The Court of Appeal of Québec offers parties represented by counsel facilitation conferences in criminal and penal matters.
Facilitation conferences in criminal and penal matters allow parties in a penal or criminal appeal to voluntarily seek the intervention of a judge who will facilitate the finding of a judicial solution mutually convenient to all parties and the approval by the Court.
A facilitation conference may be requested at any stage of the appeal. Authorization by a judge of the Court is needed.
A facilitation conference in criminal matters may consider any issue related to a criminal case, including the determination of a sentence.
When the conference enables the finding of a judicial solution to the dispute, an agreement is submitted to a panel of three judges of the Court. If accepted, the panel renders a judments explaining the reasons for its approval. This decision is made public. In the event the facilitation conference does not result in a settlement, the facilitating judge may not preside at the appeal hearing.
The facilitating judge may preside over a facilitation conference in criminal cases upon the request of the parties represented by counsel, signed by their attorneys and accompanied by the documents they expect will be necessary for the holding of the conference. In order to do so, they must complete the form entitled Joint Request for Facilitation in a Criminal Matter (Join Request for facilitation conference in criminal matter(756 KB)) and return it to the Office of the Court. The facilitating judge may request additional documentation.
Court office - Court of Appeal of Quebec
100 Notre-Dame Street East
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 4B6
Court of Appeal of Quebec
Palais de justice
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