Jacques R. Fournier
Senior Associate Chief Justice
Associate Chief Justice
The Superior Court has jurisdiction throughout Québec and sits in all the judicial districts. It is made up of 145 judges, including a chief justice, a senior associate chief justice and an associate chief justice, all appointed by the Government of Canada.
The Superior Court has jurisdiction in first instance to hear and determine any application not exclusively assigned by law to another court. It hears all applications where the amount in dispute is at least $85,000.
The Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction in cases of bankruptcy and divorce, and in non-contentious cases such as the homologation of a protection mandate or the probate of a will.
It also has exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine class actions and applications for an injunction.
In addition, except in certain cases provided for by law, the Superior Court is vested with a general power of judicial review over all courts in Québec other than the Court of Appeal and over public bodies.
In criminal matters, the Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction in first instance to try criminal cases involving murder or treason, which are heard automatically before judge and jury.
The Superior Court has jurisdiction in cases for which the accused elects trial by jury, and also hears matters of extraordinary recourse, for example
- when a person is unlawfully detained in prison, or
- when the legality of a search warrant is challenged.
As is the case for the Court of Appeal, the Superior Court is competent to hear appeals from decisions
The Superior Court hears appeals from decisions made under other federal and provincial statutes.
- rendered under the Criminal Code
- by a judge of the Youth Division, the Criminal and Penal Division or a municipal court, or
- by a justice of the peace.
For more information
• How to contact the Court of Québec in all courthouses
• Rolls of the Superior Court for each courthouse (In French)
• Settlement Conference of the Superior Court of Québec
• The courts system
• Rulings by the Court of Québec rendered
since September 24, 2001 (In French)
• Class Actions Registry
• Québec courts website