Conduct of hearings
What safety measures have courthouses implemented?
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.
Hearing rooms, interview rooms and service counters have been adapted to comply with current public health guidelines, including through the addition of protective panels. Sanitizer dispensers have been set up in common areas and near room entrances. Rooms and equipment like chairs, microphones and tables will be disinfected regularly.
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.
Access to courtrooms is also controlled.
When will i hear back about my file?
Depending on your situation:
- For civil proceedings (including small claims) and penal proceedings (for example, for infractions of the Highway Safety Code), you will receive a new notice of hearing, unless a previous notice of hearing is still valid.
- For criminal proceedings, you will receive a new notice of hearing. If you have not received a new notice of hearing, please contact your lawyer, if you are represented, or contact the client contact centre directly at 1 866-536-5140.
Will some matters be prioritized by the courts? Will all regions of québec resume activities at the same time?
Yes. Each court will decide what files it must prioritize. Please see their websites for more information:
- See the instructions of the Court of Québec;
- See the instructions of the Superior Court of Québec – Montréal division;
- See the instructions of the Superior Court of Québec – Québec division.
I have received a jury summons. Do I have to report for jury duty?
You must respect the jury summons sent to you. Measures have been taken to ensure your safety.
What about administrative tribunals and other bodies holding hearings?
For more information on administrative tribunals and other bodies holding hearings, please see their website or contact them directly:
- Bureau des présidents des conseils de discipline des ordres professionnels
- Comité de déontologie policière
- Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec
- Commission de la fonction publique
- Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec
- Commission des transports du Québec
- Commission municipale du Québec
- Régie de l'énergie
- Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux
- Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec
- Régie du bâtiment du Québec
- Régie du logement
- Financial Markets Administrative Tribunal
- Administrative Tribunal of Québec
- Administrative Labour Tribunal