Queen’s Bench Practice Direction: Resumption of Criminal Trials

Practice Direction – Resumption of Judge-Alone Out-of-custody Criminal Trials (January 14, 2021)

“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.

For all COVID-19 notices and directives see here.

Provincial Court Rescheduling Notices

The Provinical Court has posted three new notices regarding ongoing rescheduling and suspension of court matters. See notices for full details.

Further Suspension and Restriction of Hearings Return to Sitting for Some Trials and Special Sittings in Certain Circuits (December 30, 2020)

Suspension of Court Sittings due to COVID-19 (December 30, 2020)

Rescheduling of Winnipeg Adult and Youth Out of Custody Matters due to COVID-19 (Winnipeg Centre) (December 30, 2020)

Queen’s Bench Scheduling Protocols Practice Direction

Adjustments to Current Scheduling Protocols – January 11 to 29, 2021, Video Conference Civil Trials and the Continuation of Other Remote Services (general division)

… “[T]he Court’s scheduling protocols as announced in the December 3rd Notice will now also extend and apply to the period of January 11 to 29, 2021.”

… “[C]ommencing Monday, February 1, 2021, where there are counsel representing all parties, all civil trials already scheduled are to be viewed as presumptively proceeding by video hearing”.

Provincial Court Notices – Rescheduling

The Provincial Court has provided the following four new notices regarding the rescheduling of court matters due to the continuing Code Red designation. Click each notice for full text and details.

Notice – Rescheduling of Circuit Court Sittings due to COVID-19 (December 11, 2020) 

Notice – Rescheduling of Adult and Youth Out of Custody Matters due to COVID-19 (Regional Centres) (December 11, 2020) 

Notice – Rescheduling of Adult and Youth Out of Custody Matters due to COVID-19 (Winnipeg Centre) (December 11, 2020)

Notice – Rescheduling of Circuit Court Sittings due to COVID-19 (December 11, 2020)


See here for all COVID-19 related court notices and directives