3. During the year that precedes the end of the Director’s term or as soon as the office becomes vacant, the Minister publishes a notice inviting the members of Québec’s legal community to apply for the office of Director or to propose the name of a person they consider qualified to hold that office, in accordance with the procedure the Minister determines.
The Minister also forms a selection committee. The committee is made up of the Deputy Minister of Justice and four other members including an advocate recommended by the Bâtonnier of the Province of Québec, a professor of law recommended by the deans of Québec’s law faculties, a person recommended by bodies representing the municipal sector and a person chosen by the Minister from among persons active in support organizations for persons who are victims of criminal offences.
The committee promptly evaluates the candidates’ aptitude on the basis of their knowledge, particularly in criminal and penal law, their experience and their qualifications, according to the criteria determined by government regulation. Without delay, the committee presents to the Minister a report in which it lists the candidates it has met whom it considers qualified to hold the office of Director. All information and documents regarding the candidates and the proceedings of the committee are confidential.
If, once the evaluation is concluded, fewer than two candidates are considered qualified to hold the office of Director, the Minister must publish a new invitation for applications.
The members of the committee receive no remuneration except in the cases and on the conditions that may be determined by the Government. They are, however, entitled to the reimbursement of expenses to the extent determined by the Government.
2005, c. 34, s. 3; 2019, c. 62019, c. 6, s. 131; 2021, c. 132021, c. 13, s. 1441.