Quebec City, April 1, 2020 – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec Sonia LeBel announced new temporary measures related to justice services, effective for the remainder of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Payment of court fees can now be postponed if, in matters deemed urgent by the court, the party filing a pleading cannot use the technological means provided by the Ministère de la Justice to pay the amounts due.
The territorial jurisdiction of Superior Court and Court of Québec administrative justices of the peace and court officers practising under the Courts of Justice Act, as well as the territorial jurisdiction of other staff at those courts, will be extended to all judicial districts in Québec.
If a pleading cannot be filed in the intended district, it can now be filed in an alternate district. The filing will still be deemed to have been made in the intended district. And if a matter cannot be heard in a judicial district, the hearing can be transferred automatically or upon request of a party to any other district. Once the public health emergency has been lifted, any proceeding or matter heard in a district other than the one it should have been heard in will be transferred to the intended district.
“All the measures affecting justice services we have taken since the start of the crisis are aimed at ensuring continued access to the courts while complying with public health orders. We will continue working with our partners to safeguard Quebecers’ rights and protect the safety of our employees and citizens.”
Sonia LeBel, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec
For more information on the measures taken by the Ministère de la Justice in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.justice.gouv.qc.ca/en/coronavirus.
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