New Scheduling Model for Adult Criminal Matters in Thompson Court Centre

April 4, 2022 – Adult Criminal Matters in Thompson Court Centre

“Further to our meetings with the Thompson Bar and other Justice Stakeholders, as of April 4, 2022, the new scheduling model for the Administration of Adult Criminal matters in Thompson Court Centre takes effect. This Notice does not apply to the Thompson circuit locations. The new scheduling model has been created to increase the efficiency and timeliness of moving matters through the court system.

Links to the documents which have been shared and discussed in advance with the Thompson bar and other stakeholders, are provided below:

Thompson Pre Trial Coordinator Protocol;
Thompson Courtroom Designation Schedule
Thompson CM flowcharts (pdf)

Please ensure you are familiar with these documents.”

See the full notice for more details.

All Provincial Court notices are available on the Manitoba Courts website.

Provincial Court Notice: Resumption of sittings and special sittings

February 18, 2022 – Provincial Court of Manitoba will begin resuming all regularly scheduled sittings and special sittings effective Monday, February 28, 2022.

“The Court will resume all regularly scheduled sittings and all previously scheduled special sittings in all locations and will resume hearing all matters including trials, preliminary inquiries, dispositions and bail applications in all court centres and circuit locations, subject to specific localized closures. Judicial Justice of the Peace dockets in Thompson circuit locations will continue to be held remotely until further notice.”

“Unless counsel is already appearing on a matter requiring a personal appearance, the presumption that counsel and accused persons will appear remotely continues to apply to all other matters where nothing substantive is expected to take place.”

“The Provincial Court of Manitoba remains closed to members of the general public.”

See the full notice for more details.

All Provincial Court COVID related notices are available on the Manitoba Courts website.

New Notices: Stony Mountain Institution Charges

Notice – Stony Mountain Institution Charges (February 10, 2022)

“Effective immediately, all criminal charges originating from Stony Mountain Institution will be dealt with in Winnipeg and will no longer appear on the Stonewall Provincial Court docket. This change reflects the public interest in ensuring matters requiring a heightened level of security are heard in the most appropriate court venue. This Notice applies to all appearances including trials, preliminary hearings and dispositions.”

Additional protocols and information are available in the notice.

All Provincial Court news and announcements are available here.

New Notices: COVID-19 Update

January 18, 2022 – Notice – Provincial Court of Manitoba RE: COVID-19 Suspension and Restriction of Hearings

“This Notice is further to the Notices issued December 23, 2021 and December 29, 2021. We continue to be concerned about the COVID-19 numbers and the Omicron variant. Given this, and in order to continue to balance the health and safety of court participants with providing meaningful access to justice, we will be extending the court closures set out in the above noted Notices up to and including February 25, 2022.”

“Please review the Notice of January 7, 2022, as a reminder on how to book remote appearances.”

Visit the Manitoba Courts website for all COVID related notices.

New Notices: QB Rule 76 Amendment. PC Suspension of Hearings

December 22, 2021 – Amendments to the Court of Queen’s Bench Rules

“On November 12, 2021, The Queen’s Bench Statutory Rules Committee met and passed Queen’s Bench Rule Amendments dealing with Rule 76 Small Claims. The Rule 76 Amendments are required to align with amendments to the Court of Queen’s Bench Small Claims Practices Act coming into force on January 1, 2022.

The Rule 76 amendments address appeals of a decision of a court officer, with a new requirement for an Application for Leave to Appeal and Notice of Appeal to be accompanied by a copy of the transcript of proceedings before the court officer or proof that a transcript of the proceedings has been ordered.

The full text of the amendments, Manitoba Regulation 151/2021, can be located at: https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/regs/annual/2021/151.pdf.”

See here for all Queen’s Bench Notices and Practice Directions.


Notice – Suspension and Restrictions of Hearings (December 23, 2021)

” Effective immediately in all centres, all adult and youth in custody bail and disposition courts will continue to sit and all bails and dispositions will presumptively be done virtually, either by video or telephone until further notice. Bail Triage will proceed virtually.”

“Effective January 4, 2022, in the major court centres of Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Brandon, Dauphin, The Pas and Thompson, the Provincial Court of Manitoba will hear all in custody and out of custody trials, continuations, special sittings and preliminary hearings in person.”

For more information including Gun Prohibition Court, Legal Aid Administrative Court, Private Prosecution Court, Circuit Locations, Child Protection and Family Matters, and others, see the full notice.

Visit the Manitoba Courts website for all COVID related notices.