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… you can file a complaint by sending an e-mail to:
plaintes@cja.gouv.qc.ca ?

Limitations to the powers of the Conseil

The Conseil de la justice administrative has the mandate to receive and examine complaints concerning a breach of ethics conduct, that is, reprehensible conduct on the part of a member of the Tribunal administratif du Québec, the Tribunal administratif du travail, the Tribunal administratif des marchés financiers, the Bureau des présidents des conseils de discipline or a commissioner or a special clerk of the Régie du logement.

When a complaint is considered admissible and the inquiry committee in charge of investigating the complaint decides that it is well-founded, the powers of the Conseil are limited to reprimanding the concerned administrative law judge or recommending his/her suspension or dismissal.

The Conseil de la justice administrative cannot under any circumstance rescind or amend a decision rendered by the member or commissioner. If you consider that the decision of the administrative law judge is unsound, consult a lawyer or another competent person to find out if it is possible for you to challenge the decision you find unsatisfactory. In fact, the law provides for review, revocation or appeal mechanisms that can be exercised within certain time limits.

The Conseil often receives complaints that it cannot examine. The Conseil, in fact, cannot:

  • Amend the decision of a member or commissioner, or examine an application for a new hearing;
  • Grant a benefit to a complainant;
  • Examine a general complaint regarding a tribunal;
  • Examine a complaint filed against an unidentified administrative judge;
  • Examine a complaint  against a tribunal employee;
  • Examine a complaint filed against a member of a tribunal other than the Tribunal administratif du Québec, the Tribunal administratif du travail, the Tribunal administratif des marchés financiers, the Régie du logement or the Bureau des présidents des conseils de discipline;
  • Examine a complaint against your representative or counsel.
Table - Who should the complaint be adressed to?

If your complaint concerns:

You should contact:

 

  • A Court of Québec judge or a municipal court judge

The Conseil de la magistrature du  Québec
www.conseildelamagistrature.qc.ca 


 

  • A judge of the Court of Appeal or  a judge of the Superior Court

Canadian Judicial Council
www.cjc-ccm.gc.ca

 

  • An advocate

Syndic of the Barreau du Québec
www.barreau.qc.ca

 

  • A department or body of the Québec government or a member of their staff
Several departments and agencies have their own complaints office where citizens can apply. To find out where to inquire please refer to the Québec’s government Portal www.gouv.qc.ca

You can also get in touch with the Protecteur du citoyen du Québec www.protecteurducitoyen.gouv.qc.ca


If the conduct reproved is discriminatory you may forward a complaint to the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse
www.cdpdj.qc.ca