Court of Appeal of Quebec

COVID-19 Pandemic - Update



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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

List of the hearings postponed

The Court of Appeal must postpone to an undetermined date or reschedule the hearings on the roll for the following weeks:

  • March 16 to 20, 2020;
  • March 23 to 27, 2020;
  • March 30 to April 3, 2020;
  • April 6 to 9, 2020;
  • April 14 to 17, 2020;
  • April 20 to 24, 2020;
  • April 27 to May 1, 2020.

Suspension of time limits in civil matters

Deadlines in civil matters are suspended during the health emergency period (Joint Order n° 2020-4251, March 15, 2020).

Details:

  • The deadlines were suspended for the first time on March 13 for a period of 10 days.
  • On March 20, 2020, the state of health emergency was renewed for an additional 10 days, until March 29, 2020.
  • On March 29, 2020, the state of health emergency was renewed for an additional 10 days, until April 7, 2020.

Summary: The time limits in civil matters are suspended since March 13, 2020 and will be suspended until April 7, 2020 inclusive.


Suspension of certains time limits in penal matters

In accordance with order no. 2020-009 adopted by the Minister of Health and Social Services on March 23, 2020, save for matters the courts consider urgent, the following time limits provided for in the Code of Penal Procedure are suspended:

  • time limit for filing an application for leave to appeal (art. 296 C.P.P.);
  • time limit for filing a written appearance at the Court of Appeal (art. 303 C.P.P.);
  • time limit for filing a factum and proof of its service at the office of the Court of Appeal (arts. 304 and 305 C.P.P.).

Time limits in criminal matters

For the time being, time limits in criminal matters have not been suspended.  Therefore, notices of appeal and applications for leave to appeal must be filed within the usual time limits, subject to such extensions as may be requested in accordance with the ordinary rules. In other respects, if parties believe they will not be able to meet the deadline for the filing of briefs or the documents that stand in lieu of the brief (appeal from a sentence), they are asked to send a letter by fax or an email (see the email addresses of the offices of the Court of Appeal below) in order to request an extension.  Given the exceptional circumstances, the Court of Appeal will adjust time limits accordingly.


Council and Joint order

  • Council 177-2020 (March 13, 2020): CONCERNANT une déclaration d urgence sanitaire conformément à l’article 118 de la Loi sur la santé publique (only in French)

  • Joint Order 2020-4251 (March 15, 2020): Arrêté de la juge en chef du Québec et de la ministre de la Justice du 15 mars 2020 (only in French)

  • Council 222-2020 (March 20, 2020): CONCERNANT le renouvellement de l’état d’urgence sanitaire conformément à l’article 119 de la Loi sur la santé publique et certaines mesures pour protéger la santé de la population (only in French)

  • Council 2020-009 (March 23, 2020): Concernant l'ordonnance de mesures visant à protéger la santé de la population dans la situation de pandémie de la COVID-19 (only in French)
  • Council 388-2020 (29 mars 2020):CONCERNANT le renouvellement de l’état d’urgence sanitaire conformément à l’article 119 de la Loi sur la santé publique et certaines mesures pour protéger la santé de la population (only in French)

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