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Temporary exhibitions

Crime and Punishment - Justice in New France

Crime and Punishment. Justice in New France.

From November 26, 2013 to May 25, 2014

The Château Ramezay’s exhibition – Crime and Punishment – Justice in New France – will give visitors the opportunity to play judge and enforce laws used in the colony in the 17th and 18th centuries. Meet some notorious figures from Quebec’s legal past and learn how they met their fate.

This interactive exhibition will familiarize you with the French justice system of the time. In New France, criminal law complied with the ‘Customs of Paris’ instituted by Louis XIV in 1667. The accused were presumed guilty unless they could prove their innocence, quite the reverse of our system today.

Judge. Artist: Marie-Denise Douyon As an ‘apprentice judge’, you’ll hear several criminal cases that shocked the colony – that of Marie-Josephe-Angelique, for example, a Montreal slave accused of setting fire to 46 houses and the Hotel-Dieu Hospital in 1734. Consider whether the punishments fit the crimes. Compare the sentences of colonial criminals with those imposed nowadays under the Canadian Criminal Code.

On display will be various punishment devices such as a hanging cage, an iron collar, a branding iron and other torture instruments commonly used by the executioner.

Media and guided tours

Louise Brazeau, Education and Promotion Coordinator

Telephone: 514 861-3708 ext. 229 | Fax: 514 861-8317

Exhibition Information

Christine Brisson,  Registrar and Exhibition Coordinator

Telephone: 514 861-3708 ext. 230 | Fax: 514 861-8317