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Commission/ Merite Award

Merit Award


Winners 2016

On November 3, 2016, Me Yvan Niquette, Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques (CSJ), proudly presented the 2016 Merit Award in Longueuil.

This year, the award was presented to Me Denis Roy for his commitment to defending the most disadvantaged members of our society, his contribution towards greater access to justice and his twelve-year involvement as Chairman of the CSJ. 

Under his governance, access to free legal aid was matched to the minimum wage. Moreover, during his time at the helm of the CSJ, the Legal Aid Act was amended and became An Act respecting legal aid and the provision of certain other legal services. Indeed, in 2010, the CSJ was given responsibility for providing services to those persons who, pursuant to a court order, are entitled to the services of a State-remunerated lawyer and to persons who have had a lawyer appointed to them by a court order made pursuant to the Criminal Code. The CSJ was also given the task of establishing the Service administratif de rajustement des pensions alimentaires pour enfants (SARPA) [child support recalculation service] and of offering the services provided for in An Act to promote access to justice in family matters, that is, the Homologation Assistance Service (HAS). Both of these services are available to parents who are financially eligible for legal aid as well as to parents who do not qualify for legal aid. 

Me Yvan Niquette, Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques, awarded the prize.


Me Denis Roy

Photo: Martin Laprise
From left to right : Me Denis Roy et Me Yvan Niquette
Me Roy was Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques from 2004 to 2016. He earned his law degree in 1977 from the Université de Sherbrooke. During his studies, he already had the desire to practise his future profession within the legal aid system and to help those less fortunate within our society assert their rights. He was admitted to the Québec Bar the following year and began practising law at the Eastern Townships Community Legal Centre, subsequently moving to the Québec City Community Legal Centre. His interest in political matters was a guiding force throughout his career. Over the years, he put his activities within the legal aid network on hold in order to act as director of parliamentary affairs in the cabinet of the premier of Québec and as political adviser to the federal and provincial governments. 

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