Gouvernement du Québec - Justice

Administrative structure

Administrative units under the authority of the Deputy Minister

The Deputy Minister administers the Department with support from the Associate Deputy Ministers. The Deputy Minister is also the Deputy Attorney General and oversees the implementation of the Department's mission and policies.

The Deputy Minister works closely with judges, the bar association (Barreau du Québec), the notaries' association (Chambre des notaires du Québec), the bailiffs' association (Chambre des huissiers de justice du Québec) and other organizations under the authority of the Minister of Justice, and also maintains contact with other bodies working in the fields covered by the Department's mission.
Bureau de la sous-ministre (office of the Deputy Minister)

The main role of the Bureau de la sous-ministre is to provide the Deputy Minister with immediate assistance in carrying out the duties of the position, and to monitor all departmental activities. It also has responsibility for access to information and the protection of personal information. Last, it coordinates various department-wide actions, such as activities relating to the implementation of the Public Administration Act and its associated governance mechanisms—the strategic plan, the service statement and the management report.


Bureau de lutte contre l'homophobie (office for the fight against homophobia)

The mandate of the Bureau de lutte contre l'homophobie is to oversee the implementation, monitoring and assessment of the Government Action Plan against Homophobia Icône PDF. and to provide interdepartmental coordination. It also provides liaison between various groups in the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.

Direction de la vérification interne (internal audit division)
The Direction de la vérification interne is responsible for program evaluation and internal audit operations. It provides independent, objective assessments of departmental activities, allowing the Department to measure its degree of control over its own activities. It also helps the Deputy Minister and other managers perform their duties effectively, use their resources in an optimal fashion and meet departmental objectives.


Direction des communications (communications division)
The Direction des communications, some of whose staff members are under the authority of the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, assists and advises the Department in its internal and external communications. It also oversees the application of the Act Respecting the Flag and Emblems of Québec.
Direction de la gestion budgétaire et financière (budgetary and financial management division)

The Direction de la gestion budgétaire et financière offers specialized advisory services to the Department's officials and managers in the management of budgetary and financial resources and contracts, and also provides operational services in the same areas for the Department as a whole. It coordinates all sustainable development activities.


Direction des ressources humaines (human resources division)
The Direction des ressources humaines advises the Department's officials and managers on best practices in the various fields of human resource management. It also drafts and implements policies and strategies to ensure the highest standards in the area of human resource management.
Secrétariat à la sélection des candidats à la fonction de juge (judicial selection secretariat)
The Secrétariat à la sélection des candidats à la fonction de juge administers the process for selecting judges for the Court of Québec and municipal courts, as well as presiding justices of the peace. It also manages the procedure for appointing assessors to the Human Rights Tribunal and for appointing or designating judges to management positions or as assistant judges.


General directorates
The Department has four general directorates.
Direction générale de l’accès à la justice (general directorate for access to justice)
The Direction générale de l’accès à la justice supports and advises the departmental authorities in the definition of governmental and departmental policies on justice and access to justice. It drafts and recommends policies for implementation, and directs and coordinates the major, ongoing revision of the system for the administration of justice to meet current challenges, on the basis of a shared vision reflecting the needs and expectations of stakeholders. It takes part in discussions on justice issues, in particular by proposing solutions that take into account social trends and the specific needs of various client groups such as Aboriginals, young people, the elderly, victims of crime and the underprivileged. Last, it manages the Access to Justice Fund and the Crime Victims Assistance Fund.


Direction générale des affaires juridiques et législatives (general directorate for legal and legislative affairs)

The Direction générale des affaires juridiques et législatives performs the Department's duties as the government's legal advisor, attorney general in civil matters and notary general. More specifically, it

  • oversees the legality of government activities by giving legal opinions on the rights and obligations of government departments under their constituting acts, the laws for which they are responsible and, in general, the laws that apply to them;
  • supervises the drafting of all laws and regulations, by advising the government on the drafting of the legislative and regulatory texts proposed by all government departments, drafting the related laws and regulations, and overseeing the consolidation of laws and regulations;
  • ensures the legal coherence of all the laws and regulations it drafts, the opinions it provides and the positions it defines before the courts;
  • acts as the prosecution or defence before the civil and administrative courts in all cases involving the government or its departments;

  • oversees the application of international conventions and agreements in the areas of judicial cooperation, the reciprocal enforcement of support payments, and international child abduction.


Direction générale des services de justice (general directorate for justice services)

The Direction générale des services de justice provides services for citizens in around one hundred courthouses and service points throughout Québec. As its main duties, it

  • administers the resources needed to ensure the proper operation of the courts of justice, while safeguarding the independence of the judicial system;
  • implements activities to publicize and ensure the effectiveness of the rights and legal mechanisms connected with marriage and civil union, as well as voluntary deposits;
  • establishes and makes available to the public the services prescribed by legislation to promote the emergence and continuation of a more accessible justice system within Québec society;
  • performs all the duties relating to building management;
  • provides legal support for judicial activities in municipal courts;

  • coordinates the processing of complaints for the Department as a whole, and follows up on complaints.



Direction générale des registres, des infractions et des amendes et des technologies (general directorate for registers, offences, fines and technology)

The Direction générale des registres, des infractions et des amendes et des technologies is the sectoral information manager for the Department. It is responsible for information security, and has three divisions which play a leading role in the development and use of information technology:

  • The Direction des registres et de la certification administers the Service de certification de l’infrastructure à clés publiques gouvernementale and keeps the register of personal and movable real rights, the lobbyists registry, the register of commissioners for oaths, the register of letters patent for land and the sales register; it also manages the Department's register fund;
  • The Bureau des infractions et amendes processes statements of offence that result in prosecution, mainly on behalf of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions under the Code of Penal Procedure. It executes court judgments in criminal and penal matters that sentence an offender to a fine or surcharge;

  • The Direction des technologies de l’information guides and harmonizes the management of information resources, suggests technological solutions, and ensures the modernization of services and increases in the Department's productivity.



More information

See the organization chart for the Department

Latest update : February 11, 2016

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