The Municipal Court of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais is a court of first instance with jurisdiction in penal and civil matters on the territory of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, the Papineau MRC and the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau MRC.
The Municipal Court administers the statements of offence issued by the Sûreté du Québec of the Papineau MRC and the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau MRC, notably for offences :
- the Highway Safety Code (speeding, stops, etc.);
- Municipal by-laws (zoning, noise, urban planning, fire, environment, etc.).
The majority of Municipal Court sittings are held at the Head Office located at 216 Old Chelsea Road in Chelsea, Quebec.
Some sessions are also held at the following locations:
- Municipal Building located at 188 Jeanne d’Arc Street, Papineauville, Quebec;
- Maniwaki Courthouse located at 266 Notre-Dame Street, Maniwaki, Quebec.
Learn more about the jurisdiction and history of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais Court
Jurisdiction and history
As early as 1997, the jurisdiction of the court extends over the entire territory of the municipalities that form the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais.
Then, in 2007, the Court began to administer the statements of offence issued by the Sûreté du Québec in the MRC of Papineau and in the municipalities of Low, Kazabazua and Lac-Sainte-Marie.
Since 2016, the Municipal Court also administers statements of offence issued by the Sûreté du Québec of the MRC de la Vallée-de-la-Gatineau.
In penal matters, the Court receives and hears complaints filed under the following municipal by-laws adopted by the municipalities it serves: traffic and parking, peace and good order, noise, nuisances, alarm systems, animals and urban planning.
In addition, the Court receives and hears complaints under certain provincial statutes such as the Highway Safety Code and the Off-Road Vehicle Act.
The Court’s jurisdiction allows it to deal with cases of both minor offenders and those who have reached the age of maturity.
In civil matters, the Court hears appeals for the recovery of municipal taxes, permit and license costs, and other claims relating to by-laws affecting the rates of municipalities served.
The Honourable Justice Slobodan Delev presides over the Court’s sittings. Mr. Olivier Gosselin and his team acted as counsel for the prosecution.
BEHAVIOR AND DECORUM AT COURT
During a trial, you must follow certain rules of conduct at all times.
If you do not follow them, the case may be postponed to another date.
- Infants and young children under 12 are not allowed in the courtroom;
- You must be polite to the judge and to anyone you speak to;
- You must be dressed neatly and soberly:
- No hats, caps or sunglasses, no matter if they are on your head or hanging from your shirt,
- No oversized, clinking or clanking jewelry;
- No plunging necklines, no camisoles;
- No ragged, slashed or torn clothing;
- No clothing with an emblem or text.
- You must turn off your cell phone. Vibration mode is not accepted;
- You must avoid talking when you are not allowed to speak;
- You must adopt a proper sitting position and not slouch on the chairs;
- You are not allowed to use phones, cameras, recording devices or other similar devices;
- You may not eat, drink, or chew gum.