Law directorates

Aboriginal Law

The Aboriginal Law Directorate represents the government in civil proceedings originating in Quebec and involving Aboriginal Law issues. This Directorate is responsible for, in particular, proceedings relating to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, claims to Aboriginal titles and rights and cases raising issues relating to the administration of the Indian Act. The Directorate is also responsible for representing the Government of Canada in residential school cases in Quebec. Its legal advisors work out of the Ottawa office.

Commercial Law

The Commercial Law Directorate provides advisory and litigation services to twenty or so federal departments and agencies whose mandate includes a commercial component. Counsel within the Directorate conduct civil litigation in areas as varied as Crown liability, contracts, administrative law, constitutional law, bankruptcy and insolvency. Notaries within the Directorate are responsible, in particular, for the conduct of all real estate law cases involving the Federal Government in Quebec. The Directorate has legal counsel in Montréal and Ottawa.

Immigration Law

The Immigration Law Directorate represents the government in proceedings concerning the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Citizenship Act, their regulations, and any other area of interest to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. Its jurists appear before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Legal advisors prepare legal opinions pertaining to Immigration Law and any other subject of interest to the Department and the Agency, including Labour Law. Its legal advisors work out of the Montréal office.

Tax Law

The Tax Litigation Directorate represents the Minister of National Revenue before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada and Quebec courts of law. It also prepares legal opinions on tax matters. For the most part, its legal services are intended for the Canada Revenue Agency. More recently, the Directorate handles matters from the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board. The Directorate has legal advisors in Montréal and Ottawa.

Regulatory Law

The Regulatory Law Directorate is responsible for the conduct of proceedings involving some 20 federal departments and agencies in Quebec. Its legal services are more specifically specialized in the areas of corrections, employment insurance, customs and excise, environment, labour law, health and civil liability. Also, a team of prosecutors is specifically in charge of proceedings in matters of extradition and international assistance. Counsels within the Directorate represent client departments and agencies before federal tribunals and other courts of law. Its legal advisors work out of the Montréal and Ottawa offices.

The Senior Regional Director’s Office

The five law directorates that make up the Quebec Regional Office of the Department of Justice report to the Senior Regional Director, who is supported by an Associate Senior Regional Director. The Senior Regional Director’s Office includes professional support, strategic planning and communications services. In addition, a range of specialized services in human, financial and administrative resources and information and technology management support the law directorates and the Office of the Senior Regional Director in carrying out their mandate and activities.

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