Terms of use

Last updated: June 18, 2024

Terms of Use of the Greffe numérique judiciaire du Québec

Before using the Greffe numérique judiciaire du Québec, the user must read and accept the Terms of Use for depositing bail in criminal matters on weekends or holidays, filing documents and paying judicial fees online or sending courtesy copies to the Superior Court, the Court of Québec and the Human Rights Tribunal.

  1. Using the Greffe numérique judiciaire du Québec
  2. Using the bail deposit service in criminal matters on weekends and holidays
  3. Using document filing and judicial fees payment services
  4. Using the service for sending a courtesy copy to the Superior Court, the Court of Québec and the Human Rights Tribunal
  5. Accepting the terms of use

1. Using the Greffe numérique judiciaire du Québec

1.1. Service

The Digital Court Office of the Ministère de la Justice (MJQ) is available to users at all times subject to the exceptions set out in these terms of use.

The MJQ nevertheless reserves the right to restrict access to the Digital Court Office outside Superior Court, Court of Québec and the Human Rights Tribunal office hours for the purpose of conducting technological infrastructure work. A notice will be posted on the Digital Court Office site to inform the user that such work is taking place.

For an optimal experience with the Digital Court Office, we recommend using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your browser. We also recommend that you use the latest version of these browsers and make sure your operating system and web browser have the necessary updates and settings.

1.2. Intellectual property rights

The user allows the Superior Court, the Court of Québec and the Human Rights Tribunal offices to make paper copies of the documents filed electronically through the Digital Court Office.

The user is responsible for obtaining the required authorizations or holding the necessary rights, including copyrights, for the documents they file electronically.

1.3. Privacy policy

The MJQ is committed to protecting users' privacy and personal information. We have taken important measures to safeguard personal information provided through the Digital Court Office.

The handling of personal information by a public body such as the MJQ is governed by the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information (CQLR, chapter A-2.1) (AIA).

Personal information means any identifying information concerning a natural person.

Personal information contained in public documents is not subject to the privacy rules set out in the AIA.

1.3.1 Collection

The MJQ only collects the information it needs to perform its duties in the administration of justice.

1.3.2 Use

Personal information collected by a public body is used only for the purposes for which it was collected, subject to the exceptions set out in the AIA.

1.3.3 Disclosure

The confidential personal information we collect is only disclosed to a third party with the consent of the person concerned or in accordance with the exceptions set out in the AIA.

Personal information shared with us is not disclosed to any private or government organization.

1.3.4 Storage

The MJQ destroys personal information it has collected or used once its purpose has been fulfilled subject to the Archives Act (CQLR, chapter A-21.1).

The information of the party identified in the filing form and the documents sent will be stored in accordance with the Archives Act.

1.4. Limitation of liability

By using the Digital Court Office, you acknowledge that the MJQ is not liable for any costs, losses or damages you may incur:

a) because you did not comply with these terms of use, or

b) because you did not comply with the laws or regulations in effect in Québec.

1.5. Legal system

Digital Court Office use is governed by the laws applicable in Québec. Any dispute arising from these terms of use shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Québec.

2. Using the bail deposit service in criminal matters on weekends and holidays

The Digital Court Office allows for depositing bail in criminal matters on weekends and holidays.

It is not mandatory to use the Digital Court Office. Bail can be deposited by Interac transfer or in person at a courthouse in the province of Québec.

2.1. Availability of the bail deposit service in criminal matters

The Digital Court Office's bail deposit service in criminal matters is available on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays during the working hours of the Appearance Court Office, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Accordingly, this deposit will only be processed during the working hours of the Appearance Court Office.

2.2. Depositing bail

Users will be redirected to a secure platform when depositing bail. No banking information is collected by the MJQ or the Court of Québec.

To make an online payment, users will need the case file number and the accused’s sequence number provided by the Appearance Court Office. Payments can only be made with Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

2.3. Information on bail deposit

Information on bail deposit will remain available via the Digital Court Office for 7 days. After this time, users must contact the Appearance Court Office for information.

3. Using document filing and judicial fees payment services

The Digital Court Office can be used to simultaneously file the following documents electronically with the Superior Court, the Court of Québec and the Human Rights Tribunal, excepting restrictions listed in clause 3.3 of these Terms of Use:

  • a single pleading, along with supporting documents if applicable;
  • one or more exhibits or any other document related to a single non-contentious application;
  • one or more proofs of notification or service;
  • a single plea change in penal matters;
  • the following documents, if filed by the Agence du revenu du Québec:
    • A single certificate issued under section 13 of the Tax Administration Act or section 54 of the Act to facilitate the payment of support, followed by a discharge, a declaration by the garnishee, an execution report, and any supporting documents;
  • a single pleading, along with supporting documents if applicable, or one or more proofs of notification or service related to the Human Rights Tribunal.

