Quebec City, March 25, 2020 – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec Sonia LeBel announced changes to the rules on payment of legal fees for lawyers in private practice who accept legal aid mandates during the public health emergency decreed by the Québec government.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ease pressure on lawyers who continue to provide essential services to the population, lawyers will now be able to bill for services even though all services have not been performed and the mandate has not been carried out in full.
The Commission des services juridiques (CSJ), which manages the legal aid system, was mandated by the Ministère de la Justice to implement these temporary measures until the public health emergency is lifted. The procedure to be followed by lawyers will be provided by the CSJ.
“Even though judicial activities have slowed down, it is important that lawyers in private practice continue accepting legal aid mandates, especially urgent ones. These temporary measures aim to ease financial pressure for lawyers in the legal aid system following the declaration of a public health emergency.”
Sonia LeBel, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec
To learn more about the measures taken by the Ministère de la Justice with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Ministère de la Justice’s website at www.justice.gouv.qc.ca/coronavirus.
The website of the Commission des services juridiques can be accessed here: www.csj.qc.ca.
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|Richard La Charité |
Secretary and Director
Commission des services juridiques
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