As the director of Élections Québec, the Chief Electoral Officer acts as a public prosecutor, meaning he or she can put on trial anyone who violates the electoral laws. To ensure transparency and provide access to information, some data on these legal proceedings are now available on the Élections Québec website under Legal records. For example, you can search to find out if someone involved in an election is or has ever been the subject of a lawsuit for an electoral offence.
Updated daily, the legal records include:
- summary information on the statements of offence issued by the Chief Electoral Officer at the provincial, municipal and school levels;
- the recorded pleas made by defendants;
- the court decisions, where appropriate.
It is possible to search using the exact name of a person, business, association, etc. You can also search using the number of the statement of offence or court file when necessary.