Court of Appeal of Quebec

Online hearings

Hearings on the merits and applications before a judge alone or before a panel

All appeals on the merits will now be heard in person. Attendance at hearings by technological means will continue to be possible on written request addressed to the Court office to the attention of the presiding member of the panel hearing the appeal.

In addition, for the hearing of applications, the Court will offer litigants the choice of appearing in person in Court or participating by videoconference. When an application is placed on roll, the Court office will send the parties or their counsel, as the case may be, a notice of hearing containing all the necessary information for the hearing. On receipt of the notice of hearing, a litigant must inform the Court office whether they wish to appear in person in Court for the hearing of the application or participate by videoconference, failing which it will be understood that the litigant will be present in Court.

Joining a Online hearing session via the Teams platform

The Court of Appeal uses the Microsoft Teams platform to hold its online hearings. The online hearings are easy to use and secure and also make it possible to record proceedings.

The email sent by the Court office confirming the date and time of the hearing will contain the necessary information for pleaders to connect themselves, including the conference number and the link to connect directly to the online hearing.

Pleaders are asked to read the document entitled Technical Conditions and to contact the Court office with any questions they may have regarding the use of this platform.

Public nature of hearings and Guidelines Concerning the Use of Technological Devices in Courtrooms

The use of online hearings does not prevent the public from attending hearings, given that the open court principle subsists (subject to the exceptions that apply under normal circumstances). The rolls for the Court are posted on the Court’s website, as usual, (

Members of the public (including journalists) can attend online hearings via audio. By emailing a request to the office of the Court in Montreal or Quebec City, depending on the hearing venue (Registry of Quebec City:; Registry of Montreal:, they will be able to receive the relevant information.

It should also be noted that the Guidelines Concerning the Use of Technological Devices in Courtrooms apply to online hearings, with the necessary modifications. Thus, subject to the exceptions set out in said Guidelines, no participant is authorized to capture a screenshot, record the hearing or broadcast it by any means whatsoever.

Guide to Best Practices and Aide-memoire

In order to help counsel and parties prepare for and participate in the online hearings that the Court of Appeal is now holding, the Court has prepared a Guide to Best Practices and an Aide-memoire that contains all the necessary information. Members of the public who want to know how to attend online hearings will also find the necessary information in the Guide. 


Hearings in courtrooms

In the case that a hearing is held in a courtroom, you will be required to comply with the following measures:

  • If you are ill or have been in contact with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19, do not come to Court;
  • Arrive at the Court at least 30 minutes before the hearing of your appeal or motion. If there is another hearing before yours, it may be shortened and you may be required to proceed before the agreed upon time;
  • Bring your own water bottle; pitchers of water and glasses are no longer provided;
  • A document filed at the hearing must be accompanied by its technological version on a USB key.

Contact information for the Office of the Court