Am I allowed to go to a courthouse?

Courthouses are open. However, we ask that citizens limit their travel to courthouses to a minimum.

To access a courthouse, you must wear a mask or a face covering. An exception can be made for people who are under the age of 12 or who have a medical condition preventing them from wearing a mask.

Furthermore, before entering, an employee or security agent will assess your state of health to determine your risk level. You will also be asked about the reason for your visit to ensure that it is valid and to limit the number of people admitted as much as possible.

Every person authorized to enter a courthouse must sanitize their hands using the sanitizer provided. They must follow courthouse directives, such as cough etiquette, hygiene measures and two-metre distance between people, at all times.

Can I access the courthouse to obtain the services of the Ministère de la Justice or another agency located there?

Courthouses are open. However, we ask that citizens limit their travel to courthouses to a minimum.

The courthouses remain open. However, we ask citizens to limit their visits to courthouses to a minimum.

As a precaution, if you need to file a proceeding, we ask that you do so by mail, making sure to include your contact information so that the clerk can get in touch with you regarding fee payment.

However, please note that the legal time limits within which civil proceedings must be filed are suspended until further notice.

To file an application or a response with the Small Claims Division of the Court of Québec, you can go online and do so using the online form.

For services relating to the Bureau des infractions et amendes, you can make a payment online at www.amendes.qc.ca or by telephone at 1 877 263-6337 (AMENDES). For more information, please contact an agent of the Bureau des infractions et amendes at the same telephone number.

For registers, such as the register of personal and movable real rights, most of the transactions can be done by mail or online at https://www.justice.gouv.qc.ca/en/programs-and-services/registers.

I am a journalist. Am I allowed to enter the courthouse and attend hearings?

Yes, according to the usual rules and in compliance with the health standards in place.

Am I allowed to go to a courthouse to consult the court ledger?

No. To limit travel to courthouses, please note that the court ledger can be consulted online through the services provided by the SOQUIJ.

Marriages and civil unions: what services are maintained?

Celebrations may take place, but the number of time periods available is limited.

The maximum number of people who can attend a wedding varies for each courthouse according to directives from the Direction de la santé publique. For more information or if you would like to postpone your ceremony, please contact the client contact centre at 1 866 536-5140.

I have an interview at the small claims court. What will happen?

Interviews will be conducted by telephone. You will be contacted by your courthouse team.

Please note that the legal time limits within which civil proceedings must be filed are suspended until further notice.

A notice will be issued in advance to inform the public when the deadlines will come back into force.

I have to file an application or response with the small claims court. Can I do so?

You can do so online directly on our website using the online form or by mail.

Please note that the legal time limits within which civil proceedings must be filed are suspended until further notice.

A notice will be issued in advance to inform the public when the deadlines will come back into force.

I have to file a non-contentious proceeding (protective supervision, will probation, etc.). Can I do so?

You may file these types of applications by mail, making sure to include your contact information so that the clerk can get in touch with you regarding fee payment.

I would like to pay a fine or make payment arrangements or discuss my file with a fine collector. Can I do so?

Yes. For services relating to the Bureau des infractions et amendes (BIA), you can contact a BIA agent at 1 877 263-6337 (AMENDES).

You can also make a payment online at www.amendes.qc.ca or by telephone at 1 877 263-6337 (AMENDES).

I would like to apply for a restricted licence or a release from seizure of a road vehicle. What can I do?

Come to the courthouse with the form. Forms are available in our documentation center. It is advisable that you fill out the form in advance.

Will the counter of the Personal and Movable Real Rights Registry Office at the Montréal courthouse remain open?

Yes, the counter will remain open, but we encourage you to use our online services at www.rdprm.gouv.qc.ca.

Which in-person payment methods are accepted during the public health emergency?

The usual payment methods are accepted. However, as we try to avoid contact with cash to limit the spread of the virus, we highly recommend paying by debit or credit card.

Payments can still be made in cash, but we ask that you pay with exact change if possible. Our staff will explain how to make the payment safely.

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