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News Release - Manitoba

August 31, 2017


New legislation focused on ensuring the safety and security of Manitobans at court facilities comes into effect tomorrow, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson announced today. 

“This is an important step forward to ensure Manitobans can continue to feel safe while engaging with the justice system throughout the province,” said Stefanson.  “In addition to providing greater clarity on acceptable conduct in our courthouses, the changes also ensure sheriff officers have the ability to proactively respond to potentially dangerous situations.” 

New provisions under The Court Security Act allow sheriff officers to deal with potential threats and aggressive individuals more effectively by:

  • allowing sheriffs to evict people from the court if they are believed to be a threat or may disrupt court operations;
  • specifying screening procedures that can be used including X-ray machines and physical searches; and
  • clearly defining what is considered a prohibited weapon or prohibited item in court facilities including explosive devices, alcohol, drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

“The Manitoba Bar Association is pleased to see these amendments as they enhance the safety of everyone involved in the justice system including the judiciary, lawyers, all court staff and the many members of the public who attend court on a daily basis,” said Melissa Beaumont, president, Manitoba Bar Association. 

These changes follow a provincial review of security policies and related legislation.  The minister noted Manitoba’s updated approach is similar to the authority given to sheriff officers in several other provinces. 

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