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Québec

The Québec Community Justice Center's mission is to enable access to justice by fostering the participation of citizens through legal information, support and referral services provided in addition to existing resources. The services are free and confidential.

Our center

The Centers have been created in order to provide an accessible gateway on the judicial system. By providing a unique and personalized service, the Center’s staff strives to ensure that individuals feel supported in their legal issues.

Our jurists strongly believe that every person has the ability to take charge of their situation, and trust that they are capable of making the choices best suited to their needs. After receiving explanations regarding the law in plain language and in a respectful and open environment, the individual acquires the confidence to make an informed decision.

Be assured that you will receive professional, courteous and confidential services based on active listening and that you will be better equipped to make the choices best suited to your needs.

Our services

What we can do :

  • Inform you on the law, your rights and obligations;
  • Inform you on the various recourses available and legal and administrative procedures;
  • Inform you on the various private dispute prevention and resolution processes (ex. mediation);
  • Help you get additional support through specialized resources.

We are generalists. We deal with questions regarding everyday life situations. We answer questions on the following areas of law :

  • Family law (separation, divorce, custody and child support, parental authority);
  • Civil law (neighborhood disturbances, co-ownership, contracts, civil liability, housing, hidden defect, consumer protection);
  • Will, estate, mandate and protection regimes;
  • Civil procedure (small claims, application to institute proceedings, progress of a case to the court)
  • Criminal and penal law (criminal offenses, contraventions, general judicial process)

We do not answer questions that require very specialized knowledge, for example :

  • Patent and intellectual property;
  • Laws and regulations of another province or country;
  • Municipal (taxation, municipal competence, town planning, etc.)
  • Immigration law

We have limited knowledge in different areas of law, for example :

  • All calls (Supreme Court of Canada, Court of Appeal, Superior Court, Court of Quebec, etc.);
  • Injunction, contempt of court and judicial review;
  • Administrative (TAT, CSST, SAAQ, TAQ, etc.);
  • Access to information and privacy laws;
  • Bankruptcy;
  • Company’s right;
  • Youth protection;
  • Class actions;
  • Collective labor report (union).

What we can not do :

  • Provide you with legal counsel, assess your chances of success or establish a strategy;
  • Complete forms or write legal documents for you;
  • Suggest what you should be saying in a court of law;
  • Provide legal representation in court or in front of organizations;
  • Take decisions for you

Click here to learn more about our legal information mission

Before visiting the Center : How should one prepare ?

Prepare your questions in advance. List and bring all relevant documents to facilitate the understanding of your file.

Examples : Invoice | Judgment | Contract | Letter | etc.

What is the best time to visit the Center?

The staff has no control over wait times. To maximize your chances of meeting a lawyer, it is strongly recommended to arrive at least one hour prior to closing time. The lunch hour is often the busiest time.

Covered areas

Capitale-Nationale

  • Beauport
  • Charlesbourg
  • Charlevoix
  • L’Ancienne-Lorette
  • L’Ile d’Orléans
  • Cité-Limoilou
  • La Côte de Beaupré
  • La Haute-St-Charles
  • La Jacques-Cartier
  • Les Rivières
  • Portneuf
  • St-Augustin-de-Desmaures
  • Ste-Foy-/Sillery/Cap-Rouge

Chaudière-Appalaches

  • Beauce-Sartigan
  • Bellechasse
  • L’Islet
  • La Nouvelle-Beauce
  • Les Appalaches
  • Les Etchemins
  • Lévis
  • Lotbinière
  • Montmagny
  • Robert-Cliche

Guides and tools

Dispute prevention and resolution (DPR) processes

Small claims

Publications

Our activities

Our free information sessions

The Center also offers free legal information sessions on many topics of everyday life

Examples :
  • Small claims
  • Child custody and support
  • Labour standards
  • Consumer protection
  • Wills and mandate in case of incapacity
  • Succession
  • And more !

A member of our team in your organization

You would like a lawyer from the Center to give a legal information session or workshop in your organization?

For more information, contact us!

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