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The Greater Montreal Community Justice Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote access to justice by fostering the participation of citizens through legal information, support and referral services provided in addition to existing resources.

Your visit to the Center:

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A MEETING AT THE CENTER?

Dealing with a legal problem can be the root of unwanted stress and worries. The Center aims to provide you with the support needed to better understand your situation and the options that apply to your case. Our legal information services are free and confidential.

Our team is composed of law professionals (lawyers and notaries) who can:

  • provide free legal information regarding your situation, in order to help you make informed decisions;
  • help you to better understand the judicial system, to identify laws and rules applicable to your case, and to pinpoint your different options and procedures;
  • point you towards specialized resources such as government agencies, community and non-profit organizations, legal advisors and mediation centers.

TWO WAYS TO ACCESS OUR SERVICES:

Meet with a law professional in person, during the day (Monday through Thursday)

Meet with a law professional within a few hours by coming to our offices in the Old Montreal.

We do not offer appointments. Our “first come, first served” consultations are offered Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Before coming to our offices:

  • Check the list of law domains that we cover [insérer lien hypertexte]
  • Read the section of this webpage entitled “How should one prepare for a visit at the Center?” [insérer lien hypertexte]

To maximize your chances of meeting with a law professional, we recommend that you arrive at least two hours before closing time.

Please note that our office will be closed for in-person service from July 22 to August 2 inclusively. Please refer to option 2 to obtain our services during this period.

At the Montreal Courthouse

We are also present at the Montreal Courthouse, in room 2.28, which is shared with the SAGE service of the Montreal Bar.

Walk-in consultations Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please note that our courthouse office is closed for the summer. It will re-open on Tuesday, September 3, 2024.

Register on our call-back waitlist

By filling out THIS FORM , you will be registered for our callback list. A lawyer from our legal information service will call you back as soon as possible. Please note that there may be a delay of 7 to 14 days before obtaining an answer.

Only Montreal citizens meeting the criteria will be called back.
If you do not meet the criteria, you will be so informed by e-mail.

Or, contact us to be placed on our waitlist for a phone consultation with a law professional.

Our team will contact you as soon as possible.

Please leave us a voicemail at our number: 514-227-3782 (Option 4) including the following details:

  • First and last name
  • Phone number
  • City of residence
  • Availabilities to receive a call back
  • Reason of the consultation

If you wish to obtain a meeting within the day, you may present yourself to our office, according to our opening hours.

WHO CAN COME TO THE CENTER?

Our services are offered to Montreal citizens exclusively, and can be held both in person or by phone.

*Please note that the opposing party of your case may also benefit from our services.

WHAT TYPES OF QUESTIONS MAY ONE ASK?

We are generalists. We deal with legal questions regarding everyday situations:

  • How can I cancel the child support I am paying?;
  • How does the repossession of a dwelling work?
  • How do I execute a judgment?
  • I bought a used car that no longer works. What are the vendor’s obligations?

We do not answer questions requiring specialized knowledge, such as:

  • Patents;
  • Laws and regulations of another province or country.

We have limited knowledge in certain areas of law, such as:

  • All appeals (Supreme Court of Canada, Cour of Appeal, Superior Court, Court of Québec etc.);
  • Injunction, contempt of court and judicial review;
  • Bankruptcy;
  • Tax law;
  • Immigration law;
  • Corporate law / Business start-up;
  • Criminal and penal law;
  • Youth protection;
  • Intellectual property;
  • Class actions;
  • International law.

WHAT THE CENTER’S SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

We do not provide advice or legal opinions.

  • We do not develop strategies with you;
  • We do not develop strategies with you;
  • We do not assess your chances of success and we do not comment on the value of your evidence;
  • We do not write formal demand letters, motions, etc.;
  • We do not review any of your documents;
  • We do not provide representation in court;
  • We do not make decisions for you.

HOW SHOULD ONE PREPARE FOR A VISIT AT THE CENTER ?

  • Bring a valid identification document (I.D.).
  • Prepare your questions in advance.
  • List and bring all the relevant documents to facilitate understanding of your file.

Examples of documents to bring:

A judgment | A contract | A letter of dismissal | Etc.

Guides and tools

Templates

Timelines

Tools

WORKSHOPS TO DEMISTIFY LEGAL TOPICS

Publications

Our activities

FREE LEGAL INFORMATION SESSIONS

The Center offers free legal information sessions on various topics.

For instance:
  • Small claims
  • Wills
  • Mandates in case of incapacity
  • Formal demand letters
  • Divorce
  • Common-law spouses
  • And much more!

ONE OF OUR LAWYERS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION

Would you like for one of the center’s lawyers to hold a legal information session or workshop for your organization?

Contact us for more information!

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