Court of Appeal of Quebec

The Digital Office of the Court of Appeal

The Digital Office of the Court of Appeal (hereinafter the “Digital Office”) can be used by parties, counsel and persons mandated by a party or by counsel to e-file originating appellate pleadings in civil, criminal, extradition and penal matters, more specifically the following pleadings:

CIVIL MATTERS CRIMINAL AND EXTRADITION MATTERS PENAL MATTERS
 
  • Notice of appeal
  • Application for leave to appeal
 
 
  • Notice of appeal
  • Application for leave to appeal
  • Application for judicial review in an extradition matter
  • Application to extend the time limit for an appeal
 
 
  • Notice of appeal
  • Application for leave to appeal
 

It can also be used by them to pay the related judicial fees, if required. Important note: The Digital Office cannot be used to file originating appellate pleadings in youth matters (jurisdiction code 08).

The Digital Office can also be used to file other pleadings or documents at the same time as the originating appellate pleading. These pleadings or documents may include one or more of the following:

CIVIL MATTERS CRIMINAL / EXTRADITION MATTERS PENAL MATTERS
 
  • Certificate concerning the transcription of dépositions
  • Application to extend the time limit for filing an appeal (s. 21(4) Divorce Act)
  • Application to extend the time limit for filing an appeal (s. 31(1) Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules)
  • Application for provisional execution
  • Application for a safeguard order
  • Application for a publication ban
  • Application to stay the provisional execution
  • Other (the title of the pleading must be specified)
 
 
  • Application for the consolidation of files
  • Application for a publication ban
  • Application for release from custody pending the determination of the appeal
  • Application for leave to adduce fresh evidence
  • Application to suspend the sentence
  • Application to stay the driving prohibition
  • Legal aid mandate
  • Other (the title of the pleading must be specified)
 
 
  • Application to extend the time limit for filing an appeal
  • Application for the consolidation of files
  • Application for a publication ban
  • Application for release from custody pending the determination of the appeal
  • Application for leave to adduce fresh evidence
  • Other application (the title of the pleading must be specified)
 

Important! These other pleadings or documents may only be filed via the Digital Office at the same time as the originating appellate pleading. All subsequent filings must be made on paper at the office of the Court.

The paper versions of all the pleadings and documents filed via the Digital Office must be filed with the office of the Court within five working days after the e-filing.

Before using the Digital Office, you must read one of the following practice directions setting out the rules for e-filing an originating appellate pleading:

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

 

TYPE OF USER ACCOUNT

Within the scope of this pilot project, counsel, unrepresented parties as well as persons mandated by a party or by counsel can e-file originating appellate pleadings via the Digital Office.

PRACTICE AREAS IN WHICH E-FILINGS ARE ACCEPTED

The Digital Office allows the filing of originating pleadings 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 position (e.g.: 000-00-000000-000)).

JURISDICTIONAL CODE NATURE
01 Criminal prosecutions
02 Civil
04 Family matters
05 Others
06 Class actions
07 Appeals before the Tribunal des professions
11 Bankruptcy and commercial division
12 Divorce
14 Non-contentious matters
17 Applications to institute proceedings (SC)
22 Applications to institute proceedings (CQ)
36 Appeals, extraordinary recourses and other criminal matters
38 Other – Criminal and Penal Division Court of Québec
40 Confinement in an institution and psychiatric assessment
53 Human Rights Tribunal
61 Provincial and federal penal
72 Federal Penal (Attorney General of Quebec)
73 Federal Penal (Attorney General of Canada)
80 Appeals and administrative matters

 

PREREQUISITES FOR USING THE DIGITAL OFFICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL

(1)  In addition to having a valid credit card in order to pay the legal fees if required, parties, counsel or the persons mandated by a party or by counsel must ensure they have the following documents on hand:

  • The originating appellate pleading and its schedules;
  • All other pleadings or documents intended to be filed at the same time as the originating appellate pleading;
  • Proofs of service for each of the respondents, where applicable;
  • Proofs of notification, if available;
  • The legal aid mandate, where applicable.

(2)  The following requirements apply to all the documents listed under item 1 above:

  • They must be in PDF format;
  • The pleading and its schedules must be combined into a single PDF file. The schedules must be clearly identified by means of tabs (bookmarks) providing easy and quick access to the documents appended to the pleading;
  • The PDF files of the originating appellate pleading and of all other pleadings must allow keyword searches (consequently, digitized documents must not be in the format of a “PDF Image”, except for proofs of service and notification). If these files are in the format of a “PDF Image”, the system will display an error message preventing completion of the e-filing;
  • The pleading and its schedules must have consecutively numbered pages;
  • Each proof of service and each proof of notification must be digitized in a separate file because each of these proofs will have to be associated with the proper party.

(3)  Each PDF file must not exceed 250 MB.

(4)  When counsel create an account, they will be asked for a permanent code (firm or lawyer (e.g.: AC1234)), but a permanent code is not mandatory. Counsel without a permanent code may request one from the Ministère de la Justice by completing the form available online at: https://www.justice.gouv.qc.ca/espace-professionnel/juristes/sj-1149/.

TIME OF FILING

CIVIL MATTERS CRIMINAL / EXTRADITION MATTERS PENAL MATTERS
 
  • Pleadings filed electronically outside Court office hours are deemed to have been filed when the Court office next opens.
 
 
  • Pleadings filed electronically are deemed to have been filed on the date and at the time of the electronic filing, even outside Court office hours.
 
 
  • Pleadings filed electronically are deemed to have been filed on the date and at the time of the payment, even outside Court office hours.
 

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 AND ONLINE PAYMENT

For filings in civil and penal matters, the judicial fees 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.

When paying the judicial fees, users 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, we recommend the use of the following browsers: Google Chrome and Edge Chromium. We also recommend the use of the most recent version of these browsers and suggest users ensure their operating system and Web browser have all the required updates and modifications.

EXPIRY OF A SESSION

Users will be disconnected automatically from the system after 60 minutes of inactivity.
For more information on how data is stored and on the security of the Digital Office, 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