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, 2020 Master’s notice here. Maintenance Enforcement dockets are suspended until further notice.

    All family trials will be heard as scheduled by video conference, if all parties are represented by counsel. All other trials will be adjourned to June 18, 2021 for rescheduling. For more information, see the March 17, 2021 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 the nearest court centre (Winnipeg, Thompson, The Pas, Dauphin or 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 will proceed as scheduled.

    For more information, view the March 15, 2021 court notice here:

    www.manitobacourts.mb.ca/site/assets/files/1993/notice_61_-_provincial_court_-_covid-19_-_resuming_of_circuit_court_sittings_and_trials_in_major_court_centres_march_15_2021.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?

    All jury trials scheduled between April 1 and June 25, 2021, will be presumed to proceed as scheduled. However, this situation may change as the COVID situation develops.

  • Are the courts hearing out of custody criminal matters?

    As of April 1st, 2021, all judge-alone criminal trials in the Court of Queen’s Bench will proceed as scheduled and in person.

    All out of custody trials and preliminary hearings taking place in one of the Provincial Court’s six main centres (Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Brandon, Dauphin, The Pas, and Thompson) will proceed as scheduled. Sentencings in Provincial Court will generally proceed by teleconference. Sentencings where jail time is possible may proceed in person.

    Appearances for offences under The Provincial Offences Act and The Highway Traffic Act will be rescheduled to a date after May 3, 2021. You will be notified of the new date by mail. Fines can still be paid in the meantime.

    PTC/PCC court (or “paper court”) appearances will be held over teleconference throughout April and May. Lawyers will be able to call in and handle these appearances ahead of time. If you are representing yourself on one of these matters, see the January 28, 2021 notice for instructions.

    For more information, including information about circuit court reopenings, consult the most recent Provincial Court notice here, or the full list of Provincial Court notices here.

  • 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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