The mission of the Barreau

The Barreau du Québec's main mission is to protect the public in dealing with a lawyer. In other words, the Barreau ensures the competence of those who want to become lawyers or who already are. It is mandatory to be a member of the Barreau du Québec in order to practise law.

We can help you if you have any doubts about a lawyer's conduct or if you want to check whether a lawyer has already had complaints filed against him, for example. However, we can't respond to questions of a legal nature. It is up to our members to do so, on an individual basis.

The Barreau du Québec is the professional order that oversees the 25,000 or so lawyers in Québec. In order to fulfill its mission of protecting the public, the Barreau maximizes the bonds of trust between lawyers, the public and the government. To do so, the Barreau monitors the practice of the profession, promotes the rule of law (whereby everyone is equal before the law), enhances the status of the profession and supports its members in practising law.

Since 2006, the Barreau du Québec has been actively promoting dispute prevention and resolution processes (participatory justice), which are given more and more consideration in the new Code of Civil Procedure that came into effect on January 1, 2016.

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