Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services
Unified Family Court (Manitoba)
Type of service
Family Court Services
The three levels of court in Manitoba that deal with family cases are the Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench (Family Division) and the Court of Appeal.
In rural and northern areas of Manitoba for accessibility reasons, the Provincial Court of Manitoba can deal with certain types of family law matters falling within its jurisdiction. Only the Court of Queen’s Bench (Family Division) can deal with applications for divorce, division of family property and adoption.
The Court of Queen’s Bench (Family Division) is a unified family court whose judges specialize in family law. Additionally, Family Conciliation, a provincial government service staffed by professional counsellors, works with the court to assist families to resolve custody, access and private guardianship issues.
The Court of Appeal hears appeals from people who are not satisfied with a decision of the Court of Queen’s Bench or the Provincial Court. From time to time the Supreme Court of Canada will consider appeals from the Manitoba Court of Appeal on family law issues. The person seeking to appeal must first obtain permission (leave) from the Supreme Court of Canada.
Pilot or ongoing service
Courts Division, Manitoba Department of Justice
How to access this service
By initiating court proceedings under the applicable family-related legislation.
English and French
Please refer to the following website for additional information on Manitoba Courts:
The Family Law in Manitoba, 2014, booklet contains information on court procedures and services:
Court filing fees apply to family law proceedings in the Court of Queen’s Bench (Family Division) and The Court of Appeal.
Governing legislation/legislative authority
The legislative authority for the Provincial Court is The Provincial Court Act, C.C.S.M. c. C275
The Provincial Court (Family Division) Rules, Man. Reg. 87/88
The legislative authority for the Court of Queen’s Bench (Family Division) is The Court of Queen’s Bench Act, C.C.S.M. c. C280
The Court of Queen’s Bench Rules, Man Reg. 553/88, in particular Rule 70
The legislative authority for the Court of Appeal is The Court of Appeal Act, C.C.S.M. c. C240
The Court of Appeal Rules, Man. Reg. 555/88
Please refer to the following website for court contact information: http://www.manitobacourts.mb.ca
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