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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 2023

Legal brief
Illegal drugs - when sharing means traffickingThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Sebastian [not his real name], a student with a promising future, went to a party to celebratea friend’s birthday. There was a lot of drinking that evening and the atmosphere was electric. Sebastian hoped the party would go on all night long. Over the course of the evening, he offered to share with more
Act to assist persons who are victims of criminal offences and to facilitate their recovery This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
As she has done almost every day after supper, 15-year-old Kayla heads out to the park near her home to meet up with her friends. That evening, she spots a group of young people who appear to be fighting. As she gets closer, she recognizes Leo, her best friend, who is being beaten up by kids she doe more
Children and Work in QuebecThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
On June 1, 2023, Québec enacted the Act respecting the regulation of work by children. Before this Act came into force, there was no minimum working age in Québec more
Collection agencies are after me. What should I do?This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Unfortunately, at some point in your life, you may find yourself in a difficult situation and have trouble meeting your financial obligations. In such a case, it is advisable to make arrangements with your creditors to avoid having them hire a collection agency to collect the sums owed.

Nicole and Raymond have a child, a home and money in their bank account. Are they financially eligible for legal aid?This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Nicole and Raymond have been living together for several years. Raymond works at the village hotel as a waiter. Nicole occasionally babysits. They have a combined annual gross income of $45,000. They have only one child. They own a family home worth $110,000, which is fully paid off. They have $6,00 more
Better Access to Legal AidThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
If you need the services of a lawyer and want to check your eligibility for legal aid, youshould know that since December 29, 2022, regulatory changes may simplify the processing of your application.

In fact, if you meet the following conditions, you will no longer have to submit any document
The "grandparent" scam: protecting yourself and your loved onesThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
You receive a call from someone claiming to be a lawyer, who informs you that your favourite grandson has been arrested and is currently being held in custody. You are told that you must pay bail of $2,500 before he can be released. The only thing missing is your payment. Someone will come by in the next few minutes to collect the money…

You may be a victim of fraud. Here’s what you should do if you receive such a call:
  1. Ask for the lawyer’s first and last name and the city in which they practise;
  2. With this information, check the Directory of lawyers on the Barreau du Québec’s website (available here) to confirm that the person is indeed a lawyer who is a member of the Barreau du Québec;
  3. Call the lawyer at the phone number provided in the Directory of lawyers to validate the information given to you.

Under no circumstances should you provide your banking information or credit card number over the phone to pay bail as a surety. In addition, for the same reason, you should not give cash to anyone who comes to your home claiming to be a family member, a lawyer, a police officer, etc.

To act as a surety for a loved one, you will first need to complete a “Surety Declaration” form, as required by section 515.1 of the Criminal Code. The accused’s lawyer can provide you with a copy. Once completed, the form will be given directly to a judge. With the judge’s permission, you will become a surety.

In certain cases, the surety will actually have to deposit a sum of money in order for the accused to be released. Only the office of a court, at a courthouse, is authorized to receive such a payment. If the accused complies with the conditions of release, the full amount paid will be returned to you when the file is closed. In other cases, an undertaking to pay a sum of money if the accused breaches the conditions of release will be sufficient for the accused to be released.

Finally, even if no financial loss has been incurred, we encourage anyone who believes they have been targeted by a fraud to notify their local police department as well as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501).

Be vigilant and talk about it to your loved ones.


Don’t hesitate to have your eligibility for legal aid evaluated by making an appointment at a legal aid office near you. You can also check your eligibility online here.

To find the contact information for your legal aid office, please click on the following link: www.csj.qc.ca.

Legal brief *
April  2023
Number  04
Text prepared by   Me Léanne Tardif
* 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.
HAS or SARPA, which applies to me?This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.

The Homologation Assistance Service is intented for parties residing in Quebec who wish, for whatever reason, to modify arrangements pertaining to child custody or access rights or support involving a child or spouse (or more
Assistant to persons of full ageThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
You are 80 years old and are still very alert, but you have some difficulties with computers and anything electronic. You also have trouble hearing people on the phone when dealing with suppliers or when trying to get information about your accounts.

The newly adopted Law to better protect
What is an Immediate Protective Measure?This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
When the Director of Youth Protection (the “DYP”) accepts a report regarding a child’s situation, he may unilaterally decide to take an immediate protective measure. In fact, the Youth Protection Act1 allows him to take certain measures to ensure the safety of the child for a maximum period of 48 more
© Commission des services juridiques Création: Diane Laurin - 2017