COVID – Use of Masks (September 7, 2020) – Due to a positive test of COVID-19 in the law courts building, starting September 8, 2020 masks will be mandatory in certain areas of the courthouse. Details of these areas and further information can be found in the notice.
Pre-Trial Coordinator Dockets (August 6, 2020) Further to the May 28, 2020 notice, to reduce the number of people attending 405 Broadway, in the Woodsworth Building cafeteria, effective August 10, 2020, for matters appearing on the 1:00 p.m. 301/302 dockets, where it is necessary for counsel to appear in person, counsel are now directed to appear at the Provincial Court counter at 408 York Avenue between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Counsel are advised to notify the Crown’s office of any adjournments in advance.
Self represented individuals will continue to appear at 405 Broadway
The Provincial Court is continuing to reopen court proceedings on a staged and incremental basis. In August, court sittings will resume in Grand Rapids, Sandy Bay/Amaranth, Emerson, Camperville and Roblin. Other communities are either still suspended or taking place in Winnipeg via teleconference as detailed in the notice.
An attached notice of cleaning and proper health procedures is included.
Further to previous court notices the child protection dockets will continue to sit in the court centres for the month of August, 2020, with the exception of Steinbach, Beausejour, Pine Falls, Peguis First Nation, Emerson. The child protection dockets set for August in Portage La Prairie, Dauphin, Thompson, Emerson, Beausejour, Pine Falls and Peguis First Nation will take place in those communities.
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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.”
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