With 150 years of history, the Saint-François Bar is one of the oldest associations of lawyers in Quebec. Active and innovative since its earliest beginnings – one owes it in particular the report opposing the compulsory mediation in family matter -, the circle of professionals of the law still refuses today to remain coi. " The debates going and gets involved ," joked proudly Bâtonnièrepresent, e  Danielle Houle .

No question, therefore, to watch the train pass. " When I see what is happening elsewhere in the province: the judges who miss, the unacceptable delays with which people are taken, I see how much we are pampered in our section, and it gives me even more the taste to work for things to change. "

The batoniere of Saint-François, Danielle Houle 
The batoniere of Saint-François, Danielle Houle

The section of Saint-François does indeed look good in terms of judicial functioning. With 10 justices in the Court of Québec and six judges in the Superior Court, plus two supernumerary judges, the section manages to succeed. " The Sherbrooke courthouse works very well. of court time, the time of hearing is not ideal, of course, but it does not have anything to do with what can be lived elsewhere in the province ", notes the representative of the lawyers of Saint-François.

Even the sharing judges in place with sections of Arthabaska and Bedford, in particular, does not seem to cause serious problems, the M words e  Houle. " I know that sharing judges disgusts a lot of lawyers who practice elsewhere, but sincerely, in our section, the thing is pretty good.It must be said that we have a very good chance to have resident judges. Listening to the stories my colleagues tell me, I see that it changes everything. "

Waiting list

A shadow on the board? The long wait times that persist in civil law. " For a long-term civil case in the Superior Court, waiting times can easily be three or four years, which is obviously unacceptable, we have been lobbying politically and we hope to obtain the confirmation of a judge's position. We have every reason to believe that it is coming, and we have already been loaned a judge from Montreal to try to alleviate the problem, "says the bartender.

Keep an eye

If things are going relatively well, the representatives of Saint-François remain however on their guard. In fact, in order to avoid minor problems, the section relies on various watch committees. " We have a family room committee, another that deals with civil affairs, one for the Youth Chamber and one for criminal and penal matters," says Danielle Houle.For each of these areas, specialist lawyers have agreed to sit on a voluntary basis. They see good management with the coordinating judges. They work to improve things and find solutions when even small irritants occur in one area or the other. It helps to ensure the quality of the services offered to litigants. And it works, because, so far, we have a good ear among the coordinating judges. "

Have a voice

Not only do the members of the various committees take an interest in the local functioning of the judicial system, but they also pay particular attention to the legislation adopted by both levels of government. The analyzes carried out are used to feed the consultations conducted by the Barreau du Québec. "When the Law Society asks us about our position or our reactions to this or that bill, we are ready, we have an opinion and we can influence the debate," says the bâtonnière.

Take his place at the Barreau du Québec

Better still, the representative of Saint-François lawyers does not hide the fact that she strongly encourages the participation of lawyers from her territory to the various bodies of the Barreau du Québec. "We are present in different committees, and I think it's very important, if we want things to change, we can not stand idly by, we have to be active, it's a tradition in our section. , to take part in the debate, and I am glad to see it continue. "

According to Danielle Houle, the issue of continuing education and judicial fees are the two most important issues of the day. The issues she intends to follow closely.In the context of the commitment so valued is the desire, stronger than anything, to see the lawyers " perform " and represent their profession worthily. To support the professional development of its members, the section places a great deal of emphasis on continuing education. Each year, a large number of courses are offered on the territory. " Since always , explains Danielle Houle,we have strived for excellence in our lawyers. We want lawyers who serve their clients well, who are proud of their work, who want to improve and go further. It serves everyone, starting with the litigants. "

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