Court of Appeal of Quebec

Visit of the SCC to Quebec City in September 2022: announcement of the two cases that will be heard

News release issued by the Supreme Court of Canada

OTTAWA, May 17, 2022 — The Supreme Court of Canada is pleased to announce the two cases it will hear when it sits outside Ottawa in September for the second time in its history. It also encourages anyone interested in attending the hearings and events planned to explore a new microsite devoted to the visit to Quebec City. The Supreme Court will be visiting Quebec City from September 12-16. The Court also invites the public to follow its new Instagram account.

On September 14th, the Court will hear Her Majesty the Queen v. Pascal Breault. This case from the Quebec Court of Appeal asks the Court whether police must have an approved testing device with them when they order someone to provide a breath sample. The next day, the Court will hear Janick Murray-Hall v. Attorney General of Quebec, another appeal from the Quebec Court of Appeal pertaining to growing cannabis for personal use.

While in Quebec’s capital city, the Court will also host a free event for the public and conduct outreach at schools and among the local legal community. For those who wish to attend the public event on September 14, the Court encourages people to register early. The Court will update its microsite and social media accounts with more details throughout the spring and summer.
“Since becoming Chief Justice of Canada, I have made it a priority to make the Supreme Court more open and accessible to the public,” said Chief Justice Richard Wagner. “Part of that work includes taking the Court to different parts of the country where people can see for themselves that Canada’s courts are open, impartial and independent. We are excited to travel to Quebec’s capital and welcome Quebeckers into their Court,” he added in a video message for the public.

The hearings and outreach are possible due to the enthusiastic and invaluable support of the Chief Justice of Quebec Manon Savard, along with Quebec Superior Court Associate Chief Justice Catherine La Rosa and Quebec Court Chief Justice Lucie Rondeau.

“I join my colleagues from the Superior Court and the Court of Québec in extending a very warm welcome to the Supreme Court of Canada on the occasion of its visit to Québec City. It is with a lot of pride that I salute this important event!” said the Chief Justice of Quebec, the Honourable Manon Savard.

“It will be a unique opportunity for the public to learn more about the Supreme Court’s work and to gain insight into the essential role courts play in our democratic society; and the judges will have the privilege of rediscovering this remarkable city that is the cradle of the Canadian Francophonie,” added Ms. Savard.

Chief Justice Wagner added that the two cases to be heard in Quebec City may be the first Supreme Court hearings for the Court’s newest judge, whose nomination is expected before Justice Michael Moldaver retires on September 1, 2022.

For more information please contact:
Renée Thériault
Executive Legal Officer
(613) 996-9296

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