Five years later, and still waiting for trial on merits

Telling remarks by Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Pinsonnault issued during the Christmas holidays that reveals the state of Quebec’s justice system, an issue I have written about repeatedly over the years.

In Sprigg c. Cucuzzella, 2022 QCCS 4774, Justice Pinsonnault remarked:

[2]  As incredible as it may seem, this oppression remedy action instituted more than five years ago in November 2017 has still not been scheduled for trial on the merits.

[66 Five years having elapsed since the filing of the Oppression Remedy Demand, the irreconcilable business relationship between the parties herein must come to a much-needed resolution. Without casting any blame on anyone, given the stance adopted by each side, their commercial dispute can only be resolved with a judgment on the merits of each party’s contentions.

[70 The Court will not allow one party to take undue advantage of the other party in this judicial saga without due process.

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