CHAPTER I
PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL DIVISIONS OF THE COURT


DIVISION I
OFFICE OF THE COURT, REGISTERS AND FILES

The registers, indexes and files required for the purposes of the Code of Civil Procedure, the Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46) and the Code of Penal Procedure (R.S.Q., c. C-25.1), and those imposed by special Acts, shall be held in the office of the court in accordance with the directives of the chief judge.

The registers, indexes and files required for the purposes of the Youth Protection Act (R.S.Q., c. P-34.1) and the provisions on adoption contained in the Civil Code shall be held in the office of the court in accordance with the directives of the chief judge and in the manner set out in Schedule I.

The office of the court is open on juridical days from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and any other day on which a criminal court sits.
Any person may have access to the records, registers and files of the court during the business hours of the office of the court.

The rules governing the consultation of records and their withdrawal from the office of the court are set out in provisions that are specific to each division of the court and stipulated in this Regulation.


DIVISION II
ORDER, DRESS CODE AND DECORUM DURING COURT HEARINGS

Court hearings begin at 9:30 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m., unless otherwise indicated by the judge presiding over the hearing.

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In the Civil Division, for cases contested on the merits and in the Small Claims Division, in the Criminal and Penal Division for all proof and hearings, and at all times in the Youth Division, the judge shall wear a robe.

For these cases, no attorney shall be authorized to address the court unless wearing either a black robe, long-sleeved black vest and dark trousers with a white shirt, collar and bands, or a black robe, closed in front, with a raised neck opening, long sleeves and white bands.

In lieu of the foregoing, female attorneys may wear a black robe and white bands with a black long-sleeved dress, or a dark skirt or trousers and a white long-sleeved blouse.

7. In the Civil Division, for cases contested on the merits, in the Criminal and Penal Division for all proof and hearings, and at all times in the Youth Division, no articled student shall be authorized to address the court unless wearing either a black robe, with a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie, or a black robe closed in front with a raised neck opening and long sleeves.

In lieu of the foregoing, a female articled student may wear a black robe with a dark skirt or trousers and a white long-sleeved blouse or dark clothing.
In matters where the robe is not required to be worn, attorneys and articled students shall wear dark trousers, vest, shirt and tie, and female attorneys and articled students shall wear a dark skirt or trousers with a blouse and vest or a dark dress.
During the hearings of the court, the clerks, court bailiffs and other officers of the court shall at all times wear one of the attires described in section 7.
The persons present at the hearing shall rise when the judge enters the room and remain standing until the judge is seated.
At the time the hearing opens, the court bailiff or clerk shall say aloud: “Silence. Please rise. The Court of Québec, presided over by the Honourable … is now in session.”
Once the judge is seated, the court bailiff or clerk shall ask those present to be seated.
When the judge leaves his seat, the court bailiff or clerk shall ask those present to rise, and no one shall leave their seat until the judge has left the room.
Anything that interferes with the decorum and good order of the court is prohibited.
The following, among other things, is prohibited: reading of newspapers, practice of photography or cinematography, making of audio or video recordings, radio broadcasting, television broadcasting, and the use of pagers and cellular telephones in a resonant mode.
Except in the Youth Division, audio recordings made by the media of the arguments and decision are authorized unless the judge decides otherwise; however, the broadcasting of such recordings is prohibited.
Any person appearing before the court must be suitably dressed.
Any person who addresses the court or a witness must, unless the judge permits otherwise, rise and remain standing.
During the hearing, no person shall enter into discussion with anyone else, address the clerk or consult a record, unless the judge permits otherwise.
In the Criminal and Penal Division, the accused must remain in the prisoners’ dock throughout the proof or trial unless the judge permits otherwise. The accused shall rise and remain standing during the reading of the accusation and the pronouncement of the judgment or the sentence.


DIVISION III
SECURITY IN THE COURTROOMS

During the hearing, the security of the persons present and the responsibility for the persons for whom detention has been ordered are ensured by a security officer or a constable, according to the terms and conditions agreed upon with the Ministère de la Sécurité publique.


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