The Digital Court Office can also be used to pay judicial fees online.

It is not mandatory to use the Digital Court Office. Parties may in all cases file paper documents with a courthouse in the province of Québec.

3.1. Document format and size

Documents can only be filed in PDF format. The total file size of all attachments must not exceed 100 MB.

3.2. Precedence of the document

If there is a discrepancy between the information in the filing form and the information in the document, the document shall take precedence.

3.3. Restrictions on Digital Court Office use

A) The user must not use the Digital Court Office to file:

  • a pleading or any other document with the Court of Appeal of Québec
  • an information under the Criminal Code
  • a statement of offence in penal matters
  • an application for judicial authorization (warrant/telewarrant)
  • an application for authorization to institute a class action
  • an application for the solemnization of a marriage or a civil union
  • an application for a restricted licence
  • an application for release from seizure
  • an application to lift suspension of a driver’s licence or the right to obtain one
  • the records of a notary
  • Pleadings, exhibits and other documents in a court file opened on or after April 24, 2024 for an application dealt with according to the procedure for non-contentious proceedings under section 4, paragraph 4 of the Regulation to establish a pilot project relating to digital transformation of the administration of justice.

B) The user must not use the Digital Court Office to file evidence, except with the following pleadings:

To the Court of Québec:
  • Application for seizure before judgment and other application in connection with the execution of judgments presentable before the judge in chambers
  • Application for confinement in an institution
  • Application under the Public Health Act
  • Application for an extension of the time limit for filing a notice to appeal a tax matter
  • Application to contest a decision by the Minister under the Tax Administration Act
  • Incidental applications and notices of management under the Code of Civil Procedure presentable before the Practice Division
  • Application for confinement in an institution (medical reports)
  • Acquiescence in application
  • Application for transfer of district
  • Application for extension of a time limit
  • Urgent application under the Tax Administration Act
  • Application for consolidation of proceedings
  • Application for postponement (e.g., evidence justifying the postponement)
  • Youth protection application
To the Superior Court:
  • Injunction
  • Seizure before judgment
  • Application for special mode of notification
  • Family:
    • All joint applications
    • All agreements
  • Acquiescence in application
  • Application for transfer of district
  • Application for extension of a time limit
  • Application for consolidation of proceedings
  • Application for authorization of care

3.4. User’s liability

The user is liable for:

  • the accuracy of the information provided in the filing form or during online payment
  • any unauthorized use of the filing form, for instance if it violates the restrictions in clause 3.3 hereof or Québec government copyright.

3.5. Timing of payment

Pleadings or documents subject to judicial fees shall be legally received upon full payment of such fees.

In civil or youth matters, you must pay the judicial fees within no more than 2 days of notification of the payment notice for your pleading or document to be considered received on the date it was filed with the court office.

Documents are processed during Superior Court, Court of Québec and the Human Rights Tribunal office hours within 24 to 48 hours after they are sent taking holidays into account; urgent requests are processed within 24 hours.

Documents will be processed in accordance with Superior Court, Court of Québec and the Human Rights Tribunal laws and regulations.

3.6. Documents in a sealed envelope

Documents in a sealed envelope cannot be filed with the Digital Court Office. If the documents contain identifying particulars generally held to be confidential that must be filed in a form that protects the confidentiality of the information, please deliver these documents to the court office by mail or in person in a sealed envelope, making sure to mention the court record file number and contact information of the party or their representative.

3.7. Online payment

3.7.1 Tariff of judicial fees

Applicable judicial fees will be determined in accordance with the corresponding tariffs in effect:

  • Tariff of judicial fees in civil matters (CQLR, chapter T-16, r. 10)
  • Tariff of judicial fees applicable to the recovery of small claims (CQLR, chapter C-25.01, r. 13)
  • Tariff of court costs in penal matters (CQLR, chapter C-25.1, r. 6)
  • Regulation respecting certain court costs in penal matters applicable to persons under 18 years of age (CQLR, chapter C-25.1, r. 3)
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules, Schedule I (C.R.C., chapter 368)
  • Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings Regulations (SOR/86-600)
  • Regulation respecting fiscal administration (CQLR, chapter A-6.002, r. 1).
3.7.2 Payment of judicial fees

Users will be redirected to a secure platform to pay any judicial fees owing. No banking information is collected by the MJQ, the Superior Court, the Court of Québec or the Human Rights Tribunal.

