To address the timely release of individuals who have been arrested overnight and held in custody at police facilities anywhere in Manitoba, the Provincial Crown and Legal Aid Manitoba have implemented an overnight bail program.
Effective November 2, 2020, the Provincial Court of Manitoba has added an additional Judicial Justice of the Peace court sitting Monday through Friday at 7:00 a.m.
“The Designation of Counsel form has been amended to allow counsel to attest they have explained to the client, the obligations of the client to maintain contact with counsel and appear in court when required. When properly explained and endorsed, this will prevent the need for accused persons to attend court in person to sign the designation of counsel form.”
Counsel are reminded despite numerous changes the Pre-Trial Protocol remains in place. The jurisdiction of the Pre-Trial Coordinators are further explained. Any concerns regarding the Pre Trial Protocol should be raised with Associate Chief Judge Krahn.
Further to previous notices, the Provincial Court is notifying the profession that in communities where the court has not resumed sitting, the child protection dockets will continue to sit in the court centres for the month of October.
This includes the communities of; Steinbach, Beausejour, Pine Falls, Peguis First Nation, Emerson, Portage la Prairie, Dauphin, Bloodvein, Cross Lake, Norway House and Little Grand Rapids. Details of dockets that will be sitting in Winnipeg, and The Pas are provided.
The notice also gives instructions for when a party may be in custody and requires transportation to the courtroom. It also asks that whenever possible, for persons in custody they appear by video to avoid the need to quarantine, to reduce delays.
Under the new Manitoba Health protocol, those that have come into contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 while in the courts will now be notified. Members of the profession will not be informed of every potential exposure in the courthouse. A reminder that masks are required at all time while in the courthouse, except, when in a courtroom, the presiding judge stipulates otherwise.
In furtherance of previous notices to re-open courts, the following locations with begin to re-open on a staged and incremental basis.
September 9, 2020, court sittings resumed in Bloodvein;
September 21, 2020, court sittings will resume in Gimli, Stonewall and Little Grand Rapids;
October 1, 2020, we expect to resume court sittings in Moose Lake, Sioux Valley, God’s Lake Narrows, Garden Hill, Boissevain, Brochet, Little Grand Rapids and Cross Lake.
September 21, 2020, the Provincial Court of Manitoba will hear in-custody and out of custody trials and dispositions in the communities of Gimli, Stonewall, and Little Grand Rapids.
October 1, 2020, the Provincial Court of Manitoba will hear in-custody and out of custody trials and dispositions in the communities of: God’s Lake Narrows, Cross Lake, Sioux Valley, Moose Lake, Bloodvein, Garden Hill, Boissevain, and Brochet.
See the full notice for more details as well as information on Child protection, Administrative dockets, and Case management conferences.