National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Statement by Manitoba’s Chief Justices and Chief Judge Regarding the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

As September 30, 2023 falls on a Saturday, the Manitoba Courts will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Monday, October 2, 2023, and will not be sitting on that day.

The Great Library’s physical space will be closed for the day, but we are still open virtually and
available by email at for legal help and research.

Library Closure

Please be advised that there will be a swearing-in ceremony for The Honourable Marianne Rivoalen, Chief Justice of Manitoba on Friday, Sept 29, 2023. The library will be closed from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  After hours service for the legal profession can resume at 5:00 p.m.

Please note other upcoming closures:

  • Monday, October 2 – Truth and Reconciliation Day (Courthouse closed)
  • Thursday, October 19 – Swearing in Ceremony
  • Friday, October 27 – Swearing in Ceremony

New Court Notices

Court of King’s Bench

Change of title from Master to Associate Judge

An Act Respecting the Title of “Associate Judge” received royal assent on May 30, 2023. The Bill comes into force on September 27, 2023. The Bill amends The Court of King’s Bench Act to change the designation of judicial officers appointed under Division 2 of Part IV of the Act from “master” to “associate judge”.
In view of the amendments, necessary changes are being made to the Court of King’s Bench Rules, as well as to the website, court forms, and courthouse signage.

Provincial Court

September 12, 2023 – Courtroom 306:

With continued difficulties finding adequate facilities for court in the community, court for Oxford House will be held in Thompson.

September 11, 2023 – Oxford House (Thompson Circuit):

To accommodate the increased needs of disposition time and Mental Health Court courtroom 306 is now designated a DCD sitting on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Motions will now only be heard on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:00PM in courtroom 306.
Matters from the Provincial Court counter(PCC) will continue to be heard on any 306 2:00PM docket Monday through Friday.

New Provincial Court Notice

September 7, 2023 – Winnipeg Circuits

Effective October 5, 2023, Steinbach will begin a Pre-Trial Coordinator Docket (PTC Docket) as a pilot project. It will sit the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month and will be presided over by a Staff Justice of the Peace.

A Judge’s Docket will be held every Friday, where all contested matters, dispositions, trials and preliminary inquiries can be set.

There are additional sittings and changes to Little Grand Rapids and St. Theresa Point, as well as changes to the Pine Falls youth docket.

The Law Library Hub is Back from Hiatus!

Do you have a client looking for assistance and need somewhere to direct them?  

The Law Library Hub is here to help.

The Law Library Hub is a free, appointment-based resource that offers legal information in the areas of civil and family law for those unfamiliar with the legal system or that need help getting started.

Our Civil Law appointments can help with common disputes between people or organizations. We can assist those dealing with:

        • Small Claims
        • Property Disputes
        • Personal Injury claims
        • Breach of Contract, such as unpaid bills
        • Issues between Tenants and Landlords
        • Estate matters such as Probating a Will.

Family Law appointments cover issues between spouses or common-law partners, or child care matters. These include:

        • Divorce or Separation
        • Division of Property
        • Child Support

Appointments are available in person at the Great Library in the Winnipeg Law Courts Complex or via video conference.

If you would like more information about how the Law Library Hub can help, email or call 204-945-1958.