Gouvernement du Québec - Justice

Government bodies

Government bodies under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Justice

Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse
Commission des services juridiques
Conseil de la justice administrative
Conseil du statut de la femme
Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales
Fonds d'aide aux recours collectifs
Office de la protection du consommateur
Office des professions du Québec
Société québécoise d'information juridique
Tribunal administratif du Québec


Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse

President
Jacques Frémont

Mandate

The mission of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse is to ensure that the principles set forth in the Charter of human rights and freedoms Clicking on this icon will take you to another website. are upheld.

The Commission is responsible for the administration of Part III of the Charter and of the Act respecting equal access to employment in public bodies Clicking on this icon will take you to another website. as regards affirmative action programs.

The mission of the Commission is also to ensure that the interests of children are protected and that their rights recognized by the Youth Protection Act Clicking on this icon will take you to another website. and the Youth Criminal Justice Act Clicking on this icon will take you to another website. are respected.

The Commission was established by the Charter of human rights and freedoms. The name and responsibilities of the Commission result from the merging in 1995 of the previous mandates of the Commission des droits de la personne and the Commission de protection des droits de la jeunesse.

Services

The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse provides the following services:

  • human rights investigations;
  • youth protection investigations;
  • information on human rights and the rights of children and young people;
  • education on human rights and the rights of children and young people;
  • assistance in the implementation of affirmative action programs.

Location of services

The services of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse are provided by the regional offices of the Commission.


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Commission des services juridiques

President
Denis Roy

Mandate

The Commission des services juridiques is a legal aid commission established under the Legal Aid Act. Its mandate is to ensure that legal aid is provided to economically underprivileged persons.

The Commission is responsible for setting up community legal centres to provide legal aid, and for overseeing their funding. The Commission also accredits and finances local legal aid clinics, which are established on the recommendation of a community legal centre.

In addition to establishing and maintaining the network of community legal centres, the Commission oversees their operations. It investigates any community legal centre that shows operating losses or poor management practices, provides inadequate services, or whose activities fail to comply with the Legal Aid Act or to the regulations established under it.

Another important function of the Commission, besides control and supervision, is to educate and inform, with a focus on the people using its services. It also conducts studies and surveys to improve the quality of its services.

Services

  • Provide assistance for economically underprivileged persons to allow them to obtain legal counsel from a lawyer or notary and, if necessary, exercise their rights in a court of law
  • Provide information concerning legal aid

Service points

The Commission's services are provided at your local Legal Aid office .

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Conseil de la justice administrative

President
Normand Bolduc

Mandate

The duties of the Conseil de la justice administrative, the administrative justice council, are:

  • to establish a code of ethics applicable to the members of the Tribunal administratif du Québec;
  • to receive and examine any complaint lodged against a member of the Tribunal administratif du Québec, an agent of the Régie du logement or a commissioner of the Commission des lésions professionnelles, particularly for a violation of their code of ethics or the rules relating to conflicts of interest;
  • to advise the president of the Tribunal administratif du Québec concerning the rules of procedure adopted by the Tribunal;
  • to report to the Minister of Justice on any question submitted by the Minister to the Conseil.

Services

Receive, process and investigate complaints.

Service points

See the website of the Conseil de la justice administrative.

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Conseil du statut de la femme

President
Julie Miville-Dechêne

Mandate

The Conseil du statut de la femme is a government organization that has promoted and defended women’s rights and interests in Québec since 1973.

With the aim of ensuring equality between men and women, the Conseil:

  • advises the Minister and the Québec government on questions concerning equality and respect for the rights and status of women;
  • provides relevant information for women and the public.

Services

Receive, process and investigate complaints.

Service points

See the website Clicking on this icon will take you to another website. of the Conseil du statut de la femme

 

Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales

Director
Claude Lachapelle

Mandate

The Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales, acting on behalf of the State, directs prosecutions under the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and all other federal Acts that empower the Attorney General of Québec to act as prosecutor. The Director also prosecutes all other cases to which the Code of Penal Procedure applies, and advises the police forces responsible for enforcing Québec legislation on all aspects of an investigation or criminal and penal proceedings.

Services

The Director’s mandate includes

  • performing all the duties of a prosecutor;
  • advising police forces on all aspects of an investigation or criminal and penal proceedings;
  • performing any other duties assigned by the Attorney General or Minister of Justice.

Service points

The work of the Director is performed by eight specialized offices, dealing respectively with: Bureau de la jeunesse de Montréal, Bureau de la qualité des services professionnels, Bureau de lutte au crime organisé, Bureau de lutte aux produits de la criminalité, Bureau des affaires criminelles et jeunesse, Bureau des affaires pénales, Bureau de service-conseil and Bureau des affaires extérieures, de la sécurité et du développement.

In addition to the eight specialized offices listed above, criminal and penal prosecuting attorneys provide services at 39 different service points throughout Québec. Some prosecuting attorneys also provide itinerant services to the many different Native communities in Québec.

See the website (in French) of the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales.

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Fonds d'aide aux recours collectifs

President
Jacques Parent

Mandate

The Fonds d'aide aux recours collectifs is an assistance fund for class action suits established under the Act respecting the class action Clicking on this icon will take you to another website.. A class action is a procedure that allows a person to sue on behalf of all the persons having sustained the same damage. The mandate of the Fond d'aide aux recours collectifs is to help finance class action suits in first instance or on appeal, and to publish information on the filing of class action suits.

