MONTREAL, June 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Clinique juridique Juripop greatly appreciates the generosity and commitment of the Coalition des Humoristes Indignés (CHI) and of all the performers who will participate in fund-raising concerts aiming to facilitate access to justice, as well as the legal battle against Bill 78.
Along with the Barreau du Québec, the Union des artistes, student associations, unions, other community groups, and now the CHI, the Clinique juridique Juripop has denounced Bill 78, which it considers a blatant manifesto against the fundamental liberties of all the citizens of Quebec. "We have denounced both the spirit and the effects of Bill 78, which criminalizes the right to protest and also violates the fundamental freedoms protected under the Canadian and Quebec Charters, notably by denying three guarantees central to our free and democratic society: the freedoms of expression, of peaceful assembly and of association," explained Marc-Antoine Cloutier, General Director of Clinique juridique Juripop, whose lawyers represent the FECQ, the TaCeQ and the FEUQ in contesting of this law. The CLASSE is represented by Melançon, Marceau, Grenier, Sciortino.
The support of the CHI will therefore allow the student associations to wage this legal battle until the end, if necessary. Two requests have been filed: a request for a stay scheduled to be heard on June 12, and an application for declaration of invalidity which will be heard afterwards. "The fees which the student associations have to shoulder are considerable, given the nature of the action and the number of lawyers working on it, especially since the result could be appealed by either party," explains Mr. Cloutier.
Citizens wishing to make a donation may visit www.loi78.com.
The Clinique juridique Juripop
The Clinique juridique Juripop is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of promoting access to justice for all. It is also a social business with innovative projects of legal education. The organization has three sections: a section offering free or low cost legal consultations to citizens who are excluded from legal aid but cannot afford lawyer's fees; the Juripop Affaires section for not-for-profit organizations, independent workers and small businesses with low income; and the legal information section, which organizes projects addressing particular needs, such as a caravan against elder abuse, conferences in high schools, a pleading competition, and legal information booklets on various topics.
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