An Act Respecting the Title of “Associate Judge” received royal assent on May 30, 2023. The Bill comes into force on September 27, 2023. The Bill amends The Court of King’s Bench Act to change the designation of judicial officers appointed under Division 2 of Part IV of the Act from “master” to “associate judge”. In view of the amendments, necessary changes are being made to the Court of King’s Bench Rules, as well as to the website, court forms, and courthouse signage.
To accommodate the increased needs of disposition time and Mental Health Court courtroom 306 is now designated a DCD sitting on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Motions will now only be heard on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:00PM in courtroom 306. Matters from the Provincial Court counter(PCC) will continue to be heard on any 306 2:00PM docket Monday through Friday.
Effective October 5, 2023, Steinbach will begin a Pre-Trial Coordinator Docket (PTC Docket) as a pilot project. It will sit the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month and will be presided over by a Staff Justice of the Peace.
A Judge’s Docket will be held every Friday, where all contested matters, dispositions, trials and preliminary inquiries can be set.
There are additional sittings and changes to Little Grand Rapids and St. Theresa Point, as well as changes to the Pine Falls youth docket.
“Effective immediately and until further notice, due to staff resource shortages the Provincial Court Counter phone will be open during the reduced hours of 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The counter will continue to be open for in-person appearances until 2:00 p.m.”
Due to decreased demand for 2pm trials and preliminary inquires, they will no longer be posted online. Trials can still be scheduled by contacting the Early Disposition Coordinator. See the full notice for more information and contacts.
Due to the evolution of video appearances for court matters, the previous directive requiring in person appearance by those potentially facing a penitentiary sentence has been modified to allow for video appearance if judicial permission is sought three days in advance.
A new notice from all court levels has been issued stating that “mask use will no longer be required in court facilities effective Monday, May 16, 2022. Masks may continue to be worn, unless requested otherwise by a presiding judge in the context of a hearing.
Unlimited access to the courts by members of the public will resume on Monday, June 27th, at which time there will no longer be any COVID-19 related restrictions in place.”
The Manitoba Law Library would like to acknowledge with gratitude that we are situated on Treaty One Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree and Dakota peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
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