C-25.01, r. 0.7 - Regulation respecting family mediation

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chapter C-25.01, r. 0.7
Regulation respecting family mediation
CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE — FAMILY MEDIATION
Code of Civil Procedure
(chapter C-25.01, art. 619).
C-25.01
September 1 2012
The former alphanumerical designation of this Regulation was: chapter C-25, r. 9.
DIVISION I
CONDITIONS FOR CERTIFICATION
1. To be certified, an applicant shall
(1)  be a member of the Barreau du Québec, the Chambre des notaires du Québec, the Ordre professionnel des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec, the Ordre des psychologues du Québec or the Ordre professionnel des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec, or be an employee of an institution operating a child and youth protection centre within the meaning of the Act respecting health services and social services (c. S-4.2) and, in the latter case, meet the conditions required to be eligible for one of the above-mentioned professional orders;
(2)  have taken a 60-hour basic training course in family mediation in the 5 years preceding the application;
(3)  have 3 years’ experience in one of the fields of competence referred to in paragraph 1; and
(4)  undertake to carry out, within 2 years of certification, 10 family mediation mandates under the supervision of a certified mediator who has carried out 40 family mediation mandates, and to receive, within the same time period, 45 hours of complementary training in family mediation, to be completed after certification.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 1; O.C. 459-96, s. 1; O.C. 499-98, s. 1; O.C. 905-99, s. 1; O.C. 1117-2000, s. 1.
2. For the purposes of section 1, the basic training shall pertain to each of the following subjects related to separation, divorce or annulment of marriage and include:
(1)  at least 15 hours on the economic, legal and fiscal aspects (particularly the determination of child support and the partition of family patrimony and other patrimonial rights resulting from the marriage or civil union or, for de facto spouses, the settlement of any common property interest. However, the requirement for a mediator whose academic training is in law is 6 hours;
(2)  at least 15 hours on the psychological and psychosocial aspects, including 3 hours to promote awareness regarding living conditions after a break-up. However, the requirement for a mediator whose academic training is in psychology or a psychosocial field is 6 hours;
(3)  at least 24 hours on the mediation process (particularly ethics) and negotiation (particularly obstacles to negotiation and the balance of forces between the parties);
(4)  at least 6 hours to promote awareness regarding domestic violence, particularly spousal abuse.
The complementary training shall deal in greater depth with the same subjects as the basic training course and shall include:
(1)  15 hours on the mediation process and negotiation;
(2)  30 hours on subjects complementary to the applicant’s academic training, that is, on the economic, legal and fiscal aspects if the mediator’s academic training is in psychology or a psychosocial field, or on the psychological or psychosocial aspects if the mediator’s academic training is in law.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 2; O.C. 1117-2000, s. 1.
3. From among the 10 mediation mandates prescribed in paragraph 4 of section 1, 5 must end by an agreement on all issues included in the mediator’s mandate; furthermore, they must give the mediator the opportunity to deal at least twice with each of the 4 following issues: custody of the children, access to the children, the support due to the spouse or children and partition of the family patrimony and of other patrimonial rights resulting from the marriage or civil union or, in the case of de facto spouses, the settlement of any common property interests.
For the purposes of the undertaking prescribed in that paragraph, supervision must be exercised as follows:
(1)  as regards 2 comprehensive mediation mandates (4 issues, including the partition of the family patrimony and of other patrimonial rights resulting from the marriage or civil union), there must be at least 4 supervision sessions during each mandate;
(2)  as regards 3 other mediation mandates, there must be at least 3 supervision sessions during each mandate; and
(3)  as regards the other mediation mandates, there must be at least 1 supervision session during each mandate.
A mediator may not carry out a mediation mandate without being supervised in accordance with this section, until the undertaking requirements have been complied with.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 3; O.C. 905-99, s. 2; O.C. 1117-2000, s. 2.
4. An application for certification must be submitted to the professional order of which the applicant is a member or, if he is employed by an institution operating a child and youth protection centre to fulfil the function of mediator, to the board of directors of that centre.
The application shall mention the name of the mediator who will supervise the first mediation mandate, be accompanied with fees of $65 for its examination and with the required vouchers and be supported by an affidavit.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 4; O.C. 1117-2000, s. 3.
4.1. A certifier shall extend the 2-year period within which the mediator must comply with the conditions of his undertaking, if the mediator applies therefor and demonstrates that he was unable to comply with that undertaking for reasons related, in particular, to illness, an accident, pregnancy, parental leave, absence from Québec or a change of career. The application shall include fees of $65 for its examination and the required vouchers and be supported by an affidavit. An extension shall be granted for a period of time equal to the time in the 2-year period during which the mediator was unable to comply with his undertaking. However, no extension may exceed 2 years.
Whether or not a mediator has prevailed himself of the first paragraph, the certifier shall also extend the 2-year period by one year if the mediator applies therefor to the certifier for the first time, at least 3 months before the expiry of the 2-year period, and claims that he has been unable to carry out the mediation mandates required.
In the latter case, the mediator shall include in his application:
(1)  fees of $65 for its examination;
(2)  an affidavit from the supervisor for the supervised mandates, if any; and
(3)  attestations for the completed complementary training courses.
When applying for the extension provided for in the second and third paragraphs, a mediator may replace his undertaking to carry out 10 family mediation mandates by an undertaking to carry out only 5 mediation mandates and to receive 21 hours of practical training including, in particular, simulation and role-playing exercises on fictitious cases. In such case, the mandates shall meet the conditions provided for in section 3, except for subparagraph 3 of the second paragraph.
