Class action filed on behalf of detainees in Nunavik for violation of constitutional rights
Kugler Kandestin is collaborating with Coupal Chauvelot in a class action proceeding against the Attorney General of Quebec for the systematic violation of detainees’ constitutional rights in Nunavik. This class action seeks compensation for individuals who were detained and denied the right to be brought before a judge within three clear days of their appearance to challenge their detention, otherwise known as a bail hearing. For decades, this right has been ignored and breached by the Government of Quebec due to its failure to ensure that bail hearings could take place in a timely fashion concerning detainees from Nunavik. Instead, detainees in Nunavik have been systematically forced to remain detained for periods in excess of 3 days and remain in custody during lengthy travel until they can be brought before a judge in the courthouse of Amos – all of which is in violation of the Criminal Code, the presumption of innocence, and the right not to be detained except in accordance with the law, among other fundamental rights and freedoms.
If you or someone you know was arrested and detained in Nunavik and denied the right to be brought before a judge for a bail hearing within three days, we encourage you to speak with one of the lawyers working on this file to inform you of your rights and whether you may be a member of the proposed class.
Your communications with us are free and will be kept strictly confidential.
We will continue to update this page as the case progresses.