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For more information about your rights and your children's rights in the current context, see the FAQs and resources on the page Your rights and COVID-19. Please note that all of our services continue to be offered online or by phone, even though all staff members are teleworking.

Your rights and COVID-19
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    Court representation

    If the Commission decides to represent you in court

    The Commission will accompany you throughout the legal process

    The lawyer handling your case:

    • sends you a copy of the Commission’s decision to represent you in court and a letter explaining the details
    • explains the various stages of the legal system that apply to your case and describes the legal issues at stake
    • makes sure you are properly prepared for the court hearing
    • represents you at the primary court (usually the Human Rights Tribunal), as well as at the Court of Appeal, if applicable.

    If the Commission accepts your complaint but decides not to represent you before the Human Rights Tribunal

    You may apply to the Tribunal yourself

    • You have 90 days from the date when you received the notification that the Commission had decided not to represent you.
    • You take your claim to the Tribunal at your own expense.
    • You can represent yourself or choose to have a lawyer represent you (at your own expense).
    • You may request a copy of the Commission’s file regarding your complaint.

    To learn more, or to find forms and guides: