Courts and Legal Proceedings

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are the courts still hearing family law matters?

    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:

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  • Are the courts still hearing child protection matters?

    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.

  • 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 be decided either by a judge alone or rescheduled.

  • Are the courts hearing out of custody criminal matters?

    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:

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  • 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 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?

    Assuming the public health situation remains stable, the Court of Appeal plans to resume in-person hearings on August 24. Notice here:

    Manitoba Courts

  • 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 late rent payment are not being scheduled. However, hearings for Orders of Possession for impairment of safety or unlawful activity are being scheduled.

  • 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.

  • 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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