Pro Bono Québec welcomes the announcement of a registry in civil and family matters at the Kuujjuaq courthouse
Montréal, May 24, 2018 – Pro Bono Québec learned this morning that residents of the Ungava Bay territory in Nunavik will now have access to registry services in civil and family matters in their region. This announcement by the Department of Justice represents an important step forward in access to justice for citizens of the Far North, who will now be able to assert their rights at home rather than in a court of law more than 1,400 kilometres away.
“During visits to Kuujjuaq, one in March 2017 and the other in January 2018, in the company of four lawyers and a notary, we realized the imbalance that exists in the knowledge and application of the most fundamental rights,” explained Nancy Leggett-Bachand, Executive Director of Pro Bono Québec.”Imagine that you have been married for more than 10 years, that you have five children, and that after separating from your spouse you cannot claim support for your contribution to the marriage or for custody of your children, because you do not have easy access to legal resources to assist you in filing a legal claim. Try to imagine that you cannot enjoy the property bequeathed to you because the will providing for this legacy can only be probated, at your expense, by a court located more than 1,400 kilometres away.”
Pro Bono Québec organizes volunteer legal clinics that offer free personalized legal consultations, informative conferences and workshops for high school students in Nunavik communities. The experience is always greatly appreciated, both by the visited community and by the volunteer lawyers.