Can lawyers access courthouses?
Yes, but we ask that you refrain from doing so unless your visit to the courthouse is required.
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. Hearings are held in camera until further notice.
Can lawyers use the rooms at the courthouse for legal procedures (e.g.: discoveries)?
To limit the number of people inside courthouses, we ask lawyers not to use courtrooms for any activities other than those related to hearings.
What services are offered by the courthouse offices?
Courthouse offices remain open. However, we ask that you refrain from going to a courthouse office unless yout presence is required.
As a precaution, if you need to file a proceeding, we ask that you do so by mail. Make sure to include your contact information so that the clerk can get in touch with you regarding fee payment.
Note that time limits for extinctive prescription and forfeiture in civil matters are suspended until further notice. The time limits for civil proceedings are also suspended during this period, except for cases deemed urgent by the courts.
A notice will be issued in advance to inform the public when the deadlines will come back into force.
Is it possible to file proceedings?
As a precaution, we ask that you file non-urgent proceedings by mail. Make sure to include your contact information so that the clerk can get in touch with you regarding fee payment.
Is it possible to get a copy of a court record?
In order to limit the number of people in courthouses, you can send a request for a copy of documents, available in our documentation center.
Will the counter at the Personal and Movable Real Rights Registry remain open?
Yes, the counter remains accessible, but we encourage you to use our online services at www.rdprm.gouv.qc.ca.