The Manitoba Law Reform Commission is an independent law reform agency created in 1970 by The Law Reform Commission Act. Its role is to improve, modernize and reform the law and administration of justice in Manitoba. Projects of law reform are initiated in response to suggestions from the public, the legal profession and Manitoba’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General. The Commission carries out research and consultation and makes formal recommendations for law reform to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General. The Commission’s work is funded by grants from the Government of Manitoba and the Manitoba Law Foundation.
On February 10, 2017, the Commission released a Final Report on Improving the Small Claims System in Manitoba. The Commission makes 11 recommendations to improve The Court of Queen’s Bench Small Claims Practices Act and procedure regarding Small Claims Court. This report is part of the Commission’s project on Access to Courts and Court Processes. The Commission’s recommendations are intended to improve the administration of justice in Manitoba.
On February 21, 2017, the Commission released a Final Report on Substitute Powers of Attorney. This report forms part of a series of reports entitled Creating Efficiencies in the Law, which seek to address discrete, straightforward issues that, in the Commission’s view, can be improved with relatively simple legislative amendments.
The Manitoba Law Reform Commission does not provide legal advice, interpret the law or conduct research for individuals or organizations. The Commission does not have the authority to intervene or review individual cases, or the actions of government or regulatory agencies.