By law, any individual, non-profit corporation governed by Part III of the Companies Act, cooperative governed by the Cooperatives Act, or association of employees mentioned in the second paragraph of article 60 of the Code of Civil Procedure, may, provided the stipulated conditions are fulfilled, obtain financial aid from the Fund in order to bring a civil class action suit (articles 999 and following of the Code of Civil Procedure Clicking on this icon will take you to another website.) on behalf of persons whose claims are sufficiently similar to justify their grouping in a single case.

When the Fund grants financial aid, it sets the terms of payment and reimbursement with the applicant and the applicant's counsel. If assistance is denied, the applicant may appeal the Fund's decision before the Tribunal administrative du Québec. Class actions Clicking on this icon will take you to another website. are heard by the Superior Court of Québec.

For further information on the procedure for obtaining financial assistance from the Fonds d'aide aux recours collectifs, click here Clicking on this icon will take you to another website. (In French).

See the website of the Fonds d'aide aux recours collectifs (In French).

Services

  • Funding for class action suits which meet the conditions provided for by law
  • Publication of information on how to file a class action suit

Service points

Montréal
Telephone: (514) 393-2087

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Office de la protection du consommateur

President
Ginette Galarneau

Mandate

Under section 292 of the Consumer Protection Act Clicking on this icon will take you to another website., the Office is mandated to :

  • supervise the application of the Consumer Protection Act and of any other act under which it is charged with such supervision;
  • receive complaints from consumers;
  • educate and inform the population on matters of consumer protection;
  • carry out studies respecting consumer protection and where required, make recommendations to the Minister;
  • promote and subsidize the establishment and development of consumer protection services or bodies and to cooperate with such services and bodies;
  • make merchants, manufacturers and advertisers aware of consumer needs and demands;
  • promote the interests of consumers before those governmental bodies whose activities affect consumers;
  • evaluate goods and services offered to consumers;
  • cooperate with the various governmental departments and bodies of Québec in matters of consumer protection and to coordinate the work done by such departments and bodies for such purpose;
  • create, by regulation, consumer protection regional advisory councils for the regions designated by it, to determine their composition, functions, duties and powers, and their administrative modes and procedures, and to provide emoluments to their members.

As part of its mandate, the Office is responsible for overseeing the administration of four statutes:

Services

Services offered by the Office de la protection du consommateur include:

  • general information for consumers;
  • receipt and processing of complaints from consumers;
  • information to merchants and improvement of their awareness with regard to their legal obligations;
  • issuance of certain permits;
  • information on complaints against a merchant (Merchant's profile).

Location of services

The services of the Office de la protection du consommateur are provided by the regional offices (in French) of the Office.

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Office des professions du Québec

President
Jean Paul Dutrisac

Mandate

The Office des professions du Québec, the professions office, was established under the Professional Code, which, in section 12, determines the chief elements of its mandate.

The Office must see that each professional order ensures the protection of the public. When deemed necessary, it proposes the establishment of new orders or the amalgamation or dissolution of existing orders, as well as amendments to the laws that regulate them; it promotes dialogue between orders whose members carry out related activities; it suggests ways to ensure the best possible training for professionals; and it formulates recommendations concerning the by-laws of professional orders.

The Office oversees a network of 45 professional orders made up of over 320,000 members, governed by one general Act, the Professional Code, 25 special Acts to establish and regulate the professional orders with an exclusive right to practice, and over 600 regulations.

The system is largely decentralized. Each profession is governed by a professional order, directed by a Bureau, whose members are elected by the members of the order.

Services

  • Reception and processing of applications submitted to the Office
  • Information on the recourses available to citizens concerning the conduct of the 45 professional orders and their 320,000 members
  • Notices, reports and viewpoints on issues within its jurisdiction

Service points

See the website of the Office des professions du Québec.

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Société québécoise d'information juridique

President
Philippe-André Tessier

Mission

SOQUIJ analyzes, organizes and adds value to the law in Québec, supporting legal professionals in their search for solutions and helping members of the general public improve their understanding of the law.

Products and services

SOQUIJ gateway

  • Legal research: searches of jurisprudence, legislation and doctrine in Québec and Canada
  • Courthouse and municipal court record offices: searches for the legal files of individuals and companies
  • Collections: an on-line library of a range of legal works
  • The Express newsletter: personalized electronic newsletter on topics of current legal interest

Services to the general public

On the SOQUIJ website, members of the general public can view decisions by Québec courts and tribunals and locate provincial and federal legislation. With assistance from Éducaloi, the website provides information on courts and their procedures.

For more information about the products and services available, go to the website at soquij.qc.ca.


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Tribunal administratif du Québec

President
Mathieu Proulx

Mandate

The Tribunal administratif du Québec was established under the Act respecting administrative justice. It has jurisdiction to make determinations in respect of proceedings brought against administrative decisions rendered by public authorities such as government departments, boards, commissions, municipalities, health care establishments, etc.

Services

The Tribunal consists of four divisions.

The social affairs division is chiefly responsible for proceedings in such matters as income security, welfare and family allowances, the protection of patients with mental illnesses, health and social services, immigration, pension plans and certain compensation plans.

The immovable property division hears cases involving municipal property evaluations, rental value, and compensation following expropriation.

The territory and environment division hears proceedings relating to the preservation of agricultural land and environmental protection.

Last, the economic affairs division rules on proceedings relating to permits and authorizations under various economic, industrial, professional or commercial Acts.

Service points

See the website of the Tribunal administratif du Québec.
Determinations (with reasons) rendered by the Tribunal administratif du Québec since April 1, 1998 (In French)

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Latest update: December 10, 2014



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