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Separation and divorce

How is the final hearing conducted?

The final hearing, also referred to as the “trial,” is generally  the last stage of the judicial process before you obtain your final judgment. Here’s a step-by-step look at what you need to know about the process.

1) Entrance of the judge and introduction of the parties

The hearing begins when the clerk announces the judge’s arrival. Everyone in the courtroom must be silent and stand when the judge enters the room and then sit down when instructed to do so by the clerk.

The clerk then asks the parties – that is, you and your ex – to state their names. If you’re represented by a lawyer, the lawyer will do it, but if not, it’s up to you. If other people are involved in your case – if your child has a lawyer, for example – they must also state their name.


Virtual hearings

The rules are the same for videoconferences, although some adaptations have to be made. For example, you have to keep your microphone off when you aren’t speaking, and you can remain seated throughout the entire hearing.

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Getting ready for a virtual hearing – French only (Superior Court of Quebec)

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Preparing to testify at a virtual hearing – French only (Superior Court of Quebec)

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Guidelines for using technology during hearings – French only (Superior Court of Quebec)

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Microsoft Teams User Guide (Gouvernement du Québec)


The information presented on this page is not a legal opinion or legal advice. This page explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. To obtain a legal opinion or legal advice on your personal situation, consult a legal professional.

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