COVID-19 Update: New Orders Issued under the Emergency Measures Act

Notice Update – posted September 17, 2020 Order on Suspension of In- Person Commissioning or Witnessing of Documents This Order temporarily suspends the requirements for in person commissioning and witnessing of certain critical documents. It sets out steps required when taking an oath or witnessing the signing by video conferencing or through glass or plexiglass. The […]

COVID-19 Articling Update: New Recruitment Guidelines & Changes to PREP Admission Requirements

On April 14, we announced changes to articling requirements. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, June 2020 recruitment of articling students for Winnipeg positions in 2021-22 was postponed. In consultation with firms that intended to participate in the June recruitment and with the Career Development Office at Robson Hall, New Recruitment Guidelines have been created for […]

Guidance for Legal Professionals Filing A Non-compliant Document in Court – Sample Undertaking

During this pandemic, the Court is prepared to accept unsworn versions of affidavits and declarations provided the lawyer gives an undertaking to perfect the document before the hearing. The Court notice says it requires “an undertaking by the lawyer that an original of the affidavit or declaration that complies with the formal requisites will be […]

Changes to Articling Requirements Due to COVID-19

In response to concerns from both students and the legal profession related to the economic and logistical challenges that are resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Law Society of Manitoba has made changes to the articling requirements to provide flexibility for both students and law firms as they navigate the articling period. These changes directly […]

COVID-19 Update: Ransomware Alert and Blue Cross Immediate Support Line Now Available

Computer Virus Pandemic In the past two weeks, two Manitoba law firms have been hit by viruses – not COVID-19, but computer viruses, specifically a ransomware virus called MAZE. It is suspected that someone clicked on a link or an attachment in an email that was infected with a virus which in turn infected the […]

COVID -19 Update: Articling and other New Resources and Notices

Articling We recognize that a very significant issue for lawyers, law firms and articling students (both the current and incoming class) revolves around the ability of law firms to effectively supervise articling students remotely, the impact on students’ ability to complete their articles and obtain their Call to the Bar. We are working to address […]

COVID-19 Update: Engaging with Stakeholders & Important Reminders

Engaging with Stakeholders to Provide COVID-19 Updates As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we are engaging with various stakeholder groups such as the government, courts and Teranet Manitoba to provide important updates to Manitoba lawyers and to address issues that have been identified by the profession. These circumstances are raising challenging issues for the […]

COVID-19 Updates: More LSM News and Resources

AMR Filing Extended to May 1, 2020 The usual deadline for filing the Annual Member Report is April 1, 2020. Although most of you complete it on-line, we appreciate that many of you are occupied by more pressing issues in your practice as you respond to the COVID-19 crisis. In the circumstances, the Law Society […]

Anti-Money Laundering Requirements

The Law Society understands that members may face challenges in meeting their obligations under the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing rules. While we continue to expect that members will do everything possible to meet all of their obligations, we recognize that it may be challenging to verify a client’s identity where the member and his/her […]