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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.

 

Pro Bono Québec launches a new project for better access to family justice in the Laurentians: Gate 33

Referring to Article 33 of the Quebec’s Civil Code, the project aims to offer legal and psychosocial resources, focusing on the child’s best interests, to families experiencing a separation. The project’s objective is twofold: to improve access to family justice and to mitigate the impact of separation on the child’s life.

Gate 33 has three components:

1. A mobile legal clinic  

Volunteer lawyers will provide legal information in family law, on an individual basis, as well as useful information to understand how to accompany a child through separation. These clinics will be offered in various Family organizations in the Laurentians region in the fall 2018 and winter 2019.

To make an appointment call: 514-904-1076 ext. 603

2.  Training for lawyers (in French)

On October 16, The Socio-Legal Partnership during a Separation: Ally in the Best Interests of the Child training course was held. This training was aiming at preparing the lawyers who will participate in the itinerant clinic. In return for six (6) hours of continuing education, the lawyers committed to offering three (3) hours of pro bono work in the mobile clinic.

For more details (in French) 

For information :  ebrien@probonoquebec.ca

3.  A website

Details to come

This project is made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the Law Foundation of Ontario and the support of our valuable partners: Regroupement des organismes communautaires Famille autonomes des Laurentides and the Laurentides-Lanaudière legal community center.

Pro Bono Québec is seeking four volonteer lawyers and a volunteer notary for a legal clinic in Kuujjuarapik and Puvirnituq from Sunday, October 28 to Friday, November 2, 2018.

We are looking for five volunteer legal experts:

– A general notary with a strong interest in inheritance, personal and family law and registry holder ;

– A family law lawyer ;

– A youth protection lawyer;

– A criminal lawyer;

– A civil law lawyer with experience in small claims, among others.

 

In addition, candidates must possess the following qualities and qualifications:

– Fluent in spoken and written English, Inuktitut is an asset;

– Experience in a community setting, in an Indigenous setting or with vulnerable groups;

– Minimum of three years experience as a lawyer or notary;

– Be available from Sunday, October 28 to Friday, November 2 – and possibly October 27 and November 3, if weather conditions do not permit departure and return on the dates indicated;

– Be available for a two-hour information-training session during the week of October 22 (time to be determined).

*Flights, accommodation and meals are offered.

Flights are from Montreal, on Air Inuit. Interested candidates must travel at their own expense to the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport in Dorval.

If you are interested in this challenge, please send us your resume and a short letter of interest before Monday, September 24, 5 p.m. to rh@probonoquebec.ca

This project is made possible by the Barreau du Québec, the Chambre des notaires du Québec and the Makivik Corporation.