Kugler Kandestin files class action against the City of Gatineau for incarcerating unhoused persons for unpaid fines
Kugler Kandestin and JFB Avocats Criminalistes Inc. have filed an application for authorization to institute a class action in the Superior Court of Québec on behalf of unhoused persons who were incarcerated at the request of the City of Gatineau for unpaid fines.
Since June 5, 2020, the Code of Penal Procedure prohibits the incarceration of people with unpaid fines if they have do not have the means to pay those fines. The application for authorization alleges that, despite this prohibition, the City of Gatineau routinely seeks and obtains terms of imprisonment for these individuals. This class action claims compensatory and punitive damages from the City for the illegal imprisonment of class members.
If, at any time since June 5, 2020, you were unhoused and served all or part of a term of imprisonment for unpaid fines, we encourage you to speak with one of the lawyers below:
|William Colish||Eva Richard||Emily Painter|
Your communications with us are free and will be kept strictly confidential.
We will continue to update this page as the case progresses.
To see our active class actions and those that we have been involved in, please click on the boxes below.
- Ongoing Cases
Philip (Hart) Baugniet (F.A.C.E. School and Victoria School)
François Lamarre (Hockey Coach)
Les Soeurs de la Charité and the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale
Brothers of Sacred Heart (across Québec)
Brothers of Sacred Heart at Collège Mont Sacré-Coeur
"Servites de Marie" and Collège Notre-Dame des Servites (Ayer's Cliff)
Marist Brothers (across Quebec)
Attorney General of Quebec (Right of detainees to bail review)
Attorney General of Quebec (Nunavik detainees)
Attorney General of Quebec (Nunavik youth)
City of Gatineau (incarcerating unhoused persons for unpaid fines)
Minister of Indigenous Services Canada
Québec City (right of detainees to appear within 24 hours)
- Resolved Cases