Court of Appeal of Quebec

The Digital Office of the Court of Appeal

Parties and counsel can now use the Digital Office of the Court of Appeal (DOCA) to electronically file a notice of appeal in an appeal as of right in a civil matter and to pay the related judicial fees. They can also upload, in PDF format, the documents that must be attached to a notice of appeal, such as schedules, proofs of service and notification, as well as legal aid mandates, where applicable.

In the near future, new functionalities will be added to allow for the filing of other appeal pleadings, such as applications for leave to appeal. The Digital Office of the Court of Appeal will evolve to ultimately become a fully digital court office.

Before using the Digital Office, you must read the Practice Direction G-9, which set out the rules for filing a notice of appeal online.

For more information on the procedure before the Court of Appeal, please refer to the Aide-mémoire section.

TYPE OF USER ACCOUNT

Within the scope of this pilot project, counsel and/or unrepresented parties can e‑file notices of appeal through DOCA.

PRACTICE AREAS IN WHICH E-FILINGS ARE ACCEPTED

Currently, the Digital Office of the Court of Appeal allows the filing of notices of appeal only in certain practice areas that are listed in the table below according to the jurisdictional code indicated in the file number in first instance (i.e., the number in the second place (e.g.: 000-00-000000-000)).

JURISDICTIONAL CODE NATURE
02 Civil
04 Family matters
05 Others
06 Class actions
11 Bankruptcy and commercial division
12 Divorce
17 Applications to institute proceedings (SC)
22 Applications to institute proceedings (CQ)

PREREQUISITES FOR USING THE DIGITAL OFFICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL

(1)  You must make sure to have the following documents on hand:

  • the notice of appeal and its schedules (including the judgment in first instance);
  • the proof(s) of service;
  • the proof(s) of notification, if available;
  • the legal aid mandate, where applicable;
  • a valid credit card in order to pay the judicial fees.

(2)  All the documents listed under item 1 above must be in PDF format. Please note that the PDF file of the notice of appeal and its schedules (including the judgment in first instance) must allow for keyword searches (consequently, digitized documents must not be in the format of a “PDF Image”). If the file containing the notice of appeal and its schedules is in the format of a “PDF Image”, the system will display an error message preventing the user from completing the e-filing. In addition, each proof of service and notification must be scanned in a separate PDF file since you will have to associate each of these proofs with the correct party.

(3)  Each PDF file must not exceed 100 MB.

(4)  Counsel must use their permanent code (firm or lawyer (e.g. : AC1234)). Counsel without a permanent code may request one from the Ministère de la Justice by completing the online form available at: https://www.justice.gouv.qc.ca/espace-professionnel/juristes/sj-1149/.

TIME OF FILING

Pleadings filed electronically outside Court office hours are deemed filed the following business day, at opening time (art. 107 Code of Civil Procedure). To find out when the Court office is open, please refer to the Contact Us section of the Court of Appeal’s website.

JUDICIAL FEES

The judicial fees specified in the Tariff of judicial fees in civil matters apply in the same manner as they do to documents filed on paper at the Court office counter. To find out the applicable fees, please refer to the Court Costs and Fees section.

ONLINE PAYMENT

When paying the judicial fees, you will be redirected to a secure payment platform. The Court of Appeal and the Ministère de la Justice do not collect any banking information. Only payment with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card is accepted.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

For the best user experience on the Digital Office of the Court of Appeal, we recommend the use of the following browsers: Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 11. We also recommend you use the most recent version of these browsers and suggest you make sure your operating system and Web browser have all the required updates and modifications.

EXPIRY OF A SESSION

You will be disconnected automatically from the system after 75 minutes of inactivity.

For more information on how data is stored and on the security of the Digital Office of the Court of Appeal, please refer to the Privacy Policy section

 

TO ACCESS THE DIGITAL OFFICE OF THE COURT OF APEAL, click on the following link:


The Digital Office of the Court of Appeal