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Hand-held metal detectors have been provided to constables, who are now searching all visitors.

Reinforced security at the Longueuil courthouse

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A mandatory search procedure was put in place Tuesday morning at the Longueuil courthouse.


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L'aggression au stabbing of an interpreter that occurred last week seems to have convinced Quebec to increase security measures at the Longueuil courthouse.

Hand-held metal detectors have been provided to special constables, who now search all visitors. Their bags are also subject to visual inspection.

The new measure came into force Tuesday morning and will remain so until further notice. Certain regulars at the courthouse, such as lawyers, are however exempt, provided they are able to identify themselves.

We did not yet know Tuesday morning whether the Ministry of Justice or the Ministry of Public Security decreed a strengthening of security measures in Longueuil.

These were increased following the attack on a 68-year-old court interpreter last Tuesday. The suspect has since been charged with attempted murder.

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The attack at the Longueuil courthouse caused the legal community to react to security gaps. (File photo)

The attack had aroused nervousness at the courthouse, where there is now hope that the means put in place on Tuesday will create a feeling of appeasement.

Certain security measures, such as the search of coats and bags, had already been reinforced in the wake of the attack last week, but its application, randomly, varied from one day to the next.

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The legal community has long called for security to be strengthened in Quebec courthouses. Last week's attack could well convince the Quebec government to introduce structuring measures to address this concern.

En Meanwhile, special constables from the Laval courthouse also began to search bags and coats. However, no metal detector has yet been provided to them. This type of equipment is currently only available in Montreal courts.

With information by Valérie-Micaela Bain

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