The Court of Appeal uses the Microsoft Teams platform to hold its virtual hearings. The virtual courtrooms 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 virtual courtroom.
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.
The use of virtual courtrooms 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, ( https://courdappelduquebec.ca/en/rolls/ ).
Members of the public (including journalists) can attend virtual hearings via audio. By emailing a request to the office of the Court in Montreal or Quebec City, depending on the hearing venue (Office of the Court in Quebec City: firstname.lastname@example.org; Office of the Court in Montreal: email@example.com), they will be able to receive the relevant information.
The physical presence of members of the public in courtrooms will be authorized only in compliance with the health guidelines in effect, including those governing the maximum capacity in courtrooms.
It should also be noted that the Guidelines Concerning the Use of Technological Devices in Courtrooms apply to virtual 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.
In order to help counsel and parties prepare for and participate in the virtual hearings that the Court of Appeal is now holding, the Court has prepared a Guide to Best Practices that contains all the necessary information. Members of the public who want to know how to attend virtual hearings will also find the necessary information in the Guide.
Unless otherwise specified, the presence of a maximum of two pleaders per party or group of parties is authorized. In addition, you will be required to comply with the following measures: