Opening of the temporary courthouse in Roberval

Opening of the temporary courthouse in Roberval

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A temporary courthouse opened its doors on Monday in the Plaza de Roberval, replacing the courthouse that burned down in May 2021.

The temporary courthouse, which will replace the service counter set up after the fire, will provide most court services. Three courtrooms, an interview room, a registry office and the CAVAC will be available.

“For assize trials, those that require juries, there is no room here, we'll have to wait for the new courthouse,” however indicated Me Jean-Philippe Gagnon, from legal aid.

This is one less headache for lawyers who will not have more to travel to other courthouses in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. “Forty-five, fifty minutes to go to Alma is not enough time to work on our cases,” argued Me Denis Otis, defense lawyer.

For the prosecutors of the Crown is also an advantage. “For the documents, it was complicated, and for the return of the files, very difficult too”, confirmed the Crown prosecutor, Me Marie-Philippe Charron.

The activities will be in the Plaza Roberval until the end of the work at the courthouse which was engulfed in flames.