New Notice and Practice Directives

Provincial Court

Re: Covid-19 Suspension and Re-Opening Of Additional Courts (September 28, 2020)

Following a previous notice, courts will not be re-opening in God’s Lake Narrows in October. They will also not be re-opening in Garden Hill for local reasons.

The courts will re-turn to sitting in Altona, Arborg, Ashern and Lundar, and is sitting in Easterville. There is no confirmed date for Pukatawagan.

Beginning October 1, 2020, the Provincial Court of Manitoba will hear in-custody and out of custody trials and out of custody dispositions in the communities of: Altona, Arborg, Ashern, and Lundar.

Health protocols are in effect in these areas and the courts are asking any one with symptoms to not come to court. More details and updates are included in the full notice.

All Courts

Notice to the Profession (September 28, 2020)

Under the new Manitoba Health protocol, those that have come into contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 while in the courts will now be notified. Members of the profession will not be informed of every potential exposure in the courthouse. A reminder that masks are required at all time while in the courthouse, except, when in a courtroom, the presiding judge stipulates otherwise.

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New Practice Directives and Notices

Court of Queens Bench Notice

Filing Fee (August 25, 2020)

Amendments to the Law Fees and Probate Charge Regulation (322/87 R) have updated the filing fees for documents in the Court of Queen’s Bench Family Division.

Effective immediately, a Notice of Opposition to Variation has a filing fee of $35.00.

The amended regulation also clarifies the fee for filing a Request for Triage Conference as $35.00.

All Notices and Practice Directives for the Queen’s Bench can be found here.


On August 19, 2020, health orders were issued which rated the Prairie Mountain Health Region a Code Orange – or a restricted designation which indicates community transmission of COVID19 is occurring. Given this, the Manitoba Courts are issuing this Notice, now requiring all persons who enter any court facility where a Code Orange is in place to wear a mask. This currently includes only the Prairie Mountain Health Region. Masks may be non-medical masks and will be available as required at all affected court facilities as of Monday August 31, 2020.

Full notice available here.

New Practice Directives and Notices

Court of Queen’s Bench Notice – Masters’ Court: COVID-19 Procedural Update (August 14, 2020)

Masters’ Court – Notice COVID-19 Procedural Update  (August 14, 2020)
This notice modifies the May 11th notice with the resumption of Maintenance Enforcement dockets. Debtors scheduled to appear on or after September 8, 2020 are required to attend court in person, or their legal counsel.

Safety procedures are detailed attached to this notice.

Provincial Court of Manitoba: Access to Winnipeg Remand Centre

Access to Winnipeg Remand Centre (August 18, 2020)
With ongoing difficulties counsel has accessing their clients, the WRC is again permitting counsel to attend in person as of Wednesday August 19, 2020.

Counsel can still contact their clients by telephone and LVI. Additional directions and safety procedures are detailed in the notice.

For all notices and directions related to Covid-19, click here.