daily ‘De Standaard’ that Ms Massart is a good as mono-lingual French-speaking and that this raises issues about her suitability for the post of First President of the court.
However, the 1935 language laws do not stipulate that the First President of the bilingual Brussel Brussels Court of Appeal should themselves be bilingual. Dutch-language Brussels Order of Barristers and the Flemish Bar Council have written to the Justice Minister Koen Geens (Flemish Christian democrat) to express their concerns.
According to the daily ‘De Standaard’ Ms Massart is now taking Dutch lessons. She also plans to enlist the service of a colleague to help her with case that are conducted in Dutch.