Gouvernement du Québec - Justice

Administrative Structure

Bureau de la sous-ministre

The Ministère de la Justice is under the administrative management of the Deputy Minister, Me Nathalie G. Drouin, who holds the office of Deputy Attorney General and ensures that all departmental activities are carried on in pursuance of the Department's mission and orientations.

The Deputy Minister chairs the Department’s executive committee and ensures harmonious relations with judges, the bar association (Barreau du Québec), the notaries’ association (Chambre des notaires du Québec), the bailiffs’ association (Chambre des huissiers du Québec), and other organizations under the authority of the Minister of Justice. The Deputy Minister is responsible for relations with other Québec, Canadian and foreign government agencies and with organizations representing various groups affected by the Department’s actions.

Four administrative units come directly under the authority of the Deputy Minister: the Bureau de la sous-ministre, the Direction de la vérification interne, the Direction des communications and the Direction des orientations et politiques.

The role of the Bureau de la sous-ministre is to provide the Deputy Minister with immediate assistance in the performance of her duties and day-to-day tasks. It provides follow-up on all departmental activities, namely the administration of civil and criminal justice, the preparation of legal opinions provided by the Minister of Justice as the government's chief legal adviser, the drafting of legislation, and the enforcement of the laws within the Department’s jurisdiction. The Bureau de la sous-ministre is also responsible for access to information and the protection of personal information.

The Direction de la vérification interne provides senior management with advice and recommendations on improving the quality of the Department’s operations.

The Direction des communications advises the Department on internal and external communications. It develops and implements communication strategies using press releases, speeches, brochures, websites and Intranet, in-house journals, public relations and public information activities, and participation in seminars and conventions. It also coordinates the processing and follow-up of complaints received from citizens and oversees compliance with the Act respecting the flag and emblems of Québec.

The mission of the Direction des orientations et politiques is to advise the departmental authorities on overall policy in the field of justice.

Among other duties, the Direction des orientations et politiques drafts justice-related orientations and policies, and makes recommendations to the departmental authorities with assistance from the administrative divisions concerned. It plays an advisory role in the fields of criminal, penal and youth law, family and defines strategies to adapt and improve the justice system for specific groups such as Natives, young people, women, victims and the intellectually impaired.

The Direction des orientations et politiques has six administrative units: Bureau des affaires autochtones, Bureau d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels and teams Veille et affaires sociales, Affaires criminelles et pénales, Droit des victimes et de la jeunesse and Droit familial.


Direction générale des affaires juridiques et législatives or DGAJL

Pierre Vigneault, Associate Deputy Minister

One of the Department’s duties is to act as the Government’s legal adviser, a duty performed by the DGAJL which offers opinions on contracts signed by a government department or body, and on the rights and obligations of the various departments under their constituting Act, the laws they administer and, more generally, the laws which apply to them.

The DGAJL has important responsibilities relating to the drafting of laws and regulations. Besides drafting bills and regulations on matters under the responsibility of the Department, it advises the government on the drafting of legislation and regulations proposed by other departments.

The DGAJL acts as the provincial Attorney General in civil matters. It can be either the plaintiff or respondent in cases involving the government or its departments and bodies. It also manages international agreements and accords relating to judicial cooperation, the reciprocal enforcement of support, and international child abductions.

Under the authority of the Associate Deputy Minister, the DGAJL has two assistant general directors and one associate general director, fourteen legal affairs divisions operating in other departments, the Direction du droit public, the Direction des affaires législatives, the Direction des services professionnels and three divisions: Affaires économiques et territoriales, Réseaux et Affaires gouvernementales and Litige civil et fiscal.

Direction générale des services de justice et des registres, or DGSJR

France Lynch, Associate Deputy Minister

The DGSJR administers the resources required for the proper operation of the court system, and is responsible for carrying out the activities that ensure the publication and enforcement of the rights and legal institutions relating to marriage and civil union, voluntary deposits. It develops and dispenses to the public the services prescribed by law and takes part in the administration of the judicial system, in particular by providing the expertise required by the departmental and court authorities. The DGSJR is also responsible for the Service aux cours municipales.

