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.
This notice is in continuation of the notice of May 13, 2020 advising that child protection dockets will continue to sit in the court centres for the month of July, 2020, with the EXCEPTION of Steinbach, Beausejour, Pine Falls and Peguis First Nation. A list of child protection dockets sitting in court centres is included.
Further to the notice of May 15, 2020 additional court sittings will resume in Peguis First Nation, Pine Falls, Virden, Rossburn and Russell, only being open to those necessary to court proceedings. Those that do come to court are being asked to respect health protocols and refrain from coming if they are exhibiting any symptoms.
Other circuit courts which have not been re-opened as described in this notice will not sit during July. All matters on those dockets will be further suspended and administratively adjourned to the next court date set for that community.
Case management conferences will continue as scheduled and may be conducted by teleconference.
This Notice to Profession changes the Notice issued by this Court on April 28, 2020. This notice details protocols for videoconferencing. Motions will continue to be scheduled in a courtroom and will be heard via teleconference, with the judge’s assistant arranging the teleconference and notifying counsel. Effective immediately, counsel has the obligation to arrange a teleconference or a video conference for a case conference where both parties are represented by counsel. Protocols for motions and scheduling case conferences are provided.
Effective June 23, 2020, the Triage Screening List will commence in-person proceedings, reminding parties to follow the triage screening process described in Court of Queen’s Bench Rules 70.24 (16) to (21). Additional information regarding scheduling is detailed in the notice.
This notice changes previous notices which stated the Triage screening List would operate via teleconference.