The Lawyer’s Daily quotes Montréal lawyer Vincent Cérat Lagana in an article on Quebec bar setting up free phone-in clinic to help citizens with questions related to COVID-19.
By and large, the same approach has been adopted by Quebec Superior Court and the Court of Quebec. Certain exceptions for civil and commercial litigation do exist, pointed out Vincent Cérat Lagana, a Montreal litigator with Fasken LLP. The courts will continue to hear applications for interim injunctions and safeguard orders as well as applications for seizures before judgment, applications for eviction orders, and orders for release from seizure, annulment of seizures before judgment and contested eviction orders.
“The measures that were taken are good ones,” said Cérat Lagana. “They were adopted to preserve the rights of people and it does not significantly complicate people’s access to the courts in spite of the social crisis. It’s a very sensible balance that was put in place. Obviously if it lasts a long time then it will have consequences on the justice system just as it will have on all facets of society.”