These changes have come about as a result of the Divorce Act amendments.
DIVORCE ACT AMENDMENTS RULES On January 29, 2021, The Queen’s Bench Statutory Rules Committee met and passed Queen’s Bench Rule Amendments dealing with Rule 70 amendments, required by the Divorce Act amendments which come into effect on March 1, 2021. It includes an overview of the changes to Rule 70.
The full text of the amendments along with the forms, Man. Reg. 7/2021, are posted on the Manitoba Laws website.
VERSION 6 OF THE MANDATORY STANDARD CLAUSES FOR FAMILY DIVISION ORDERS The use of Standard Clauses in Family Division orders has been mandatory since 1998 [see Court of Queen’s Bench Rules 70.31(11), (12) and (13). Standard Clauses reflect the intent of a judge’s decision in a consistent way and make the terms of orders more readily understood by parties and agencies dealing with the order.
“Commencing Monday, February 1, 2021, all judge-alone out-of-custody criminal trials will also resume in person.”
Health and safety protocols of the March 13, 2020 notice are still in effect. Portions of the trial may proceed by video conference. To further reduce in-person contact, an upcoming notice will detail email filing requirements and procedures.