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Call for applications : Citizen Forum on the future of law and justice

Oct 30, 2020
From 9 AM to 11:45 AM

Location QCCanada
ContactNicolas Vazeille1 877 934-5999 poste 222
Call for applications : Citizen Forum on the future of law and justice

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Your participation in the Citizen Forum in short

Are you interested in law and justice? Do you want to have your say on the updating of laws and the modernization of courts in Quebec? If so, you have the right profile to participate in the Citizen Forum!

This event, organized by the Institut québécois de réforme du droit et de la justice (Quebec Law and Justice Reform Institute – IQRDJ), in collaboration with the INM and in partnership with Éducaloi, will be an opportunity for about sixty citizens to participate in an initial brainstorm on this vast project for Quebec.

The Citizen Forum will take place as a virtual meeting, on October 30, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. During this meeting, you will discuss with other citizens to identify themes that will help supply the Grand Assembly of Justice organized in winter 2021.


Eligibility & Criteria

To apply, candidates must:

  • be available on October 30, 2020;
  • be able, prior to the event, to:
    • read the online participation guide,
    • wach a pre-recorded panel of discussion, and
    • answer a digital survey one week before the event;
  • have an interest in issues about law and justice in Quebec.

No specific knowledge is otherwise required.

The Citizen Forum will take place online. You must therefore have access to a computer camera and a microphone to participate.


To Participate

  • Submit your application before October 11, 2020;
  • Read the online participation guide;
  • Watch a pre-recorded panel of discussion;
  • Answer a quick online survey before the Citizen Forum;
  • Take part in the virtual meeting on October 30, 2020.

To register for the Citizen Forum, complete the application form before October 11, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Number of participants: 60
Date of the Citizen Forum: Friday, October 30, 2020, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. 
Deadline to submit your application:
Sunday, October 11, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

 


Why holding a Citizen Forum?     

Founded in 2018, the Institut québécois de réforme du droit et de la justice (Quebec Law and Justice Reform Institute – IQRDJ) is an independent research organization. It works for the continuous adaptation and updating of the legislation and the judicial system to contemporary reality and for greater access for citizens to law and justice.

Is there a gap between the expectations of citizens and contemporary legal reality? Is it possible to think differently about the future of law and justice?

The IQRDJ wishes to conduct a collective brainstorm and deliberation that will eventually allow it to feed its research program and to suggest reforms in line with the needs, expectations and concerns of citizens in matters of law and justice.

The Citizen Forum will:

  • provide a forum for citizens to discuss the future of law and justice;
  • target topics that are worthy of further discussion, research or expertise;
  • bringing out priorities, and even consensus.

The IQRDJ is accompanied in this process by the INM, an independent and non-partisan non-profit organization based in Montreal. Its mission aims at promoting the participation of citizens in Quebec’s democratic life. The INM is responsible for organizing the call for applications from citizens, answering your questions, designing the activities, and writing an independent report. Discussions will be made smoother by Éducaloi, an organization dedicated to legal information and legal education.


To Participate in the Citizen Forum

Steps

Your participation in the Citizen Forum will take place in four steps:

  1. Read the online participation guide: starting on October 12, 2020;
  2. Watch a pre-recorded panel of discussion: October 2020;
  3. Answer a quick online survey: before October 20, 2020;
  4. Take part in the virtual Citizen Forum: October 30, 2020.


Step 1: Read the online participation guide 

This step will allow you to get ready for the Forum, by making you more familiar with topics about the future of law and justice. To do this, you will receive a link to the online participation guide with various topics for discussion.

 Participants must read the online participation guide starting on October 12, 2020, at their own pace and according to their availability.

 

Step 2: Watch a pre-recorded panel of discussion

Three experts will draw a picture on law and justice in Quebec today. This video will allow you to understand better some of the themes and some of the questions that will be addressed during the Citizen Forum. 

Participants must watch the pre-recorded panel of discussion sometime in October 2020, at their own pace and according to their availability.


Step 3: Answer a quick online survey

This step aims at allowing you to express your expectations regarding the future of law and justice, as well as regarding the Citizen Forum.

 We ask you to complete this short online survey by October 20, 2020. Your participation in the survey is necessary for the organization of the Forum.

 

Step 4: Take part in the virtual Citizen Forum on October 30, 2020

Une fois réalisé cette phase préparatoire, vous serez prêt à participer à une rencontre en ligne entourant le droit et la justice avec d’autres citoyennes et citoyens.

The Citizen Forum will take place online on October 30, 2020,
from 9 to 11:45 a.m.
 