O.C. 1117-2000, s. 4.
DIVISION II
RULES AND OBLIGATIONS WITH WHICH A PERSON, BODY OR ASSOCIATION ACTING AS CERTIFIER MUST COMPLY
5. A certifier shall organize training courses intended for mediators. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the certifier is not required to give them himself.
He shall also organize supervision services for mediators.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 5; O.C. 1117-2000, s. 5.
6. A certifier shall, without delay, forward to the Minister of Justice the name, address, telephone number and professional order membership number or, in the case of an employee of an institution operating a child and youth protection centre, employee number of every mediator he or it certifies or whose undertaking was extended by the certifier or has been completed.
A certifier shall also, without delay, inform the Minister of Justice of any suspension, revocation or cancellation of a mediator’s certification.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 6; O.C. 1117-2000, s. 6.
7. A certifier shall suspend or revoke, as the case may be, the certification of a certified mediator
(1)  who is temporarily or permanently struck off the roll, whose permit is revoked or whose right to carry on mediation activities is suspended, pursuant to the Professional Code (chapter C-26);
(2)  who has been suspended, whose right to carry on mediation activities has been suspended or who has been dismissed by the institution operating a child and youth protection centre, pursuant to the collective agreements in force; or
(3)  who has failed to establish that he has complied with the undertaking given under paragraph 4 of section 1 and, where applicable, under section 4.1 by providing the certifier with a course certificate and an affidavit from his supervisor.
The certifier shall suspend the certification if the penalty is temporary and revoke the certification if the penalty is permanent.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 7; O.C. 1117-2000, s. 7.
8. (Revoked).
O.C. 1686-93, s. 8; O.C. 1117-2000, s. 8.
9. A certifier shall cancel the certification of a mediator as soon as he is informed that the mediator ceases to engage in mediation activities, to be employed by an institution operating a child and youth protection centre or that he is resigning from his professional order.
The cancellation is effective from the date on which the certifier is informed of that cessation or resignation.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 9; O.C. 1117-2000, s. 9.
9.1. Following a revocation, the certifier, upon request by a mediator, shall grant him a new certification in the following cases and on the following conditions:
(1)  if the mediator has complied with his undertaking and if his certification has been cancelled for less than 5 years, a new certification shall be granted to him; the application must include fees of $65 for its examination;
(2)  if the mediator has complied with his undertaking and if his certification has been cancelled for more than 5 years, he shall undertake to take the complementary training again within 1 year and shall include fees of $65 for the examination of his application;
(3)  if the mediator has not complied with his undertaking, he shall, within 2 years, meet the conditions prescribed in section 4.1, with the necessary modifications, provided that not more than 2 years have elapsed since the cancellation; otherwise, he shall submit a new application for certification.
O.C. 1117-2000, s. 10.
DIVISION III
TARIFF OF FEES
10. The fees payable to a mediator for services provided pursuant to articles 814.3 to 814.14 and the third paragraph of article 815.2.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure (c. C-25) shall be subject to the following tariff.
The fees payable by the Family Mediation Service are
(1)  $95 for an information session on the mediation process other than a group session;
(2)  $125 per mediator for a group information session on the mediation process;
(3)  $95 for each mediation session, whether 1 or 2 mediators are present.
However, the Service shall only pay such fees up to a maximum number of 6 sessions, whether or not an information session is held or a greater number of sessions was required. Where the mediator’s services are provided in connection with an application for review of a judgment rendered between the parties on the matters at issue, the maximum number of sessions is 3.
Where the mediator’s report records the absence of the parties or of one of the parties from an information session on the mediation process other than a group session, the statement of either party that he cannot attend an information session or, in the cases referred to in article 815.2.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the fact that no mediation session has been held, the fees payable by the Service to the mediator are $50.
The fees payable by the parties are
(1)  $95 for each mediation session conducted by a mediator designated by the Family Mediation Service pursuant to article 815.2.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure; where the mediator’s report records that no mediation session has been held, the fees are $50:
(2)  $95 for each mediation session in excess of the maximum number of sessions for which the fees are paid by the Family Mediation Service.
Where the parties require the services of more than one mediator at a mediation session, the fees payable by the parties per additional mediator may not exceed $95 for each session for which the mediator’s services are required.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 10.
11. For the purposes of section 20, the information session on the mediation process shall last approximately 75 minutes or, in the case of a group session, approximately 90 minutes.
The total time of mediation must correspond to an average duration of 75 minutes per mediation session.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 11.
12. The Family Mediation Service shall pay the mediator’s fees upon the filing, by the mediator, of his report and, where applicable, of a document, signed by his clients, stating the number and the nature of the sessions held.
O.C. 1686-93, s. 12.
13. (Omitted).
O.C. 1686-93, s. 13.
REFERENCES
O.C. 1686-93, 1993 G.O. 2, 6734
S.Q. 1994, c. 40, s. 457
O.C. 459-96, 1996 G.O. 2, 2108
S.Q. 1997, c. 42, ss. 20 to 23
O.C. 499-98, 1998 G.O. 2, 1534
O.C. 905-99, 1999 G.O. 2, 2817
S.Q. 1999, c. 46, s. 19
O.C. 1117-2000, 2000 G.O. 2, 5032
S.Q. 2002, c. 6, s. 108