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.

ALL COURTS NOTICE

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.

New Court Notices from the Provincial Court and Court of Queen’s Bench

Provincial Court of Manitoba – Re: Child Protection Hearings

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.


Provincial Court of Manitoba – Re: Covid-19 Suspension and Re-Opening Of Additional Courts

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.


Court of Queen’s Bench Manitoba -Re: Scheduling Protocols for Family Division Motions and Case Conferences Via Teleconference or Video Conference

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.

New Queen’s Bench Notice to the Profession – Re: Triage Screening List

A new notice has been posted here.

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.

To see all Queen’s Bench notices and directives click here.

For COVID-19 related notices, visit the courts webpage here.