Millions needed to improve justice system, Quebec Bar tells province

System that still relies on paper and photocopiers should be computerized, Paul-Matthieu Grondin says

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Published on: March 1, 2018 | Last Updated: March 1, 2018 12:07 PM EST

The Quebec Bar has added its voice to those of the health and education sectors in begging the province for more funding, particularly in the areas of computerizing the administration of justice and improving access to the legal system.

Paul-Matthieu Grondin, bâtonnier of the Quebec Bar, told reporters Thursday that $400 million to $600 million was needed to computerize a system that for a large part still functions with paper and photocopiers. He said another $212 million is needed to renovate the province’s courthouses, noting that in many cases insufficient space is available to hear cases and courtrooms are in a decrepit state.

Grondin also called for having access to legal aid expanded and a review of laws governing compensation to victims of criminal acts.

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