The DGSJR has two associate general directors who head the judicial services divisions of Capitale-Nationale and Regions and Greater Montréal and 18 regional offices that provide services to the general public through 58 courthouses and service points. The DGSJR also includes the Direction des registres et de la certification, the Direction du soutien aux activités judiciaires, the Direction du soutien à la gestion, the Direction de la gestion immobilière and the Centre administratif et judiciaire.

Direction des registres et de la certification, or DRC

The DRC is responsible for managing the Registre des droits personnels et réels mobiliers (known by its French acronym RDPRM), the certification service, the Service de certification, the driving force behind the government public key infrastructure, and the register fund of the Ministère de la Justice, the Fonds des registres du Ministère. The DRC also acts as Registrar of the Registre des lobbyistes, which it must maintain and update. Last, it keeps the Registre des commisaires à l'assermentation and the Registre des lettres patentes foncières.

The DRC consists of one main division and two subdivisions:

  • the Direction des opérations, which oversees the various registers and the Service de certification;
  • the Direction des technologies et des ressources informationnelles.

The RDPRM was set up on January 1, 1994, the date of coming into force of the Civil Code of Québec. The computerized register gives public access to some 110 types of registered rights.

The Registre des lobbyistes is a public registry kept by the Personal and Movable Real Rights Registrar. Information on lobbyists and their activities is registered and kept current. The registry was established by the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act, which is designed to foster transparency in the lobbying of public office holders in Québec.

The Service de certification , administers and manages the operational and technological aspects of issuance and the subsequent operations related to the life cycle of keys and certificates. Concerned with the security of information exchanged over the Internet, the Government of Québec decided, in June 1999, to set up a government public key infrastructure to make transfers over public networks secure.

The Registre des commissaires à l'assermentation Clicking on this icon will take you to another website. confirms the status of persons authorized to administer oaths. The Minister of Justice is required to keep a register under the Courts of Justice Act containing all the information needed to manage the commissions of commissioners for oaths.

The Registre des lettres patentes foncières is a public register containing all the official documents used to grant concessions of land in the domain of the state. The Minister of Justice, as the Attorney General and Registrar of Québec, issues and records letters patent for patented land under the Great Seal.

The DGSJR has three associate general directors who head the judicial services divisions of Eastern Québec, Western Québec and Greater Montréal and 18 regional offices that provide services to the general public through 58 courthouses and service points. The DGSJR also includes the Direction du soutien aux activités judiciaires, the Direction des ressources budgétaires, financières, matérielles et informationnelles, the Direction de la gestion immobilière and the Service aux cours municipales.

Direction générale des services à l'organisation, or DGSO

Lyne Bouchard, Associate Deputy Minister

The DGSO is responsible, among other matters, for planning and harmonizing the allocation and use of human, financial, material, and informational resources within the Department. It provides advice and support for the finances and budget appropriations for the activities of the bodies under the authority of the Minister of Justice, namely the Conseil de la justice administrative, the Tribunal administratif du Québec, the Commission des services juridiques, the Fonds d'aide aux recours collectifs, the Office des professions du Québec, the Société québécoise d'information juridique, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, the Office de la protection du consommateur and the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales.

The DGSO processes statements of offence issued under the laws of Québec, and deposits fines and judicial costs through its offences and fines division. It advises and supports the Department in matters involving the administration, application and evolution of the Legal Aid Act and the legal aid plan administered by the Commission des services juridiques. It plans and harmonizes all activities associated with strategic intelligence and planning as well as those relating to accountability, and it coordinates activities designed to modernize public management.

Lastly, the DGSO proposes measures and actions to secure digital information and to orient the development of electronic service delivery to the general public.

The DGSO consists: the Direction du personnel et de l’administration, the Direction des technologies de l'information and the Bureau des infractions et amendes.

Organization chart of the ministère de la Justice (French version)


Latest update: November 6, 2014

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