MONTREAL, Nov. 9, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - On November 8, 2012, Me Denis Roy, Chairman of the Commission des services juridiques, proudly
presented the 2012 Robert-Sauvé Awards in Laval, in the presence of the
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec, Me Bertrand St-Arnaud. The awards were created in order to recognize the
exceptional contribution of individuals to promoting the rights of the
less fortunate. The prize is named after the founding chairman of legal
aid in Québec, Robert Sauvé, who was Chairman of the Commission des
services juridiques from 1972 to 1977. Each year, one award is
presented to a person from within the legal aid network and another to
a member of the general public.
This year, the winner in the Legal Aid Network category was Mr. Jules Barrière for his efforts in promoting the rights of the disadvantaged, including
as Director General of the Outaouais Community Legal Centre. The 2012
award in the General Public category was conferred upon Mr. André Laurin for his efforts in promoting social justice and, in particular, ensuring
that the rights of Québec consumers are recognized, regardless of
income or social status.
Jules Barrière, who retired as judge of the Court of Québec for the
judicial district of Hull in February 2009, devoted the majority of his
professional life to helping the most disadvantaged individuals within
our society. He began the practice of law in 1961 in the city of Hull.
While in private practice, he participated in designing the model used
for Québec's legal aid system by working with its founding chairman.
From the moment the Legal Aid Service of the Hull Bar Association was
established, he joined its ranks. In 1972, when the legal aid network
was created, he became the first Director General appointed to head the
Outaouais Community Legal Centre. He sat on the negotiating committee
that forged a reciprocity agreement between the legal aid plans of
Canada's provinces and territories, thereby ensuring that residents
most in need of help would have access to legal services.
From the outset of his career in the public sector at the Confédération
des syndicats nationaux, André Laurin took a keen interest in the issue
of employee indebtedness, to such an extent that his initiatives led to
the creation of the cooperative associations for family economics,
better known as ACEF. Moreover, he was a legal aid pioneer in Québec,
becoming the first chairman of the board of directors of the Québec
City Community Legal Centre, a position he held from 1973 to 1977.
Mr. Laurin was also the first recipient of the award conferred by the
Office de la protection du consommateur in 2003 and was awarded the
Prix de la justice du Québec in 2009.
About the Commission des services juridiques
The Commission des services juridiques is the agency charged with
applying the Act respecting legal aid and the provision of certain other legal
services in Québec. Legal aid may be granted to anyone who is financially
eligible, in order to cover various legal services involving civil,
family, administrative, criminal, mental health or youth law matters.
The Commission des services juridiques will also be the agency charged
with overseeing the services offered as of 2013 under the Act to promote access to justice through the establishment of the
Service administratif de rajustement des pensions alimentaires pour
For more information, please visit the website of the Commission des
services juridiques at: http://www.csj.qc.ca/.
Image with caption: "Me Bertrand St-Arnaud, Minister of Justice of Québec, Mrs Bernadette Barrière, spouse of the recipient of the Robert-Sauvé - Network award, Me Catherine Barrière-Gratton, granddaughter of M. Jules Barrière, M. André Laurin, recipient of the Robert-Sauvé - General Public award and Me Denis Roy, chairman of the Commission des services juridiques. (CNW Group/Commission des services juridiques)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121109_C6589_PHOTO_EN_20427.jpg
SOURCE: Commission des services juridiques
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