Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench
|May 15, 2020||
NOTICE RE: SMALL CLAIMS COURT
Small Claims matters that had been scheduled to be heard between March 17, 2020 and June 7, 2020 will be assigned to an administrative list that will proceed by teleconference. At the administrative list, the Small Claims Court Officer will evaluate the status of the matter, discuss next steps, and schedule a date for the hearing of the claim (the trial), if required.
Small Claims contested matters (trials) scheduled on or after June 8, 2020 will proceed in person. Access to courthouses will be restricted to only claimants, defendants, counsel and witnesses.
All other Small Claims matters, including first appearances, uncontested, motor vehicle accident and collections lists, scheduled on or after June 8, 2020 will proceed by way of teleconference until further notice.
|May 12, 2020||
NOTICE RE: HEARING OF CIVIL MOTIONS DURING SUMMER COURT RECESS
During the summer court recess from June 29 to September 7, 2020, the Winnipeg uncontested civil motions list will sit on Wednesdays and Fridays each week. The civil uncontested list will operate by teleconference commencing at 10:00 a.m.
Emergency matters during these days will first need to be placed on an uncontested list. Emergency matters outside those days can be arranged by contacting the Civil Motion Coordinator or, if unavailable, calling the court’s off-hours emergency number.
|May 11, 2020||
NOTICE MANITOBA COURT OF QUEEN’S BENCH MASTERS RE: COVID-19 NOTICE TO THE PROFESSION PROCEDURAL UPDATE
This notice provides updates on the following: maintenance enforcement dockets; child protection dockets; family division prerequisite motions; masters' civil and family motions uncontested lists; and bankruptcy dockets.
In Winnipeg Centre: With the exception of any scheduled viva voce reference hearings that had been adjourned, all adjourned matters, including hearings for directions, may be rescheduled to proceed remotely by contacting the masters’ coordinator after May 22, 2020, by email or telephone as set out above.
|April 9, 2020||
Notice to the Profession and Notice to the Media
We are further limiting attendance to individuals at court proceedings at all courthouses province-wide. Beginning Tuesday, April 14, 2020, no more than two support persons per accused or victim will be allowed to attend proceedings. The only exception to this would be for a child witness appearing on a matter –a maximum of two support persons would be allowed in this specific instance. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind all counsel of the social distancing recommendations currently in place. Please ensure you are respecting the recommended two metre or six foot limit between yourself and other participants to the proceedings like court clerks and sheriffs.