To make an online payment, users will need the application number in their payment notice. Payments can only be made with Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

4. Using the service for sending a courtesy copy to the Superior Court, the Court of Québec and the Human Rights Tribunal

The courtesy copy transmission service may be used to send an electronic copy of documents that have already been filed with the court office of the Superior Court and the Court of Québec, in civil and family matters, and with the Human Rights Tribunal so that judges can access them at the hearing, subject to the restrictions listed in clause 4.2 of these Terms of Use.

Users must have their court record file number on hand in order to send a courtesy copy. All documents in one transmission must concern the same court record file.

The courtesy copy transmission service may only be used exceptionally in accordance with the Superior Court and Court of Québec Chief Justices’ instructions and the Directive of the Human Rights Tribunal, if applicable. This service must not be used for other purposes. The document that was filed with the court office will be considered the original, and the courtesy copy will have no legal validity.

4.1 Document format and size

Documents can only be sent in PDF format. The total file size of all attachments must not exceed 100 MB.

4.2 Restrictions

The courtesy copy transmission service must not be used to send documents:

  • to the Court of Appeal of Québec
  • to the Youth Division of the Court of Québec, including protective and adoption measures
  • to the Small Claims Division of the Court of Québec
  • in criminal and penal matters
  • in marriage and civil union matters
  • in non-contentious proceedings
  • in appeals of Court of Québec decisions and applications for judicial review in youth matters
  • in appeals, extraordinary remedies and other applications in criminal and penal matters
  • in appeals to the Professions Tribunal
  • in family mediation matters

5. Accepting the terms of use

The user acknowledges and agrees with the following statements:

  • By accessing the website of the Digital Court Office and clicking on “I accept the terms of use,” the user acknowledges having read and accepted the terms of use.
  • The MJQ reserves the right to change the terms of use at any time with no prior notice to users of the Digital Court Office. The user understands that they are solely responsible for reviewing the terms of use periodically.
  • By continuing to access the Digital Court Office and clicking on “I accept the terms of use,” the user acknowledges being aware of and consenting to any changes to the terms of use.

Last updated : June 18, 2024

Acceptance of the terms of use

This service makes it possible to file certain pleadings digitally with the office of the Court of Québec or Superior Court.

In the “Automobile and driver’s licence” section, the service enables users, after completing an online form, to digitally file an application for a restricted licence, an application for release from seizure for a vehicle, or an application to lift suspension of a driver’s licence or the right to obtain one with the office of the Court of Québec. It also enables the filing of documents that accompany an online application, if applicable.

In the “Non-contentious proceeding” section, the service allows for the digital filing of a pleading, exhibit or other document with the office of the Superior Court for non-contentious applications in accordance with the inclusions and exclusions listed on the “Information about filings in non-contentious proceedings” page.

Before using the Lexius digital filing service, the user must read and accept the terms of use for filing pleadings, exhibits and other documents and paying judicial fees online.

  1. Using the Lexius digital filing service
  2. Access to the service’s “Non-contentious proceeding” section
  3. Permitted content use
  4. Payment of judicial fees and tariffs
  5. Changes and updates
  6. Acceptance of the terms of use

For the “Non-contentious proceeding” section, the provisions of the Regulation to establish a pilot project relating to digital transformation of the administration of justice take precedence over the terms of use in the event of a discrepancy.

1. Using the Lexius digital filing service

1.1 Service

The Ministère de la Justice (MJQ) makes the Lexius digital filing service available to users at all times subject to situations beyond its control and the exceptions set out in these terms of use.

The MJQ nevertheless reserves the right to restrict access to the Lexius digital filing service for the purpose of conducting technological infrastructure work. A notice will be posted on the Homepage to inform the user that such work is taking place.

For an optimal experience with the Lexius digital filing service, we recommend using one of the following browsers: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. We also recommend that users use the latest version of these browsers and make sure their operating system and web browser have the necessary updates and settings.

1.2 Timing of filing

Applications in the Automobile and driver’s licence section are processed on a priority basis during Court of Québec office hours within 24 hours (on business days) following their transmission, taking holidays into account.

Filings in the Non-contentious proceeding section are processed during Superior Court office hours within 24 to 48 hours (on business days) after they are sent, taking holidays into account. A filing can be identified as urgent if it relates to an application that is deemed urgent by law or by a court instruction.

Documents will be processed in accordance with Court of Québec and Superior Court laws and regulations.

An application filed through the Lexius digital filing service outside office hours is deemed filed at the time when the court office next opens.

The time zone indicated for the receipt of the digitally filed document is Eastern Time.

