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For more information on the Commission des services juridiques, members of the media should contact Mtre Richard La Charité, Communications Director at 514-873-3562 ext: 232.


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Press Releases 2013


2013-12-27
Montreal, December 27 2013 The increase coming into effect on January 1, 2014 will bring the eligibility threshold for free legal aid to $16,306 and the maximum eligibility threshold for contributory legal aid to $26,309 for single individuals. It bears reminding that single individuals represent 73% of the legal aid clientele. A family composed of two spouses and two children, whose annual income is $26,737, will now be eligible for free legal aid.

As of June 1, 2015, eligibility thresholds will increase once again, with the minimum wage as a reference point. Thereafter, eligibility thresholds will be kept at this level through an indexation clause linking the thresholds to the minimum wage. Ultimately, the eligibility threshold increase for free legal aid will be 35.8%, which will facilitate access to justice for the portion of the population that works, but has limited income. The same is true for seniors living alone whose principal source of income is their Old Age Security benefits and the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

Me Denis Roy, Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques, reminds the public that it is to the advantage of persons who require legal assistance and may be eligible for legal aid to contact the legal aid office closest to their residence in order to confirm such eligibility. “Given the terms and conditions prescribed by the act and the regulations, only legal aid staff can determine your eligibility; it is therefore important to make an appointment with a legal aid lawyer,” stated Me Roy.

The new eligibility scale for services at no cost is as follows:

Class of Applicant  : Maximum Annual Income 

  • For a single person : $16,306 


For an applicant whose family is comprised of: 
  • one adult and one child : $19,948 
  • one adult and 2 children or + $21,296 
  • spouses without children $22,691 
  • spouses with 1 child $25,389 
  • spouses with 2 children or + $26,737 


Me Roy emphasized that the contributory scheme offers a unique formula that allows individuals to be represented by a lawyer before the courts while knowing, in advance, the maximum amount of the legal fees and costs. The contributory scheme allows an individual to receive legal services if his or her income, assets and liquidities match the eligibility scales in effect and if the individual pays a contribution ranging from $100 to $800, depending on the person’s situation. The eligibility scale for legal aid under the contributory scheme is as follows:

Class of Applicant  : Maximum Annual Income 

  • For a single person : $26,309 


For an applicant whose family is comprised of:
  • one adult and one child : $32,185 
  • one adult and 2 children or + :  $34,360 
  • spouses without children  : $36,616 
  • spouses with 1 child  : $40,965 
  • spouses with 2 children or +  : $43,141 


About the Commission des services juridiques 

The Commission des services juridiques is the agency charged with applying the Act respecting legal aid and the provision of certain other legal services in Québec. Legal aid may be granted to anyone who is financially eligible, in order to cover various legal services involving civil, family, administrative, criminal, health, immigration or youth law matters. It is also the agency charged with offering the services provided for in the Act to promote access to justice in family matters, namely, the Homologation Assistance Service (HAS), which has been in effect since October, 10, 2013, and the Service administratif de rajustement des pensions alimentaires pour enfants (SARPA), a child support recalculation service which will be available in the coming months. 

For more information, please visit the Web site of the Commission des services juridiques at: http://www.csj.qc.ca.

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Source: Me Richard La Charité, rlacharite@csj.qc.ca 
Director, Communications Department 
(514) 873-3562, extension 261
2013-11-01
Montreal, November 1, 2013 On October 31, 2013, Me Denis Roy, Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques, proudly presented the 2013 Robert-Sauvé Awards in Longueuil. The awards were created in order to recognize the exceptional contribution of individuals to promoting the more
2013-10-10
Montréal, le 10 octobre 2013 À compter de ce jour, la Commission des services juridiques et le réseau de l'aide juridique offrent un nouveau service d’aide juridique accessible à tous les parents, qu’ils soient ou non admissibles financièrement à l’aide juridique.

Comme le soulign
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2013-10-04
Montréal, le 4 octobre 2013 Le président de la Commission des services juridiques, Me Denis Roy, salue le projet de règlement que s’apprête à déposer le ministre de la Justice, Me Bertrand St-Arnaud, qui aura pour effet de rattraper l’écart entre les seuils d’admissibil more
2013-08-02
Montréal, le 2 août 2013 La Commission des services juridiques veut rappeler aux familles endeuillées, victimes de la tragédie ferroviaire de Lac-Mégantic, qu’elles pourront s’adresser au bureau d’aide juridique le plus près de leur résidence si l’un des leurs est disparu lors de l’incendie d more
2013-07-19
Montréal, le 19 juillet 2013 Pour faciliter les démarches judiciaires des familles endeuillées, Me Denis Roy, président de la Commission des services juridiques annonce qu’un avocat de l’aide juridique sera à Lac-Mégantic pour orienter les victimes de cette tragédie et leur donner more
2013-07-16
Montréal, le 16 juillet 2013 Le bureau d’aide juridique de Lac-Mégantic, qui a été rasé par les flammes le 6 juillet dernier, est relocalisé temporairement au 4336 rue Laval à Lac-Mégantic. 

« La clientèle de la région de Lac-Mégantic admissible à l’aide juridique peut com
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2013-06-01
Montréal, May 31st, 2013 – As of June 1, 2013, the legal aid eligibility thresholds will increase. This increase will make legal aid accessible to a greater number of people.

The June 1, 2013 increase will bring the eligibility threshold for gratuitous legal aid to $14,140 and the maxi
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2013-02-21
Montreal, February 21st, 2013. - Me Denis Roy, Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques du Québec, is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for the 2013 Robert-Sauvé Award. “I invite all individuals and organizations to highlight the ongoing commitment more
2013-02-05
Montréal, le 5 février 2013 Me Denis Roy, président de la Commission des services juridiques (CSJ), est heureux de vous aviser que le Conseil des ministres a nommé, à sa réunion du 31 janvier 2013, Me Céline Giroux au poste de vice-présidente de la CSJ à compter more
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