Court of Appeal of Quebec

Motions in criminal matters

A motion may be presented to the Court, either before a judge or before the Clerk. When the expression "the Court" is used in law, the motion must necessarily be presented before a panel of 3 judges. If the expression "the Court or a judge" is used in law, the motion may be presented before a judge sitting alone. A non-exhaustive list is given to you for certain situations. In the case of shared competency the more efficient option is chosen by the Court. For example, if both the Court and a judge have jurisdiction to hear a motion, the motion will be heard by a judge sitting alone.