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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 2010

  Month
Number
Legal brief
November
 18
Can I serve my sentence in the community? This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.

THE FACTS

After a night of partying during which the accused consumed some alcohol, the accused, an 18-year-old, decided to drive his friends home. He only had seven weeks of experience as a licensed driver and knew that his vehicle was not in good condition. According to the evidence, he dr
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November
 17
Should you prepare a mandate in the event of incapacity? This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
With our aging population and increasing life span, there is, unfortunately, a very real possibility that we will suffer an illness or accident. Should you prepare a mandate in the event of incapacity? more
October
 16
Do I have the right to see my grandchildren?This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
I would like to see my grandchildren, but the mother of the children is against it. What are my recourses as a grandparent? more
October
 15
Am I entitled to a disability pensionThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
I have had serious health problems for years and I’m not 60 years old yet. I am unable to work. Am I entitled to a disability pension? more
September
 14
I want to have my father's will annulledThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Your father informs you that you are one of the legatees named in his will as an heir. Shortly before his death, he changes his will and bequeaths all his property to someone else. Can you have this will, which you believe is unfair, annulled? more
September
 13
I have to resiliate my lease due to my loss of autonony This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
I have lost my autonomy and I have a medical document confirming that I have to move into premises adapted to my needs. What should I do? more
June
 12
My right to privacy has been violatedThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.

THE FACTS

While helping lift an obese patient from her chair, a worker felt a fierce burning sensation and shooting pain in her back, on the left side, and experienced difficulty lifting her left arm. In May 2005 she was diagnosed with a cervicodorsal sprain which was consolidated in Nove more

June
 11
My property has been seizedThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
As a result of unpaid debts, can a creditor seize all the moveable property in a residence? more
May
 10
A court has ordered that I be placed in a detoxification centre This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
In principle, every person is free to accept or refuse to submit to health care. Exceptionally, a hospital centre may go to court to compel an unfit person to receive treatment despite the person’s categorical refusal, that is, against the person’s will. When dealing with treatment against a person’ more
May
 09
A police officer has asked my child for his version of the facts This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
A youngster has been arrested and the police officer has asked him for his version of the facts. What are his rights? more
April
 08
I am not dangerous: When will my confinement in an institution end? This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
An individual suffering from mental illness may be placed in confinement in a health care institution if he presents a danger to himself or to others due to his mental state. However, if the individual in question opposes the confinement, a court authorization is required. In order to obtain such an order, the hospital must prove that the individual is dangerous and that his confinement in an institution is necessary. If the judge is convinced that confinement in an institution is required, he must set a duration for the confinement in his order. What happens if the confinement period has expired or the periodic psychiatric evaluations have not been done in a timely manner?

THE FACTS

The individual in question was subject to an order of confinement in an institution issued by a judge of the Court of Québec for a maximum period of 30 days. At the hearing, the judge had concluded that the individual presented a danger to herself or to others due to her mental state and that her confinement in an institution was necessary. Acting through her lawyer, the individual filed an application for review with the Administrative Tribunal of Québec in order to have her confinement in an institution lifted on the ground that she no longer presented a danger to herself or to others.

THE ISSUE

Did the individual still present a danger to herself or to others due to her mental state and was her confinement in an institution still necessary?

THE DECISION

The motion to lift the confinement in an institution was granted.

THE GROUNDS

In addition to the legislative provisions of the Civil Code of Québec, the Act respecting the protection of persons whose mental state presents a danger to themselves or to others governs confinement of persons against their will. As regards termination of confinement in an institution, the law expressly provides how confinement may be terminated. The physician treating the patient may issue a certificate stating that the confinement is no longer required or the order of confinement may expire. The Administrative Tribunal of Québec may also order termination of confinement after at hearing at which the evidence reveals that the person is no longer dangerous. Lastly, confinement in an institution may also terminate if no psychiatric examination report has been produced in a timely manner where the confinement is for a period of 30 days or more.


As regards the individual in question, her lawyer argued that no clinical psychiatric examination had been carried out on the 21st day of her confinement, as required by law. The lawyer for the hospital argued that progress notes had been placed in the individual’s medical record on the 21st day and a written report had been prepared for the hearing. The tribunal concluded that the report submitted to it had been prepared too late. Consequently, the Administrative Tribunal of Québec ordered that the order of confinement in an institution imposed on the individual be lifted immediately and it refused to hear any evidence regarding her dangerousness. The fact that the hospital had not respected the time limits imposed by law was fatal and led immediately to the end of confinement in an institution without any other formality.




References
W.H. v. Hôpital A, Administrative Tribunal of Québec (T.A.Q.) SAS-M 155 578-0902, May 25, 2009, Decision rendered by Martine Lavoie, Louise M. Blain and Pierre Migneault (2009 QCTAQ 05267; www.jugements.qc.ca).

An Act respecting the protection of persons whose mental state presents a danger to themselves or to others, (R.S.Q., c. P-38.001), ss. 10 and 12.Civil Code of Québec, (S.Q. 1991, c. 64), ss. 26 and following.


Legal brief *
April  2010
Number  08
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.
April
 07
My youngster is guilty of roberyThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
An offender is convicted of robbery. What is the best judicial decision for this youngster? more
March
 06
For how long can I be obliged to remain in a residential facility? This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
What is the maximum duration of a residential placement order forcing a person to live in a residential facility? more
March
 05
I refuse to let my child have a blood transfusion This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Can parents refuse to let a doctor give a blood transfusion to their minor child on religious grounds? more
February
 04
Is my confinement in an institution necessary? Am I dangerous? This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
In matters of confinement in an institution, judges are called upon to decide on a person’s dangerousness to himself or to others due to his mental state. Dangerousness is the only criterion on which a court must base itself in order to confine an individual in a hospital against his will. How do ju more
Februay
 03
I lost my job due to family obligations This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
You leave your job to go to Guinea to stay with your father who is seriously ill. In the meantime, you learn that he has died and you go to his funeral in Guinea, where you take care of your mother who is also seriously ill. Upon your return, you are refused employment insurance benefits on the grou more
January
 02
Can wearing tinted eye glasses at night reduce vision quality? This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.

THE FACTS

On May 24, 2007, at approximately 9:42 p.m., an individual was driving his automobile on an unlit road while wearing black-tinted eye glasses. A police officer followed him for a while and stopped him. The individual claimed that his glasses made him look “cool”. The police offi more

January
 01
I live in a dwelling in low-rental housing and am frequently away from home This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
You live in a dwelling in low-rental housing and are often away from home in order to visit your family and friends. Can the lessor ask for the resiliation of the lease due to the unoccupancy of the dwelling? more
 
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