ANNEX TO THE RULES
CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF MEMBERSHIP
The Association will afford recognition as Language Commissioner and Membership of the Association to those bodies whose role includes any or all of the following: to investigate and resolve, determine or make recommendations with regard to language related complaints against those whom such Offices are empowered to investigate or who function as compliance or advisory services in regard to language rights and obligations.
Membership is not reserved exclusively for those whose title includes the words 'Language Commissioner' and the Association does not exclude from membership any ombudsman or similar offices which have language related complaint handling or compliance services as an important part of their mandate or where a distinct element of the work of that service is focussed on issues of language rights.Criteria
Role - as ombudsman, compliance or advisory services on language rights and obligations
Independence – independent in fulfilling its function
Fairness –is dedicated to ensuring fairness as a core value
Openness – is transparent in the way it operates
Accountability – is accountable to the public or appropriate parliament
The Association expects Language Commissioner’s Offices to comply with the established norms and principles of good governance in fulfilling their functions and in line with their legislative mandate.Recognition
The decision on whether a Language Commissioner’s Offices is recognised as meeting the criteria for Membership of the Association will be made at the discretion of the Association.