The Department has four general directorates.
Direction générale des technologies de l'information et des registres
The Direction générale des technologies de l'information et des registres 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 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.
Direction générale du programme de transformation organisationnelle de la Justice
The mission of the Direction générale du programme de transformation organisationnelle de la justice results from the program launched by the Ministère de la Justice to transform the justice system and make it more innovative, more effective and more accessible, for the benefit of all citizens.
The transformation program aims to introduce a lasting solution to the delays affecting the criminal and penal justice system, and to implement the required technology-based projects.
The Direction générale du programme de transformation organisationnelle de la justice is responsible for the transformation program, which has several key business objectives:
- ensure the free flow of information between various players in the justice system;
- implement the digital management of case files in courthouses;
- introduce fully digitized (paper-free) hearings;
- prevent the delays and errors caused by the management of paper-based case files;
- create performance indicators and improve court-related statistics.
For this purpose, the direction must:
- define guidelines and priorities for organizational transformation based on a shared vision of the needs and expectations of justice system stakeholders;
- draw up an acquisition strategy and see that it is maintained;
- rally the organization as a whole around the implementation of the plan;
- manage and coordinate work to implement the business solution and the technologies needed to support it;
- ensure compliance with departmental and government-wide guidelines as part of the program for the organizational transformation of the justice system;
- ensure that objectives are achieved and that the actions implemented are coherent.
Direction générale des services de justice
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 affaires juridiques, législatives et de l'accès à la justice
The Direction générale des affaires juridiques, législatives et de l'accès à la justice 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.
The Direction générale des affaires juridiques, législatives et 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.