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September 19

“The Prime Minister of Canada has announced that September 19, 2022 will be a federal holiday and a day of mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  The Province of Manitoba is recognizing September 19, 2022 as a day of mourning and has announced that all non-essential government services and offices will be closed for the day.

Mindful that the Courts provide an essential service, given access to justice challenges due to COVID-19, and in fairness to Court participants, the Courts have determined they cannot adjourn cases already booked and so will proceed as scheduled on September 19, 2022.  

However, in order to recognize the day of mourning, all trials and appeals will commence one hour later than scheduled.”

September 14, 2022 – References to the Crown in Court Documents

“Effective immediately, in new proceedings where the Crown is a party, the Crown should be described as “His Majesty the King” and not “Her Majesty the Queen”.” See the notice more more details.


For more information and notices see the Manitoba Courts webpage.

Mask Use and Court Reopening in Manitoba Courts

A new notice from all court levels has been issued stating that “mask use will no longer be required in court facilities effective Monday, May 16, 2022. Masks may continue to be worn, unless requested otherwise by a presiding judge in the context of a hearing.

Unlimited access to the courts by members of the public will resume on Monday, June
27th, at which time there will no longer be any COVID-19 related restrictions in place.”

See the full notice here and previous COVID-19 related notices on the courts website.

Courthouse Closures – April 13 & 14

Due to the forecasted blizzard conditions, preparations are being made for potential court closures throughout Manitoba for all three levels of court on April 13 and 14.

Updates will be posted here.

Should the Courts be closed on these dates, the Great Library will also be closed. We will be working remotely and can still be reached at library@lawsociety.mb.ca.

Notice -All Court of Appeal hearings to be conducted remotely

Notice All Hearings of the Court of Appeal will be conducted remotely starting January 4, 2022 until further notice (December 20, 2021). This notice replaces the previously issued notice dated August 10, 2021.

As a result of the modelling for the COVID-19 Omicron variant, starting on Tuesday, January 4, 2022:

  1. All appeals will be heard remotely by videoconference; and
  2. All motions or applications will be heard remotely by teleconference.”

For in-custody criminal appeal, motion or application hearings, special procedures are required in order to ensure that the accused can participate in the hearing.

See the full notice for information on how to access a videoconference appeal hearing, and how to access a teleconference motion or application hearing.

All Court of Appeal COVID related notices are available on the Manitoba Courts website.

Court of Appeal Notice – Protocol for Articling Students

The Court of Appeal has released a new notice to the profession that articling students-at-law are no longer permitted to appear as counsel to argue a substantive appeal. An articling student may appear in a chambers matter where the presiding chambers judge grants permission. See below for the full notice.

December 8, 2021 – Protocol on Articling Students appearing in the Manitoba Court of Appeal

See here for all Court of Appeal Notices.

Court of Appeal Notice – Changes to Appeals

October 1, 2021 – Leave Required for  most Interlocutory Appeals

“As of January 1, 2022, amendments to The Court of Appeal Act, CCSM c C240, will be proclaimed into force. The new sections, sections 25.1 and 25.2, govern appeals to the Court from decisions of the Court of Queen’s Bench.

The new sections provide that no appeal may be made to the Court of Appeal with respect to an interlocutory order of a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench unless leave to appeal is granted by a judge or the Court. Leave to appeal is not required:

(a) in a proceeding involving:
      (i) the liberty of a person; or
      (ii) the custody of a minor.
(b) if the order grants or declines to grant a stay or an interlocutory injunction.”

All Court of Appeal Notices and Practice Directions available here.