The Provinical Court has posted three new notices regarding ongoing rescheduling and suspension of court matters. See notices for full details.
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 – COVID-19 – Suspension and Restriction of Hearings (November 30, 2020) – This notice is in furtherance to the November 10th notice. “All circuit court sittings throughout Manitoba will remain cancelled until January 4, 2021 or until further notice”
December 1, 2020 – Counter Court (Winnipeg) – “Beginning in January 2021, the Provincial Court will move to a Counter Court model in Winnipeg for all out of custody administrative courts, currently called PTC (Pre-Trial Coordinator) courts.”
“The Counter Court model will improve access to justice and efficiency in the following ways:
- One on one interaction for an accused person with the Staff Justice of the Peace
- An expanded time to attend and less waiting time to have your matter addressed
- There will be more than one Staff Justice of the Peace at the Counter so matters can be spoken to more quickly
- Persons will not have to wait until all of Counsel’s matters have been addressed before they can have their matter addressed by the Court
Notice – Rescheduling of Adult and Youth out of Custody Matters due to COVID-19 (Winnipeg Centre) (December 2, 2020) – “This Notice addresses matters currently scheduled for December 14 – 31, 2020, which will be adjourned to February 2021 dates.”
Notice – Rescheduling of Circuit Court Sittings due to COVID-10 (December 4, 2020) – “Further to the Notice of November 30 2020, suspending court with respect to all circuit court sittings, the following date changes apply to those circuit courts listed below where matters were scheduled between December 14, 2020 to December 31, 2020. All other circuit court sittings, adjourned by the Notice of November 30, 2020 beyond December 31, 2020 remain as adjourned by that Notice to the dates contained in that Notice.”
Notice – Rescheduling of Adult and Youth out of Custody Matters due to COVID-19 (Regional Centres) (December 4, 2020) – “All matters adjourned as per previous Notices to dates after January 4, 2021 (see Notice dated November 10, 2020 and Notice dated November 16, 2020) are expected to proceed on those January dates. This Notice addresses matters currently scheduled for December 14 – 31, 2020, which will be adjourned to January and February 2021 dates.”
Practice Direction – Remote and Off Site Civil Trials (November 20, 2020) – This direction is provided due to the recent Code Red designation and addresses certain obstacles and limitations that affect scheduled civil trials in the Court of Queen’s Bench. Options for parties, where they have been advised that a trial is being adjourned are provided in the notice.
Notice – COVID -19 – Suspension and Restriction of Hearings – Legal Aid Administrative Court (November 24, 2020) – “Further to the Notices of November 10 and 13, 2020, suspending court with respect to all out of custody matters, this will confirm the Legal Aid Administrative Court on December 8, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. courtroom 402 is cancelled with respect to out of custody matters.” Individuals awaiting the appointment of counsel by Legal Aid are encouraged to contact Legal Aid. Counsel appointed to individuals are asked to contact their clients.
Notice – Service of Child Protection Proceedings on Persons in Custody during Pandemic Restrictions (November 18, 2020)
“Prior to the pandemic, a process server might attend the institution to effect personal service. However with Code Red restrictions and the elimination or restriction of visitors to the Correctional Centre, this method of service is not possible.” The notice gives new options and contact information for correctional centres.
Notice – Circuit Court Sitting Replacement Dates Due to COVID-19 (November 18, 2020)
“Further to the Notice of November 10, 2020, suspending court with respect to all circuit court sittings, the following dates reflect the date the circuit should have sat within the suspended period and the date the circuit has been administratively adjourned to.”
Practice Directive – Video Appearances for Trials and Preliminary Hearings in the Provincial Court of Manitoba (November 17, 2020) – “…the Court has developed this Practice Directive to accommodate the remote attendance of a participant at trial or preliminary hearing by video, where appropriate, while maintaining the integrity of the hearing process.” The process for requesting an accused or in custody witness appear by video is provided.