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 15, 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.
MB Court of Appeal hearings will be conducted remotely by videoconferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read full April 3, 2020 Notice at:
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.
Starting March 16, 2020, hearings at the Manitoba Labour Board were postponed. Mediations and case conferences are being held by teleconference. The Board may also consider adjourning mediations and case conferences. You can electronically file Applications, complaints, interventions, referrals, requests, appeals, and other submissions. The Board temporarily will not require a statutory declaration for filed material. Also, they may consider extensions of time for filing replies and responses in some cases.
As of March 16th, only lawyers, litigants, accused, witnesses, victim service workers and members of the media will be allowed into courtrooms.
Helpful compilation on court closures and restrictions across Canada: