Quebec City, March 24, 2020 – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec Sonia LeBel announced the suspension of certain time limits for penal proceedings, another measure aiming to safeguard the rights of citizens while keeping them away from courthouses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Except for cases deemed urgent by the courts, the following time limits set out in the Code of Penal Procedure (chapter C 25.1) are suspended until the declaration of a public health emergency expires:
- to retain the thing seized or the proceeds of the sale thereof and to obtain an extension of the retention period (articles 132 and 133);
- to transmit a plea of guilty or not guilty after service of a statement of offence (article 160);
- to file an application for revocation of a judgment rendered by default (article 252);
- to bring an appeal before the Superior Court (article 271);
- to file a written appearance in the Superior Court (article 274);
- to apply for an appeal by way of a new hearing (article 282);
- to apply for leave to appeal before the Court of Appeal (article 296);
- to file a written appearance in the Court of Appeal (article 303);
- to file a factum at the office of the Court of Appeal together with proof of its service (articles 304 and 305);
- to pay a sum due to the collector (article 322);
- to carry out compensatory work (article 338).
The time limits to retain the thing seized or the proceeds of the sale thereof and to obtain an extension of the retention period provided under sections 40.4 and 40.7 of the Tax Administration Act (chapter A-6.002) are also suspended during this period.
Notwithstanding articles 96 and 103 of the Code of Penal Procedure, any search may be authorized by a telewarrant.
To learn more: https://www.justice.gouv.qc.ca/en/coronavirus.
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