Participatory justice

Participatory justice

Participatory justice is a concept of justice. It is a new approach complementing traditional justice and is being offered increasingly by lawyers in Quebec. It integrates the notions of law, sociology, psychology, philosophy and ethics.

Advantages and features:

  • It aims to prevent, mitigate, find solutions for or resolve conflicts by taking into account their life cycles and promoting a sense of justice.
  • It relies on the active and responsible participation of citizens.
  • Citizens involved in a participatory justice process will be able to choose both the extent to which they wish to be involved in the process and the means, from among several possible means, of resolving their conflict or problematic situation.
  • The means available vary based on the life cycle of the conflict or on the circumstances, interests and capacity of the persons or bodies involved.
  • Participatory justice applies to a wide range of situations, whether or not the case is before the courts.

To learn more, refer to the following Wikipedia page:

Round Table on Participatory Justice

The annual round table, organized by the Bar of Montreal, brings together some forty participants from the law faculties of Quebec universities, the bars of Quebec and Montreal, the Chambre des notaires, the federal and provincial ministries of justice, administrative tribunals, the judiciary, various professional associations, and other organizations.

This meeting gives all parties involved in the justice system an opportunity to exchange ideas to foster a new legal culture that includes participatory justice. Moreover, the synergy and cooperation between participants of this round table are a reflection of the very essence of participatory justice.

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Declaration of Principle on Participatory Justice
At the 7th round table on participatory justice, Quebec Justice Minister, Mtre Stéphanie Vallée, signed the Declaration of Principle on Participatory Justice, as did the Bâtonniers of the bars of Quebec and Montreal, as well as numerous courts of law and organizations.
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Liste des comportements à adopter pour une approche de justice participative
Outil développé par Me Miville Tremblay

Portrait de l’offre de formation en matière de justice participative dans les facultés de droit :

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