Frequently Asked Questions
All family matters set to proceed before a Master on or after May 25 will proceed. These matters may proceed remotely, for safety reasons.
All family trials scheduled for May 26 or later will proceed as scheduled. Only people who are necessary to the trial will be allowed into court. Safety precautions will remain in effect at all court locations.
For more information about whether your matter is proceeding, please contact your court centre:
Child Protection dockets started up again on April 16, 2020. Only agency counsel and lawyers for the parents will appear by teleconference. Parents can participate by having their lawyers call them and put them on speaker phone.
Yes. In order to reduce the number of people present in courtrooms, the court is allowing defence counsel and Crown counsel to make bail submissions by telephone wherever possible. Accused persons being held in custody are appearing by video, wherever possible.
If you are applying to act as a surety for an accused person and want to address the court, speak to the accused person’s lawyer ahead of the bail hearing.
No. There will be no new jury trials until after June 30th. Cases will be decided either by a judge alone or rescheduled.
Beginning June 1st, courts across the province will gradually resume hearing out of custody matters such as trials, dispositions, and dockets. The courts will remain closed to the general public, and special safety measures will remain in place in all court locations.
If you have a court date scheduled for June 1st or later, please contact your lawyer or the courthouse to find out if you need to be there:
Small Claims Court will resume in-person hearings on June 8, 2020.
Adjourned hearings set between March 17 and June 7 will be assigned to an administrative list by teleconference.
Call the court if you have not received a letter by June 3, 2020:
No, as of March 16, 2020.
Assuming the public health situation remains stable, the Court of Appeal plans to resume in-person hearings on August 24. Notice here:
The Appeal Commission hears appeals from the Workers Compensation Board Review Office or the Reconsideration Committee. They also hear appeals from victims of crime filed under The Criminal Injuries Compensation Act and The Victims’ Bill of Rights. They are holding hearings by video conference or teleconference.
Hearings for late rent payment are not being scheduled. However, hearings for Orders of Possession for impairment of safety or unlawful activity are being scheduled.
As of June 21, the Manitoba Labour Board has resumed some of its in-person activities, including hearings. For more information, visit the Board’s website here:
As of March 16th, only lawyers, litigants, accused, witnesses, victim service workers and members of the media will be allowed into courtrooms.
As of September 10th, everyone in a public area of a courthouse is required to wear a mask. You may also be required to wear a mask in a courtroom, although this is up to the judge. For more information, read the notice found here.
Helpful compilation on court closures and restrictions across Canada: