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 this quickly, and have obtained feedback from the profession through a survey conducted last week. The Benchers of the Law Society will be asked to consider a broad range of issues that impact on articling students and law firms at a meeting to be convened on Monday April 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm.
Civil Pre-trial and Case Management Conferences – Conference Call on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.
Sent on behalf of Chief Justice Joyal – The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench will be during this crisis resuming some level of judicial service in the realm of civil pre-trial and case management conferences, to be undertaken remotely by teleconference. It should be noted that these judicial services represent an amendment from previous direction contained in the Notice of April 2, 2020. Associate Chief Justice Perlmutter and I will elaborate on the details of this initiative on a conference call with counsel from the civil bar on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 1 p.m. You and up to two members of your firm are invited to participate in this conference call.
Participants can join the conference call by dialing 1-416-874-8100 and then, following the automated prompts, enter the Conference ID 6525538, followed by the pound key (#).
Lawyers provide Critical Services per Province of Manitoba Public Health Order
On March 30, 2020 the Manitoba government issued a public health order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All businesses listed in the schedule of critical services that accompanies the order may continue to operate. This includes lawyers. However, if the business allows members of the public to attend at the place of business, the operator of the business must implement measures to ensure that persons attending the place of business are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from other persons who are attending.
Guidance for Legal Professionals testing or presumptively positive for COVID – 19
A lawyer who tests positively for COVID-19 will have some ethical obligations to both colleagues and clients. Please see here for guidance.
Law Society remote operations extended to May 1
The Law Society has been operating remotely since March 17. We are working diligently, together with our many stakeholders, to support the legal community with important updates and practice management information during this time of change.
As a result of the Province’s recent public health order we anticipate a continued need to maintain physical distancing and other personal protective actions. We have therefore extended our work from home protocol for all LSM employees through to and including Friday, May 1. We will continue to update the professions as the situation evolves.
Brand New Resource – eLex
Introducing eLex – a newsletter from the Great Library emphasising decisions and articles relevant to the legal profession in Manitoba. Issued monthly, eLex will inform readers of the latest in select decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, and all three levels of Manitoba courts, organized by practice area. Additional content will include articles and annotations from legal journals, and practice notices and directives from Manitoba Courts. eLex – one stop for your legal information needs.