Effective September 1, 2013
This policy addresses the use to be made of electronic devices in courtrooms of the Manitoba Court of Appeal, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench and the Provincial Court of Manitoba (“the Court”). It is premised on the fair and proper administration of justice and the open court principle.
Notwithstanding any provision of this policy, the use of electronic devices in respect of a specific proceeding or hearing before a Manitoba court is subject to the direction or order of the presiding judge, who retains the discretion to allow or prohibit the possession or use of an electronic device in respect of that specific proceeding or hearing. Nothing in this policy alters the effect of a publication ban, sealing order or other restriction imposed by statute or the court, limiting the access to or publication of information relating to a court record or proceeding.
Notwithstanding any provision of this policy, any person may request, through the filing of the appropriate notice of motion with the court, the permission to be able to use an electronic device in a Manitoba court facility, courtroom, or court proceeding or hearing.
This policy applies to members of the media, members of the legal profession and members of the public in attendance at court facilities in Manitoba.
For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:
“Eligible media”: media professionals employed by media organizations who wear visible photo identification authorized and issued by their media organization. A media organization, for the purpose of this definition, is one that applies professional standards of journalism andprovides guidance and editorial oversight, including legal advice as required, to the work of the media professional.
“Electronic device” –any device capable of electronically transmitting and/or recording data or audio through wired or wireless means, including smartphones, cellular phones, digital still and video cameras, computers, laptops, tablets, notebooks, personal mobile data device, or other similar devices.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Justices and Chief Judge