Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba

Court Of Queen's Bench Of Manitoba

Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba

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The Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba (in French: Cour du Banc de la Reine du Manitoba) is the superior court of the Canadian province of Manitoba. The court is divided into the Family Division and the General Division.

The Family Division deals with family law cases including divorces, guardianships, adoptions and child welfare.

The General Division deals with all other matters, including civil trials, probate law, indictable offences and applications for the review of decisions from certain administrative tribunals.

History of the Court

In May 1871 the legislature of Manitoba enacted The Supreme Court Act to establish a superior court with original and appellate jurisdiction in the province. The law provided:

<blockquote>There shall be constituted a Court of Justice for the Province of Manitoba, to be styled "The SupremeCourt," which shall have jurisdiction over ail matters of Law and Equity, ail matters of wills and intestacy,and shall possess such powers and authorities in relation to matters of Local or Provincial jurisdiction,as in England are distributed among the Superior Courts of Law and Equity, and of Probate.</blockquote>

The Act also established inferior courts known as Petty Sessions.

In 1872, The Supreme Court Act was amended by the Manitoba legislature to change the name of the court to "The Court of Queen's Bench". The first Chief Justice was appointed in July 1872. In the same year, the Petty Sessions were abolished and...
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