Court of Appeal of Quebec

Facilitation Conferences

The Court of Appeal of Québec offers parties represented by counsel facilitation conferences in criminal and penal matters.   

To whom is this service available?

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.

When can a facilitation conference in criminal matters be requested?

A facilitation conference may be requested at any stage of the appeal. Authorization by a judge of the Court is needed.

What matters may a conference in criminal matters relate to?

A facilitation conference in criminal matters may consider any issue related to a criminal case, including the determination of a sentence.

When and how does a facilitation conference terminate? 

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.

Confidentiality is essential to facilitation conferences in criminal matters, and the parties must agree that all discussions that take place therein remain completely confidential.

How can a facilitation conference be requested?

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 matterThis link open a pdf file in a new window.(16 KB)) and return it to the Office of the Court. The facilitating judge may request additional documentation.

For more information

Montreal 

Court office - Court of Appeal of Quebec
Ernest-Cormier Building
100 Notre-Dame Street East 
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 4B6 

Phone: 514-393-2022

 

Quebec 

Court of Appeal of Quebec
Palais de justice
300, boulevard Jean-Lesage
Floor 4th (4.27)
Québec (Québec) G1K 8K6

Phone: 418-649-3401