Municipal courts

There are municipal courts located throughout Québec. They have limited jurisdiction in civil matters, exercised mostly in connection with municipal tax claims.

The municipal courts also hear:

  • penal cases involving offences

    • under municipal by-laws,
    • under provincial Québec legislation such as the Highway Safety Code;

  • criminal cases involving offences punishable on summary conviction, also known as "summary offences", which follow a simplified procedure that excludes the possibility of a preliminary inquiry and a trial before jury.
Law Act respecting municipal courts
Number of courts 89
Jurisdiction Limited jurisdiction in civil matters; jurisdiction in penal and criminal matters
Responsability Claudie Bélanger, Associate Chief Judge
Documents 2018 Annual Report (in French)
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