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The attack at the palace of justice in Longueuil has caused the legal community to react to the security deficiencies. (Archive photo)
These new procedures were deployed on Tuesday following the attack of a 68-year-old court interpreter last week. The suspect has since been charged with attempted murder.
The attack sparked nervousness at the courthouse, where there is hope that the new procedures will create a sense of calm.
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Certain security measures, such as searching coats and bags, had already been reinforced in the wake of the attack last week, but their application, randomly, varied from one day to the next.
The legal community has long called for security to be strengthened in Quebec courthouses. Also last week's attack could well convince the government to introduce structural measures to address this concern.
Because constables are not the only ones to fear for security in courthouses: the judiciary, the DPCP, certain defense lawyers, legal aid, in short many partners […] are fighting the same fight as us, assured Tuesday the president of their union, Frank Perales, to
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Isabelle Richer receives Frank Perales, president of the Union of Special Constables of the Government of Quebec.
In the meantime, special constables from the Laval courthouse also began to search bags and coats. However, no metal detector has yet been provided to them. This type of equipment is currently only available in Montreal courts of justice.
With information from Valérie-Micaela Bain