18.4. The municipal court which, on the day preceding the date of coming into force of the order made pursuant to section 125.11 of the Act respecting municipal territorial organization (chapter O‐9), is the only court to have jurisdiction in the territory of one of the municipalities to which the order applies, becomes, without other formality as of the coming into force of the order, the municipal court of the municipality resulting from the amalgamation of those territories.
Where more than one municipal court has jurisdiction in the municipalities referred to in the order on the day preceding the date of coming into force of the order, the Government shall designate, on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice, the municipal court to have jurisdiction in the territory of the municipality resulting from the amalgamation, having regard to the requirements of the proper administration of justice and of the efficient management of the public funds allocated therefor, the needs of the whole territory to be served and the maintenance of neighbourhood justice. The other municipal courts whose chief-places are situated in the territory of one of the municipalities referred to in the order are then deemed to be abolished.
The municipal court designated pursuant to the second paragraph has jurisdiction in the territory of a municipality whose territory is not involved in the amalgamation and which, before the coming into force of the order, submitted its territory to the jurisdiction of a municipal court so abolished. The manner of apportionment of the financial contributions and the conditions of withdrawal provided in any agreement under Division II of Chapter II and applicable to those municipalities subsist.
For the purposes of this section, an order made following a joint application for amalgamation received by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Greater Montréal within the time prescribed under section 125.2 of the Act respecting municipal territorial organization is considered to be the order referred to in the first paragraph.