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Are minors eligible?


Minors (under 18 years of age) who need legal representation may be eligible for legal aid.

Financial eligibility
The following factors are taken into account in determining whether a minor is eligible:

  • the minor’s income and liquid assets;
  • income, liquid assets and other assets of the parents who have custody of the minor or, as the case may be, of the person who has custody under a court order.

Interests opposed to those of the parents
Where the minor’s interests compete with those of his or her father, mother or person with custody under a court order, only the income and liquid assets of the minor will be taken into account. In such a case, the cost of services rendered could be claimed from the parents or person with custody of the minor

When the minor requires services that come under the Youth Protection Act (CQLR, c. P-34.1) or the Youth Criminal Justice Act (S.C. 2002, c.1), only the income and liquid assets of the minor will be taken into account and there will not be any claim for reimbursement from the parents or custodian.

Services covered
Services will always be covered in the following cases:

  • cases relating to family law;
  • cases regarding tutorship;
  • cases where the court exercises powers under the Youth Protection Act (CQLR, c. P-34.1) ;
  • when a minor faces proceedings before a court under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (S.C. 2002, c.1).

And, depending on the circumstances, services could be covered in other situations. 

© Commission des services juridiques Création: Diane Laurin - 2017