Understanding the content of dockets:
In Québec, any individual can gain access to the dockets concerning a civil or criminal case. Such information is public. The information available in dockets is dry and fragmentary. Even today, dockets are consulted essentially by law professionals, people working in administration of justice and people checking criminal records. However, in a context where the number of self-represented parties is constantly increasing and they inevitably have to consult dockets, should we be concerned about their understanding of the information that is made available? The twofold goal of the project is to evaluate the average understanding of individuals and law professionals of the right to read dockets, and to suggest improvements to foster understanding and the clarity of such legal documents.
Director of ADAJ
Centre de recherche en droit public Faculté de droit Université de Montréal