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Legal Briefs

Until 2010, these legal briefs provide examples of judgments pertaining to everyday situations. Beginning in 2012, they deal with various topics of general interest, such as rental issues, family law, human rights, civil liability, insurance, dealings between spouses and social aid. They are intended to inform and to prevent undesirable situations.


 


Legal Briefs 2009

  Month
Number
Legal brief
December
 19
As a result of my automobile accident, I no longer have any income This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.

THE FACTS

For two years, the claimant had held employment with a mining drilling company. He worked on call when the company required him to work. For more than six months, he had been working on a cycle of 28 consecutive days on the company’s job site, followed by 14 consecutive days of more

November
 18
I filed a lawsuit in Small Claims Court This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
You filed a lawsuit in the Small Claims Court. You were told that you could not be represented in Small Claims Court by a lawyer, yet the other party is represented by a lawyer who is an employee of the company. Can a lawyer represent his employer in Small Claims Court? more
November
 17
Do my actions give rise to criminal liability? This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
When a person commits an act that has the effect of damaging property, the person will not always be criminally liable as a result, even if the act, on its surface, is wilful.

THE FACTS

The accused was separated from her husband who had a new spouse. At nightfall, she wen more

October
 16
I am being held in custody at my parent’s house This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Your youngster has been arrested following serious charges and the court is of the opinion that, for the public’s protection, he should be held in custody in a reception centre. Can he be placed in the care of a responsible person? more
October
 15
Am I dangerous due to my mental state? This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Ambulance attendants came to my house and took me to the hospital although I refused to go. Upon my arrival, the doctors refused to let me leave and they decided to keep me there even though I was firmly opposed to being hospitalized. Can I be kept in the hospital against my will? more
September
 14
My child was injured in the park This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Your child is injured while playing in a municipal park. Can the municipality be held responsible? Under what circumstances?

THE FACTS


A 13-year-old adolescent is playing soccer with friends one evening. The ball is hit out of bounds, coming to rest under a shrub; the young boy goes to fetch it. The shrub, a hawthorn, is not familiar to the boy. When he stands up to return to the field, his eye is pierced by one of the shrub’s thorns. As a result of the accident, the young boy has to undergo several surgical procedures, which both disrupt and upset him and his family. Further, despite the surgeries, the boy’s vision remains impaired which limits his activities, especially sports. The young man and his parents file a suit against the municipality for damages and inconvenience. The municipality denies any responsibility.


THE ISSUE

Is the municipality responsible for the child’s injuries?


THE DECISION

The claim is allowed.

THE GROUNDS

In order for the municipality to be held responsible for damages, the adolescent and his family must prove that the municipality committed an error, that there was an injury, and that there is a causal link between the two. So, on the one hand, was the municipality at fault? And on the other, were the parents negligent in carrying out their obligation to ensure the well being of their child? It was determined that the parents had not committed an error in this regard. As for the municipality, it has an obligation to the users of its public parks, to make the best effort to ensure their safety. The municipality must act as a “responsible person” and take measures to ensure that park users are not injured. In this case, the Judge ruled that the municipality failed in its best-effort obligation, in three ways. First, the hawthorn should not have been planted so close to a soccer field; doing so puts players in unnecessary danger. Second, the municipality should have pruned the shrub in question in order to avoid the potential for injury to park users. Third, the municipality should have warned park users of the presence of the hawthorn and of its dangers. The injury to the boy having been proved, the Tribunal determined that there was a direct causal link between the municipality’s error and the injury. The Tribunal allowed the request.


ReferencesMassy v. St-Laurent (Town of), Superior Court (S.C.) Montréal 500-05-029725-973, April 23, 2003, Judge Danielle Richer (J.E. 2003-1530; www.jugements.qc.ca).
Québec Civil Code, (L.Q. 1991, c. 64), art.1376, 1457.


Legal brief *
September  2009
Number  14
Text prepared by   Le jugement dont il est question dans cette chronique a été rendu en fonction des éléments de preuves soumis au tribunal. Chaque situation est particulière. Dans le doute, nous vous suggérons de consulter un avocat de l’aide juridique. / The jugement discussed in this article was rendered based on the evidence submitted to the court. Each situation is unique. If in doubt, we suggest you consult a legal aid lawyer.
Update by   Commission des services juridiques
* The information set out in this document is not a legal interpretation.
The masculine is used to designate persons solely in order to simplify the text.
September
 13
Do I have to repay my social assistance payments? This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
As a recipient of individual social assistance, can you act as a sponsor for your partner or your children so they might immigrate to Quebec? more
June
 12
I was fired following a strike This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
You’ve been working in the public service for a number of years. Your union wins a strike vote and several days later, the strike begins. Your employer then fires you for having participated in an illegal strike. Are your union and your union representative responsible for your dismissal? more
June
 11
I was injured while playing golf This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
While taking part in a golf tournament you were hit in the forehead by a golf ball as you were getting ready to make your tee shot on the 11th hole. Can the golfer whose ball hit you be required to compensate you for the damages you suffered? more
May
 10
My coat is missing This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
After you have been seated at a restaurant, the waiter asks you to check your coat. At the end of the evening, your coat is missing. Can you make a claim against the restaurant for the value of your coat? more
May
 09
My vehicle has been damaged This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
You leave your automobile with a garage owner for repairs. Your car is damaged while in the garage’s parking area. Is the garage owner responsible for the damages to your car? more
April
 08
My neighbour is harassing me This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Your relationship with your neighbour is tense. You think that he is harassing you and overstepping his property rights. What are the limits with respect to property rights? more
April
 07
I've been badly injured This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
You go to a snow slide and rafting centre with your children. During a run, you are badly injured. Is the sliding centre responsible? more
March
 06
My home has hidden defects This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
You purchase a house. After you move in, you realize that it has major defects. Can you cancel the purchase? more
March
 05
Am I responsible for my partner's debt?This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Your partner dies while engaged in a contract of suretyship (endorser). As the universal legatee (heir), are you responsible for your partner’s debt? more
Febrary
 04
My child has been injured This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
When leaving school one day, your five-year-old is injured by ice falling from the roof of a building. The building is adjacent to the only road leading to the school; the school has access to the road by virtue of a servitude granted to the School Board. Who is responsible for the damages in thi more
 
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