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 Provincial Court Notices

The following notices have been posted by the Provincial court relating to COVID-19:

Notice – Provincial Offences Act proceedings – Update May 19th – Further to the notices of March 16, 2020 and April 15,2020, the Court Office at 373 Broadway will remain closed to the public until July 6, 2020. There will be limited resumptions of services as well as options for remote dealings. Options for dealing with tickets are provided.

Notice – Teleconference Availability in Provincial Court courtrooms (May 26, 2020) – “Further to the notice issued by the Provincial Court on March 23, 2020. The purpose of this practice notice is to reduce the number of people who are attending to the courthouse, including legal counsel.” Instructions for teleconferences are detailed.

Notice – Pre-Trial Coordinator Timelines (May 28, 2020) – “The timelines as set out in the PTC Protocol will continue to apply but the period of time the out of custody dockets and trials were suspended due to COVID-19 will be deducted from the timeline calculation.” “The PTCs may also entertain longer remands within the timelines in order to prevent unnecessary appearances in Court while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.”

Notice – Update to the Judges and Judicial Justice of the Peace Weekend Bail Courts (May 28, 2020) – “Further to the Court’s Notices of April 9, 2020 and May 6, 2020, the weekend Judge’s dockets will be discontinued and therefore no longer sitting effective June 6, 2020.”

For all court notices regarding disruptions caused by COVID-19 see here.

The Provincial Court has also posted a notice regarding Scheduling of Criminal Code Dispositions – “On June 1, 2020, the Provincial Court Disposition Coordinator will assume the scheduling of all Criminal Code dispositions in Winnipeg” “The process currently used to set dispositions with the disposition coordinators will apply to these disposition courts.”

To stay up to date on all Provincial Court notices and directions please see here.

New Provincial Court Notice – COVID-19 Suspension and Reopening of some Courts (May 15, 2020)

The Provincial Court of Manitoba has posted a new notice to the profession here which states that “the Provincial Court of Manitoba will reopen court proceedings on a staged and incremental basis beginning June 1, 2020”

There will still be limitations and restrictions in place, detailed in an attached notice with safety and cleaning procedures.

Out-of-custody matters will begin to be heard in the six major court centres, Brandon, Dauphin, Portage la Prairie, The Pas, Thompson and Winnipeg.

As of May 19, those dealing with Provincial Offences Act ticket offences may deal with guilty pleas with an explanation by teleconference.

Additionally, “The circuit courts which require the court party to fly into the community will not sit during June” and “All other circuit court locations throughout Manitoba are further suspended for the month of June.”

Finally, “Case management conferences will continue as scheduled and may be conducted by teleconference.”

For full details please the entire notice here, or visit the Manitoba Courts COVID-19 notices here

New Queen’s Bench Notice – Re: Hearing Of Civil Motions During Summer Court Recess

A new notice has been posted here regarding the Winnipeg uncontested civil motions list during the summer court recess from June 29 to September 7, 2020.

The civil uncontested list will sit Wednesdays and Fridays and operate by teleconference commencing at 10:00a.m.

For the call-in number and other details please see this notice and previous notices posted on the Manitoba Courts website.

New Notice to the Profession – Queen’s Bench Masters, Re: COVID-19 Notice to The Profession Procedural Update May 11, 2020

A new notice has been posted here that addresses changes to the previous notices of March 17, April 7, and April 24.

“all currently scheduled civil and family motions, and references set to proceed before the masters on or after May 25, 2020, will proceed, remotely wherever possible…”

The notice also notes changes that:

  • Child Protection Dockets are gradually moving back from the suspension of the 60 day docket rule.
  • Regular masters’ uncontested lists will resume daily operation effective Tuesday May 19, 2020, for previously adjourned motions, and May 25, 2020, for new motions. This changes the April 24, 2020 notice which was to be in effect until May 25, 2020.
  • Commencing the week of May 11, 2020, matters which were previously adjourned through and including May 22, can be scheduled to appear returnable on the masters’ daily uncontested lists which will resume Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
  • Bankruptcy dockets will resume after May 25, 2020, proceeding remotely with allowance for the trustee’s representative to appear in person.
  • With the exception of any scheduled viva voce reference hearings that had been adjourned, all adjourned matters, including hearings for directions, may be rescheduled to proceed remotely.

Special notes and modifications for Brandon Centre as well as the Dauphin, Portage la Prairie, and Morden Centres are also given.

To see all notices and directives regarding changes due to COVID-19 see the Manitoba Courts page here.