86. The several judges of the sessions as well as those who may replace them, as provided by section 85, shall be, by virtue of their office, justices of the peace for every district, with jurisdiction throughout Québec, and have all the rights and powers of one or two justices of the peace, as the case may be, even though not possessing the real estate qualification required by law from other justices of the peace.
They may moreover exercise their jurisdiction in penal matters coming under the authority of the Parliament of Canada or of the Legislature of Québec, as well as in criminal matters, in the whole extent of Québec, whether such jurisdiction be attributed to them as judges of the sessions or as judges of the sessions of the peace; and they shall possess, as to such matters, the powers, authority, rights and privileges conferred by law upon every judge of the Provincial Court of Québec, under any law of the Parliament of Canada or any law whatsoever.
In any prosecution brought under the Labour Code (chapter C-27), the judges of the sessions, notwithstanding section 118 of the said Code, may exercise all the powers given to a justice of the peace by the Summary Convictions Act (chapter P-15), but they shall neither hear nor adjudge the complaint or information.
R. S. 1964, c. 20, s. 77; 1965 (1st sess.), c. 17, s. 2; 1968, c. 9, s. 90; 1969, c. 19, s. 7.