Court of Appeal of Quebec

COVID-19 Pandemic - Update

List of news published on the website regarding the pandemic

List of news published on the website regarding the pandemic




June 30, 2022

Reminder – Sanitary measures

News of June 30, 2022
May 16, 2022

Masks not mandatory in courtrooms as of May 16, 2022

News of May 16, 2022
March 4 , 2022

Covid-19 Pandemic - New arrangements for hearings

News of March 4, 2022
February 28, 2022

New directive regarding the wearing of medical masks in courtrooms

News of February 28, 2022
January 7, 2022

Covid-19 Pandemic - New arrangements for hearings

News of January 7, 2022
June 25, 2021

Pandemic - New arrangements for hearings

News of June 25, 2021
June 15, 2021

Wearing of medical masks in courtrooms

News of June 15, 2021
April 7, 2021 Medical mask to be worn at all times during Court of Appeal hearings

News of April 7, 2021
January 7, 2021 Covid-19 Pandemic - New arrangements for hearings on the merits

News of January 7, 2021
December 16, 2020 Continuation of activities at the Court of Appeal of Quebec

News of December 16, 2020
September 1, 2020 Lifting of the suspension of time limits in civil and penal matters

News of September 1, 2020
August 31, 2020

Resumption of Court Activities

News of August 31, 2020
July 16, 2020 Suspension of time limits in civil matters and penal matters lifted as of September 1, 2020

News of July 16, 2020
July 9, 2020 Declaration of a state of health emergency extended until July 15, 2020

News of July 9, 2020
June 29, 2020

Update - Covid-19 Pandemic - June 29, 2020

News of June 29, 2020
May 1, 2020 Virtual courtrooms

News of May 1st, 2020
April 15, 2020 Motions before a judge alone - virtual courtroom

News of  April 15, 2020
April 7, 2020 Postponement of hearings for the weeks of May 4 and May 11, 2020 - Hearings before a panel

News of  April 7, 2020

March 30, 2020

Service and notification of pleadings

News of  March 30, 2020
March 25, 2020 Postponement of hearings for the weeks of April 6 to 9, April 14 to 17, April 20 to 24 and April 27 to May 1, 2020 - Judge sitting alone

News of  March 25, 2020
March 24, 2020 Update - COVID-19 Pandemic - March 24, 2020

News of  March 24, 2020
March 19, 2020

COVID-19 / Postponement of hearings of the Court of Appeal in Montreal: weeks of March 16, 2020, March 23, 2020 and March 30, 2020

*** See also News of March 25, 2020

News of  March 19, 2020
March 18, 2020

Filing proceedings during the state of health emergency


News of  March 18, 2020
March 17, 2020 Postponement of hearings at the Court of Appeal

News of  March 17, 2020
March 16, 2020 Time limits suspended

News of  March 16, 2020
March 13, 2020 Pandemic - Update

News of  March 13, 2020

Hearings on the merits and applications before a judge alone or before a panel

The Court offers pleaders (counsel or party) the choice of coming to Court for the hearing of their appeal or participating in the hearing via videoconference. When an application is placed on the roll, the Court office will send the parties or their counsel, as the case may be, a notice of hearing containing all the necessary information for the videoconference. Upon receipt of the notice of hearing, a pleader (counsel or party) may notify the Court office that they wish to appear in person in Court for the hearing of the application.

Please note that a virtual hearing may not be appropriate for certain appeals or applications, in which case the Court office will also contact those concerned.

For more information on virtual hearings, please refer to the section entitled Virtual Courtrooms.

Hearings in courtrooms

In the case that a hearing is held in a courtroom, you will be required to comply with the following measures:

  • If you are ill or have been in contact with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19, do not come to Court;
  • It is still strongly recommended that masks be worn in the common areas of the courthouse as well as in the courtrooms.
  • Those present in the courtrooms should, to the extent possible, maintain a distance of at least one metre between them.
  • Come to Court no more than 30 minutes before your hearing;
  • Upon arriving at the Court and before entering the courtroom and when leaving it, use the hand sanitizer that has been made available;
  • Bring your own water bottle; pitchers of water and glasses are no longer provided;
  • A document filed at the hearing must be accompanied by its technological version on a USB key.

Public nature of hearings and Guidelines Concerning the Use of Technological Devices in Courtrooms

The use of virtual courtrooms does not prevent the public from attending hearings, given that the open court principle subsists (subject to the exceptions that apply under normal circumstances). The rolls for the Court are posted on the Court’s website, as usual (

Members of the public (including journalists) can attend virtual hearings via audio. By emailing a request to the office of the Court in Montreal or Quebec City, depending on the hearing venue (Office of the Court in Quebec City:; Office of the Court in Montreal:, they will be able to receive the relevant information.

The physical presence of members of the public in courtrooms will be authorized only in compliance with the health guidelines in effect, including those governing the maximum capacity in courtrooms.

It should also be noted that the Guidelines Concerning the Use of Technological Devices in Courtrooms apply to virtual hearings, with the necessary modifications. Thus, subject to the exceptions set out in said Guidelines, no participant is authorized to take a screenshot, record the hearing or broadcast it by any means whatsoever.

Virtual courtrooms

Link to the section dedicated to virtual courtrooms : Virtual courtrooms.

Contact information for the offices of the Court