Notice: Further Resumptions and Some Continued Restrictions
In line with public health directives, the Provincial court continues re-opening with incremental steps. This follows protocols already in place pursuant to previous Notices of June 23 and July 20, 2021.
The Provincial Court of Manitoba remains closed to members of the general public. The Court will continue to hear all trials, preliminary inquiries and Inquests in the court centres. Beginning August 30, 2021, the presumption that counsel and accused persons will appear remotely will no longer apply to adult matters proceeding to disposition and all matters under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Child Protection dockets will be held in the community or court centre where they are ordinarily heard.
Additional protocols and information are available in the notice.
Due to changes with Canada Post no longer obtaining signatures on registered mail “the Registrar will accept requisitions to note default on a statement of claim where the other requirements to note default are met but the statement of claim was served outside of six months after it was issued and the plaintiff files satisfactory affidavit evidence.”
In an effort to further the “cautious approach in the transition to further normalization of Court of Queen’s Bench hearings … the court will be further enhancing its in-person judicial service commencing with the fall term on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, until further notice.”
A list of full protocols is provided in the notice.
See here for previous Notices and Practice Directions.
This notice expands on the previous notice on October 22, 2020. The courts are still evaluating the pilot project which addresses overnight arrests and custody . The program will be extended until December 31, 2021 to assess if it is having the desired outcome.
All levels of the Manitoba courts have issued a notice regarding the easing of restrictions in the new public health order. These changes are still being reviewed and until further notice those attending the laws courts will still be required to follow protocol including initial screening conducted by sheriffs officers, wearing of masks, appropriate social distancing and sanitation measures.
Further to the Notice of June 23, 2021, the courts have confirmed that they are able to return to the communities as outlined. Virtual hearings will be held for many of the communities, with proposed dates for physical hearings given as well. See the full notice for a complete list of dates and statuses.