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Nov 14, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada decision: Exception to Monopoly


The Supreme Court of Canada released the following decision:

Barreau du Québec v. Quebec (Attorney General), 2017 SCC 56, File no. 37034

(Administrative law — Boards and tribunals — Procedure — Representation by advocate — Statutory provisions establishing exception to monopoly on practice of advocates for certain proceedings under Act respecting administrative justice — Written proceedings prepared, drawn up, signed and filed by person who was not advocate in name of Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity for cases before social affairs division of Administrative Tribunal of Québec — Whether Minister’s right “to be represented by the person of his . . . choice” encompasses both oral and written representation — Act respecting administrative justice, CQLR, c. J‑3, s. 102 — Act respecting the Barreau du Québec, CQLR, c. B‑1, ss. 128(2)(a)(5), 129(b).)
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