New Practice Direction – Remote Appearance

Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench

Practice Direction – Criminal Trials Accused’s Remote Appearance by Video Conference (November 17, 2020) – “This Practice Direction is meant to now more specifically stipulate the procedures, presumptions and relevant factors that will govern those situations where an accused is unable to be present in Court during the whole of his or her trial and where as a result, the trial risks being adjourned.”

New Practice Directions

These are the latest practice directions regarding changes to the courts in reducing risk of infections and spreading of COVID-19.

Manitoba Court of Appeal
Hearings will be conducted remotely by videoconferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic (April 3, 2020) 

Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench
COVID-19 – Suspension and Restriction of Hearings (April 2, 2020)

For all up-to-date practice directions and notices for all three courts, visit the Manitoba Courts webpage on COVID-19 at http://www.manitobacourts.mb.ca/covid-19/.

New Practice Direction: Detention Review Hearings

Re: Detention Review Hearings Under ss. 520 and 525 of the Criminal Code

Thompson and The Pas Judicial Centres

As part of the Court of Queen’s Bench’s ongoing attempts to improve access to justice in all areas of its jurisdiction, the following direction applies to detention review hearings under sections 520 and 525 of the Criminal Code in the Thompson and The Pas judicial centres. Informing this practice direction are the following reference points:

  • To ensure the integrity of the administration of justice, generally, criminal matters are to be adjudicated in the judicial centre most proximate to the community where the alleged offence took place.
  • The constitutional obligation that flows from the Charter right not to be denied reasonable bail without just cause requires that bail review hearings take place without unreasonable delay.
  • The Thompson judicial centre has a particularly high volume of criminal cases and in-custody accused.
  • There is no remand facility in Thompson.
  • It is not unusual that accused in criminal matters originating in Thompson and The Pas judicial centres are held in custody in a facility that is a significant distance from the courthouses in these judicial centres.
  • Bail review hearings may take place in person, by video, or by teleconference.

Read more for the full practice direction.

This practice direction comes into effect immediately (dated March 5, 2020).