Crisis of the Quebec judicial system: a facilitator to find solutions

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Crisis of the Quebec judicial system: a facilitator to find solutions

Minister of Justice Simon Jolin-Barrette

A facilitator will try to find solutions in the dispute between the Ministry of Justice and the Chief Justice of the Court of Quebec following the controversial reorganization of the work of judges.

Jacques Chamberland, mandated by the Minister of Justice Simon Jolin-Barrette and Chief Justice Lucie Rondeau, worked 28 years on the bench of the Quebec Court of Appeal before retiring in 2021 Among other things, he chaired the Commission of Inquiry into the Surveillance of Journalists in 2017.

Discussions between the parties reportedly began in January, we learn in a statement released Friday.

In the fall, Ms. Rondeau reorganized the work of judges in criminal and penal matters so that they had more time to devote to deliberated on issues that are, she says, increasingly complex. A decision that displeased Minister Jolin-Barrette.

According to the ministry, 50,000 of the 162,000 cases to be heard in Quebec courts in 2023 risk being abandoned because the delays are too long.

The Minister is trying to have the Chief Justice's decision suspended. The controversial reform was validated by a Superior Court judge in November. However, the case will be heard in the Court of Appeal in 2023.

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