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September 26, 2023

Standing Hearing Set for Inquest into Death of James Robert Stewart

A hearing date has been set to determine who can participate in the upcoming inquest into the death of James Robert Stewart, 40, of St. Laurent.

On Nov. 4, 2020, Stewart died of a drug overdose after being arrested and taken into custody by the Winnipeg Police Service.

Under the Fatality Inquiries Act, an inquest has been called by the chief medical examiner. Inquests explore the circumstances and events leading to deaths to find out what, if anything, might be done to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Before the inquest begins, the judge will decide who can participate in the process and question witnesses. Individuals and groups may make an application to be granted standing and participate in the inquest. Those interested in applying for standing should contact Kristee Logan, inquest counsel, at 204-945-2852 or by Nov. 15.

The standing hearing will be held on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. in courtroom 408 at the Manitoba Law Courts Complex, 408 York Ave., Winnipeg.

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