New Court Notices

Queen’s Bench

Notice – Out of Province Parties and Witnesses and the Continuing Obligation to Isolate for 14 days (February 4, 2021)
“this Notice will confirm that until further notice … the Court will require all parties or witnesses … who wish to attend in person for their proceedings and who are coming from outside of Manitoba, to continue to isolate as before for the requisite 14 days.”

Provincial Court

Notice – COVID-19 precautions – Virtual Assignment Court (January 28, 2021)
Notice – COVID-19 precautions – Virtual Docket Appearances (January 28, 2021)
“In order to reopen the courts responsibly and remain vigilant about preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Court is seeking to reduce the number of persons attending court. Counsel are directed to contact their clients to ensure only those persons who have
something meaningful occurring … attend court.”

Notice – Update to Judicial Justice of the Peace weekday bail dockets (February 5, 2021)
Update on the a pilot project to address the timely release of individuals who have been arrested overnight and held in custody at police facilities anywhere in Manitoba.

Notice – Out of Province Parties and Witnesses and the continuing obligation to isolate for 14 days (February 5, 2021)
“this Notice will confirm that until further notice … the Court will require all parties or witnesses … who wish to attend in person for their proceedings and who are coming from outside of Manitoba, to continue to isolate as before for the requisite 14 days.”

Queen’s Bench Notice – Current Scheduling Protocols

Notice – (General Division) Adjustment to Current Scheduling Protocols February 1, 2021 until further notice (January 27, 2021) – Current scheduling protocols will continue to apply to February 1 and extend until further notice.

Notice -(Family Division) Adjustment to Current Scheduling Protocols February 1 – 26, 2021 (January 27, 2021) – current scheduling protocols will extend and apply to the period of February 1 to 26, 2021.

Queen’s Bench Notices and Directions

Practice Direction – Family and Child Protection Video Conference Trials and the Continuation and Commencement of Other Remote Services (December 3, 2020) – “Pursuant to this Court’s November 10, 2020 Notice, given the government’s designation  of Code Red, all “in-person” Family and Child Protection trials scheduled to proceed between November 16 and  December 11, 2020, were adjourned to an administrative list.
Commencing Tuesday, December 15, 2020, the Triage Screening List, overseen by  Ms. Angie Tkachuk, Supervisor, Family Division Coordination, will be conducted by  telephone between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. until further notice.”

Notice – Adjustments to Current Scheduling Protocols – December 14, 2020 to January 8, 2021 (December 3, 2020) – “the adjustments to the Court’s scheduling protocols as announced in  the November 10th Notice will now also extend and apply to the period of December 14,  2020 to January 8, 2021.”

Court Suspensions and Restrictions

With regards to the new government measures regarding COVID-19, the Provinical Court and Court of Queen’s Bench have released new notices.

Notice – COVID -19 – Suspension and Restriction of Hearings (November 10, 2020) – “The Provincial Court of Manitoba is once again reducing court operations while continuing to ensure meaningful access to those with urgent matters. Effective Thursday, November 12, 2020, all remaining circuit court sittings throughout Manitoba are cancelled until and including December 11, 2020 or until further notice.” See the notice for more details on in custody, out of custody, child protection, and other court matters.


Notice – Adjustments to Current Scheduling Protocols – November 16 to December 11, 2020 – “With the exception of those judge-alone criminal trials involving accused persons who are in custody, all currently scheduled trials set to proceed between Monday, November 16, 2020 and Friday, December 11, 2020, will be adjourned to administrative lists for rescheduling.”

  • For Family Division matters, those adjourned trials will be appearing on administrative lists set down for Thursday, December 10, 2020.
  • For General Division matters, those adjourned trials will be appearing on administrative lists set down for Friday, December 11, 2020

“All other judicial services currently being offered by the Court of Queen’s Bench by video or audio conference in the areas of criminal, civil, family, and child protection will continue as before, unchanged.”

Masters’ Court – COVID-19 Update (November 12, 2020) – “Due to the entire Province of Manitoba being moved to the critical level (red), effective Thursday, November 12, 2020, the Maintenance Enforcement dockets in Brandon, Dauphin, Portage la Prairie, Morden, The Pas and Thompson will be suspended effective Friday, November 13, 2020, until further notice.”


For a list of all notices and practice directions related to COVID-19 visit manitobacourts.mb.ca/covid-19/.