For example, if a user files a document for receipt by the office of the Superior Court at the Havre-Aubert courthouse in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, although the courthouse is in the Atlantic Time Zone (UTC-4), the time of receipt recorded on the document will be in Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) and not the local time at the courthouse.

2. Access to the service’s “Non-contentious proceeding” section

2.1 Who can use the Lexius digital filing service

To file a pleading, exhibit or any other document related to a non-contentious application, Lexius digital filing service users must identify themselves with a permanent code.

Only lawyers, notaries and court bailiffs can have a permanent code, and this code is required in order to use the Lexius digital filing service.

The Lexius digital filing service can also be used to file the recommendations of the Curateur public du Québec, but only if they are filed by the Curateur public du Québec’s lawyer or notary.

2.2 Filing in an existing court record file

Filings in an existing court record file are reserved solely for digital court record files opened after the filing of a non-contentious proceeding as of the date when the Lexius digital filing service for non-contentious proceedings became operational.

3. Permitted content use

3.1 Intellectual property rights

The user allows the MJQ and the Superior Court and Court of Québec offices to make copies of the documents filed electronically through the Lexius digital filing service and disclose them to the public via telecommunications for justice administration purposes.

This authorization is granted with no territorial or time limit.

The user must make sure to hold the necessary rights, including copyrights, for the filed documents. The user is solely responsible for the documents filed using the Lexius digital filing service.

3.2 Privacy policy

The MJQ is committed to protecting users’ privacy and personal information. We have taken important measures to safeguard personal information provided through the Lexius digital filing service.

The handling of personal information by a public body such as the MJQ is governed by the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information (CQLR, chapter A-2.1) (AIA).

Personal information means any identifying information concerning a natural person.

Personal information contained in public documents is not subject to the rules protecting personal information set out in the AIA.

3.2.1 Collection

The MJQ only collects the information it needs to perform its duties in the administration of justice.

3.2.2 Use

Personal information collected by a public body is used only for the purposes for which it was collected, subject to the exceptions set out in the AIA.

3.2.3 Disclosure

The confidential personal information collected is only disclosed to a third party with the consent of the person concerned or in accordance with the exceptions set out in the AIA.

3.2.4 Storage

The MJQ destroys personal information it has collected or used once its purpose has been fulfilled, subject to the Archives Act (CQLR, chapter A-21.1).

The information of the party identified in the filing form and the documents sent will be stored in accordance with the Archives Act.

3.3 Documents

3.3.1 Document format and size

Pleadings may only be filed as PDF files. Exhibits and supporting documents may be filed as PDF, PNG, GIF or JPEG files. Attachment file sizes must not exceed 100 MB for PDFs and 10 MB for JPEG, PNG and GIF files.

Multiple documents cannot be batched as one file. For example, users cannot file an originating application together with the exhibits or other pleadings or documents as one single file. However, exhibits can be filed with the same.

3.3.2 Precedence of the document

For matters covered by the “Non-contentious proceeding” section, If there is a discrepancy between the information in the filing form and the information in the document, the information in the document shall take precedence.

3.4 Limitation of liability

By using the Lexius digital filing service, users acknowledge that the MJQ is not liable for any costs, losses or damages they may incur:

a) because they did not comply with these terms of use; or

b) because they did not comply with the laws or regulations in effect in Québec.

3.5 Governing law

Use of the Lexius digital filing service is governed by the laws applicable in Québec. Any dispute arising from these terms of use shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Québec.

4. Payment of judicial fees and tariffs

4.1 Tariff of judicial fees

Applicable judicial fees are determined by the Tariff of judicial fees in civil matters (CQLR, chapter T-16, r. 10) in effect.

4.2 Payment of judicial fees

Users will be redirected to a secure platform to pay any judicial fees owing. No banking information is collected by the MJQ, the Superior Court or the Court of Québec.

Where applicable, judicial fees can be paid online at the time of filing or later using an invoice number sent by the court office. Payments can only be made with Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

5. Changes and updates

The Ministère de la Justice (MJQ) reserves the right to change or update these terms of use at any time and from time to time.

6. Acceptance of the terms of use

The user acknowledges and agrees with the following statements:

  • By accessing the website of the Lexius digital filing service and by clicking on “I accept the terms of use,” the user acknowledges having read and accepted the terms of use.
  • The MJQ reserves the right to change the terms of use at any time with no prior notice to users of the Lexius digital filing service. The user understands that they are solely responsible for reviewing the terms of use periodically.
  • By continuing to access the Lexius digital filing service and clicking on “I accept the terms of use,” the user acknowledges being aware of and consenting to any changes to the terms of use.