Dates to remember

  • October 11, 2020, at 11:59 p.m: end of the application period
  • Week of October 12, 2020: selection and confirmation of participants for the Citizen Forum
  • October 2020: release of the online participation guide and of the pre-recorded panel of discussion
  • October 20, 2020: deadline to complete online survey 
  • October 30, 2020: online Citizen Forum from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Does this project appeal to you?

Fill out the application form by Sunday 11 October 2020 at 11:59 p.m.


Recruitment of participants    

Eligibility criteria

To take part in the Citizen Forum, you must:

  • be 18 years old or above;
  • be able to express yourself and read in French and/or English;
  • fill out the call for application, no later than October 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.;
  • have an interest in legal and justice issues in Quebec;
  • be able to project yourself beyond individual interests and to participate in a relection on collective interests;
  • have access to a computer with a camera, a microphone, and an internet connection.

You must not:

  • work in the field of law or justice (lawyer, judge, notary, clerk, bailiff, paralegal, police, legal assistant, probation officer) be an elected person or have professional ties to a political party;
  • be currently studying law or have studied law.

Analysis of files and diversity criteria

The selection process will take place in two phases. The first phase is to assess each of the applications with the eligibility criteria. The second phase will consist of choosing, from the different profiles, a group of sixty people who meet criteria of representativeness and diversity.

All those who have applied will be contacted by October 19, 2020. 


F.A.Q.

1. Do I have to take part in this event? 
Participation in the Citizen Forum is voluntary. Those who are not available or who do not wish to apply are under no obligation to do so.

2. I am not a specialist in legal and justice issues. Should I apply anyway? 
Of course! You do not need to have knowledge of legal and justice issues. It is your status as a citizen that appeals to us above all and your interest in law and justice. Information, through texts and videos, will be shared with, and a pre-recorded panel of discussion will give you a better understanding of various issues. 

3. I would like to participate, but I don’t have time to prepare. What do you recommend I do? 
Little preparation is required, other than carefully reading the online participation guide, viewing the pre-recorded panel of discussion and responding to an online survey. 

4. I don’t like speaking in public, should I participate? 
Absolutely! The Citizen Forum will bring you to discuss in small groups. The facilitation team also uses various techniques to encourage everyone to participate. At no time will you be required to speak in public.

If you have any question, reach out to Nicolas Vazeille by email at the following address: nicolas.vazeille@inm.qc.ca or by phone at 1 877 934-5999, extension 222.

 


About the IQRDJ

Founded in 2018, the Quebec Law and Justice Reform Institute (Institut québécois de réforme du droit et de la justice – IQRDJ) is an independent research organization. It works for the continuous adaptation and updating of the legislation and the judicial system to contemporary reality and for greater access for citizens to law and justice.

The IQRDJ is funded in a way that ensures the autonomy and independence of its research. It mobilizes skills from all law schools in Quebec, or in other areas of knowledge, and places great emphasis on the expertise of practitioners. The interdisciplinary and comparative nature of its activities broadens the aims of legal research.
Its research documents the major orientations likely to serve as the basis of future legislation. Collaborating with organizations fulfilling the same mission across Canada and abroad, the Institute is particularly interested in the harmonization of laws, enlightened by the perspective of Quebec’s legal tradition. 

The Institute gives key importance to public consultation, whenever its work requires a better understanding of social expectations in matters of law and justice. Its work is carried out in accordance with the rules of ethics in research. The Institute maintains permanent relations with all segments of the legal world and civil society, to ensure the social relevance of its work.


About the INM

The Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) is an independent and non-partisan non-profit organization based in Montreal. Its mission aims at promoting the participation of citizens in Quebec’s democratic life.

Through its action, the INM encourages citizen participation, and contributes to the development of civic literacy, to the strengthening of social bonds, and to the advocacy of democratic institutions. The team behind the INM is driven by the belief that citizen participation bolsters democracy. 


About Éducaloi

Éducaloi is a charitable organization that has played a leading role in improving access to justice since it was founded in 2000. Its core mission is to explain to Quebecers the law, their rights, and their responsibilities. To do this, Éducaloi has three main areas of focus: legal information, legal education, and the development of expertise in clear legal communication. 


Collection and Use of Personal Information

The personal information you provide using this form is necessary for you to register for the call for applications. This information is confidential under the Act respecting access to information held by public bodies and the protection of personal information (CQLR chapter A-2.1). It will only be accessible to persons authorized by the IQRDJ and the INM for the realization of the Citizen Forum. All information collected is mandatory unless otherwise specified.