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News Release - Manitoba

September 23, 2019


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First Time Supreme Court will Hear Case Outside of Ottawa: Cullen

The province of Manitoba is pleased to welcome the Supreme Court of Canada to Winnipeg this week to visit with Manitobans and preside over the first ever hearings outside of Ottawa, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced today.

“We are honoured to have been chosen for this historic visit by this important national institution,” said Cullen.  “This is a significant opportunity for Manitobans to witness first-hand how decisions that affect us all are made in the highest court of the land.  We welcome the Supreme Court of Canada and look forward to learning more about how they work.”

The Supreme Court will hear two appeals, which will be open to everyone.  All nine judges will meet with Manitobans throughout the week at various outreach events.

“The decisions we make at the Supreme Court of Canada affect all Canadians and all Canadians have an important stake in what we do,” said Chief Justice Richard Wagner.  “Our visit to Winnipeg is part of our commitment to access to justice for all Canadians.  We look forward to this opportunity to meet with Manitobans and speak to community groups about our work.”

Canada’s final court of appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, consists of nine judges including the chief justice of Canada.  It is the head of the judicial branch of government, deciding legal issues of public importance and contributing to the development of all branches of law in Canada.

More information about the visit is available at:

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