Class actions appear to be thriving in Quebec. A series of suits launched recently seem to enhance the province’s reputation as a have for class action suits. But that may be illusory.
More than a year after the Quebec auditor general revealed that courthouses in the province are underused, the justice department is still tightlipped over what, if any, progress it has made to remedy the situation.
Questions surrounding the efficacy and scope of investor protection provided by the debt-ridden indemnity fund overseen by Quebec’s financial watchdog have surfaced.
Nearly three decades after class actions made their first appearance in the Canadian legal landscape, little light has been shed over class action take-up rates.
Law firms that negotiated Norbourg class action are seeking $11-million.
At present, only Quebec has anti-SLAPP legislation, which was adopted in 2009. But there is mounting pressure in Ontario to introduce anti-SLAPP legislation.
In what appears to be a clear sign that the Quebec legal profession has begun to embrace the plain language movement, a guide aimed at lawyers written and published by the Barreau du Québec has proven to be so popular that the law society ran out of copies two days after making it available.
The surging number of unrepresented litigants may leave legislators with little choice but to to review and enact simplified rules of practice to make justice more accessible, said the Chief Justice of Quebec Superior Court.
A call by the Barreau du Québec to broaden access to legal aid by relaxing financial eligibility thresholds was quickly dismissed by the Quebec government.
Quebec law society urges improvements for people suffering from mental illness.
A certificate of eligibility from legal aid constitutes a presumption of fact when tackling the issue of financial means in cases dealing with a Rowbotham motion, rules court.