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”) is reserved for the e-filing of originating pleadings in civil matters. Parties, counsel and persons mandated by a party or by counsel can use it to e-file a notice of appeal (art. 352 C.C.P.) and, where required, an application for leave to appeal in a civil matter (357 C.C.P.) and to pay the related judicial fees. They can also upload, in PDF format, the documents that must be attached to an originating pleading, such as schedules and proofs of service and notification, as well as other optional documents, such as legal aid mandates, where applicable. 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 Practice Direction G-9, which sets out the rules for the online filing of a notice of appeal and, where required, an application for leave to appeal.

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, unrepresented parties as well as persons mandated by a party or by counsel can e-file originating pleadings in civil matters via the Digital Office.

PRACTICE AREAS IN WHICH E-FILINGS ARE ACCEPTED

The Digital Office allows the filing of originating pleadings in civil matters 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
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)
53 Human Rights Tribunal
80 Appeals and administrative matters

 

PREREQUISITES FOR USING THE DIGITAL OFFICE OF THE COURT OF APPEAL

(1)  Parties, counsel or the persons mandated by a party or by counsel must ensure they have the following documents on hand:

  • the notice of appeal and its schedules (including the judgment in first instance);
  • Where required, the application for leave to appeal and its schedules;
  • Proofs of service for each of the respondents;
  • Proofs of notification, if available;
  • The legal aid mandate, where applicable.

In addition, they must have a valid credit card in order to pay the judicial fees.

(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) or a table of contents with hyperlinks providing easy and quick access to the documents appended to the pleading;

  • The PDF file of the notice of appeal and its schedules, as well as the PDF file of the application for leave to appeal and its schedules (where required), must allow keyword searches (consequently, digitized documents must not be in the format of a “PDF Image”). 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 100 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

Pleadings filed electronically outside local Court office hours are deemed to have been filed when the Court office next opens (art. 107 C.C.P.). 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, 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.

USE OF DIGITAL OFFICE NOT MANDATORY

Use of the Digital Office is not mandatory. In all cases, parties can file their pleadings on paper with the Office of the Court of Appeal, either in Montreal (Ernest Cormier Building) or in Quebec City (Quebec City Courthouse).

 

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


The Digital Office of the Court of Appeal