Courts and Legal Proceedings

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are the courts still hearing family law matters?

    Most family matters set to proceed before a Master will proceed. These matters may proceed remotely, for safety reasons. For more information about how these matters will proceed, see the May 11 Master’s notice here. Maintenance Enforcement dockets are suspended until further notice.

    All family trials set to proceed between January 12 and January 29, 2021 will be heard by video conference, as long as all parties are represented by counsel. Otherwise, they will be adjourned to January 29th for rescheduling. For more information, see the December 21st notice here.

    For more information about whether your matter is proceeding, please contact your court centre:

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  • Are the courts still hearing child protection matters?

    Child protection dockets are running. Child protection dockets from circuit courts will be held in Winnipeg, Thompson, The Pas, Dauphin and Portage la Prairie, on the same date the child protection docket was to take place in the circuit court. Only lawyers are allowed to appear in person, but are encouraged to do so by phone instead. Parents can participate by having their lawyers call them and put them on speaker phone.

    Child protection trials are cancelled up to January 29, 2021, unless a teleconference hearing has been scheduled.

    For more information, view the December 30, 2020 court notice here:

    http://www.manitobacourts.mb.ca/site/assets/files/1966/notice_52_-_provincial_court_-_covid-19_-_circuit_courts_replacement_dates_december_30_2020_-_e.pdf

  • Are the courts still holding bail hearings?

    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.

  • Are the courts still holding jury trials?

    No. There will be no new jury trials until after June 30th. Cases will either be decided by a judge alone or rescheduled.

  • Are the courts hearing out of custody criminal matters?

    All out of custody court appearances from January 11 – January 29 have been adjourned to new dates in February and March. For a list of new court dates and more information, see the court notice below that applies to you.

    For more information, consult the full list of Provincial Court notices here.

    When court sittings resume, appearances for Winnipeg out of custody matters (PTC court or “paper court”) will be held at counter 100D in the courthouse at 408 York Ave. For more information and scheduling, view the December 1, 2020 court notice here:

    http://manitobacourts.mb.ca/site/assets/files/1175/provincial_court_-_counter_court_december_1_2020_-_e.pdf

  • Are the courts hearing small claims matters?

    Small Claims Court will resume in-person hearings on June 8, 2020.

    Adjourned hearings set between March 17 and June 7, 2020 will be assigned to an administrative list by teleconference.

    Call the court if you have not received a letter by June 3, 2020:

    http://www.manitobacourts.mb.ca/site/assets/files/1966/notice_-_small_claims_court_may_15_2020.pdf

  • Are the courts still scheduling court tours?

    No, as of March 16, 2020.

  • Is the Court of Appeal still hearing matters?

    Yes—but until further notice, all appeals hearings will be conducted remotely.

    For more information, view the court notice here:

    http://www.manitobacourts.mb.ca/site/assets/files/1966/ca_notice_november_2_2020_3.pdf

  • Are there any changes at the Appeal Commission?

    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.

  • Is the Residential Tenancies Branch scheduling any hearings for Orders of Possession?

    Hearings for eviction for late rent payment were temporarily paused. Orders of Possession for impairment of safety or unlawful activity were always being scheduled. However, the Residential Tenancies Branch is now scheduling all hearings, including those dealing with late rent payments as of October 1, 2020.

  • Are hearings at the Manitoba Labour Board postponed?

    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:

    Manitoba Labour Board

  • Who is allowed to be in the courtrooms?

    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.

  • How do I know if my hearing is proceeding?

    There are frequent changes to procedure at Manitoba Courts at this time. Check out their website for COVID-19 Notices involving suspensions of hearings, rescheduling, remote hearings, closures, and restrictions on Registry filings:

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  • Where can I find information about court closures across Canada?

    Helpful compilation on court closures and restrictions across Canada:

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