Quebec City, March 13, 2020 – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec Sonia LeBel, in conjunction with the Superior Court of Québec, the Court of Québec and the Barreau du Québec, announced a series of measures to be implemented in courthouses across Québec as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
As of Monday, courthouse services will be greatly reduced. Only urgent matters will be heard.
For instance, jury selection will be suspended as of Monday. Prospective jurors are asked not to come to the courthouse.
A procedure has been established to inform people whose cases may be postponed as a result of this measure. We recommend that you contact your lawyer or the Ministère’s client contact centre at 1-866-536-5140.
The following urgent judicial activities are maintained:
|Civil and |
|Criminal sector |
(adult and youth)
|Penal sector |
(adult and youth)
|Youth protection sector |
Orders for release
Delivery of notices of
Custody and support
Consent to care
Any other matter
Issuance of search warrants
Appearance of persons
Trial of pre-trial
Continuation of trials
Continuation of jury trials
Review of orders
Issuance of search
Appearance of a
Any other case deemed
Hearing on the
These measures are subject to change as the situation evolves.
The public may communicate with administrative tribunals and municipal courts to learn about the measures they will be implementing.
“Following the announcements made by the Prime Minister and public health authorities, we quickly coordinated with our partners to establish exceptional measures to protect the health and safety of citizens and staff while safeguarding citizens’ rights. I want to thank all partners involved for their responsiveness.”
Sonia LeBel, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec
“The Barreau believes that judicial activity should be limited to essential functions to protect the public. Citizens should be able to focus on taking health precautions and organizing family activities instead of spending time at a courthouse.”
Paul-Matthieu Grondin, President of the Barreau du Québec
To learn more, visit the Ministère de la Justice’s website at www.justice.gouv.qc.ca.
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