Visit to France | Simon Jolin-Barrette returns with possible solutions to improve the justice system

(Montreal) Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette’s diplomatic mission to France provided an opportunity not only to speak about the French language, but also about the improvements that should be made to the justice system.

Posted at 12:48 p.m

Clara Descurninges
The Canadian Press

“You have possible solutions in France regarding judicial delays,” Quebec’s justice minister said in a telephone interview after his meeting with his French counterpart Éric Dupond-Moretti on Friday.

Mr Jolin-Barrette mentioned, among other things, “criminal procedure”, the equivalent of criminal law, where “for minor offences, the procedure is carried out much more quickly”.

In Canada, the Jordanian decision has been the subject of much ink since its inception in 2016. The Supreme Court ruling states that citizens facing criminal charges are entitled to a trial “within a reasonable time” and has been used several times to end lawsuits that have taken too long to bear fruit.

Although the penal code falls under federal jurisdiction, the courts dealing with these cases are often provincial courts.

Minister Jolin-Barrette also said he wanted to take inspiration from France when modernizing the judicial system. “They are doing very good things in terms of digitization, computerization of the judiciary […] They are already a lot further than us at this level,” he remarked.

But not only Quebec has an interest in taking notes, explained Mr. Dupond-Moretti in a press release. “It seems very useful to me to draw inspiration from Quebec’s experiences,” he said. Whether it is violence against women, the development of mediation and amicable dispute resolution processes, restorative justice or the status of corporate lawyers, Quebec’s experiences are rich and could inspire new improvements in the ministry of French men and women. »

“This meeting was an opportunity to present our specialized court model and to discuss recent initiatives implemented on both sides to address sexual and domestic violence,” said Mr. Jolin-Barrette, recalling that “Quebec is the premier jurisdiction in the world is to build this structure.

Other issues will also be the subject of exchange of best practice within a standing working committee, including courthouse design, restorative justice and out-of-court settlements.

Mr Jolin-Barrette was on a diplomatic visit to France from June 22nd to 25th. In particular, he addressed the French Academy on Law 96 and the preservation of the language and met the Secretary General of the International Organization of Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo.

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