The Supreme Court of Canada is in Winnipeg

The Supreme Court of Canada is in Winnipeg, September 23-27, 2019. This visit is a historic first, as the Supreme Court has never been in session outside of Ottawa.

All nine Supreme Court judges heard two appeals, both of which were open to the public.

The first appeal was R. v. K.G.K. (Manitoba) – This case is about the right to a criminal trial within a reasonable time. The Supreme Court has to decide whether the time a judge takes to decide a case should count when deciding if a trial is taking too long. A webcast of the hearing is available on the Supreme Court website.

The second appeal was Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia (B.C.) – This case is about language education rights for French speakers in British Columbia. The Supreme Court has to decide what school services B.C. must have for its French-speaking community. A webcast of this hearing is also available.

On their final day in Winnipeg, the Supreme Court judges will be meeting with various Manitoba communities, including First Nations, Métis, francophone as well as University of Manitoba law students.

See the full press release from the Government of Manitoba.