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Press Releases 2019

2019 Robert-Sauvé Award
Montreal, November 8, 2019 - On November 7, 2019, Me Yvan Niquette, Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques, proudly presented the 2019 Robert-Sauvé Awards in Montreal. The awards were created in order to recognize the exceptional contribution of individuals to promoting the rights of the less fortunate. The prize is named after the founding chairman of legal aid in Québec, the Honourable Robert Sauvé, who was Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques from 1972 to 1977. One award is presented to a person from within the legal aid network and another to a member of the general public.

This year, the Robert-Sauvé Award in the Legal Aid Network category was bestowed on Me Rodrigue Joncas for his outstanding community involvement and his exceptional dedication to the clients of the Community Legal Centre of the Lower St. Lawrence/Gaspé Region. The winner of the 2019 Robert-Sauvé Award in the General Public category is Mr. Michel Purcell for his exceptional community involvement and outstanding dedication to community street work in the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Maskinongé. 

Me Rodrigue Joncas

Me Joncas has practised law for the past 43 years, including 28 years within the legal aid network.

A proud Gaspesian, he began his career in private practice, where he remained until 1989. Me Joncas then joined the Community Legal Centre of the Lower St. Lawrence/Gaspé Region, first in the Gaspé office and, from 2000 to June 2017, in the Rimouski office.

Me Joncas is a lawyer who likes his clients and treats them with great respect and empathy and puts his heart into what he does. 

While in the legal aid network, he was involved in a number of community initiatives, including, to name but a few, as founding member of the organization Place des Hommes, in the Rimouski region. He was also chair of the board of Ressource d’aide aux personnes handicapées for eight years, from 2005 to 2013.

Moreover, as an elected municipal official, he sat on the advisory committee on poverty, where he shared his experience involving the clients of the legal aid network.

He also put his talents to work on behalf of the syndic of the Bar, as corresponding syndic, andworked within the regional Bar, as section president.

Lastly, Me Joncas was recognized by his peers within the criminal legal system when he had the honour of being awarded the 2017 Antonio Lamer Prize by the Association québécoise des avocats et avocates de la défense (AQAAD). This award recognizes excellence in a career devoted to law and justice.

Mr. Michel Purcell

Mr. Purcell, who studied advertising design and special education, is the coordinator of the community street work organization TrueC (Travail de rue communautaire) of the RCM of Maskinongé, an organization he has headed for nearly 25 years.

He is a committed worker and a trailblazer in rural street work. He was involved in founding community street work in the RCM of Maskinongé. 

He is an outstanding fighter and mobilizer who knows how to defend the interests of the poorest within our society so that, collectively, solutions can be found to deal with the many issues at stake, such as hyper sexualization, lack of communication, the increase and development of serious mental health problems, and rising homelessness.

He is one of the founding members of the Association des Travailleurs et Travailleuses de rue du Québec (ATTrueQ) and the Regroupement des organismes communautaires du Québec en travail de rue (ROCQTR).

Montréal, 24 septembre 2019 – Me Yvan Niquette, président de la Commission des services juridiques annonce que son rapport de gestion 2018-2019 a été déposé le 19 septembre dernier à l’Assemblée nationale.

À cette occasion, Me Niquette a affirmé : « Ce rappor
Announcement of Justice, and the Chairman of the CSJ
Montreal, May 31, 2019 – As of today, the legal aid eligibility thresholds increased by 4.17%, which is equal to the percentage by which the minimum wage increased on May 1, 2019. 

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec, Sonia LeBel, and the Chairman
Conformément à la Loi sur les contrats des organismes publics, la Commission des services juridiques (CSJ) a adopté une procédure portant sur la réception et l’examen des plaintes en matière de contrats publics. 

Cette procédure peut être consultée sur le site Web de la CSJ à
Lancement d'un Guide pour les avocats de pratique privée acceptant des mandats
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2019 Robert-Sauvé Award - Announcement of the Nomination Period
Montreal, April 12, 2019. – Me Yvan Niquette, Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques du Québec, is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for the 2019 Robert-Sauvé Award. “I invite all individuals and organizations to highlight the ongoing commitment o more
Entente importante avec Éducaloi
Montréal, le 25 février 2019 – Dans le cadre de ses activités de communication claire et efficace du droit, Éducaloi a conclu un partenariat important avec la Commission des services juridiques (CSJ), responsable de l’administration du programme québécois d’aide juridique. À cet effet, É more
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