Current Projects

Access to Courts and Court Processes: Small Estates

The Commission is examining ways in which certain court processes can be made more accessible and affordable to Manitobans. The Commission has already completed its project on the small claims system as part of its Access to Courts and Court Processes project and is currently working on the next part of this initiative, which will examine ways to improve the administration of small estates under Section 47(1) of The Court of Queen’s Bench Surrogate Practices Act.

Construction Law

The last major update to The Builders’ Liens Act took place in the early 1980s, prompted by the Commission’s 1979 Report #32, Mechanics’ Liens Legislation in Manitoba. While the construction industry continues to evolve, it appears that the laws governing the industry have fallen out of step with the practical realities of the industry. The Commission is planning to undertake a broad study of this area in order to make recommendations to improve, modernize and clarify the legislation in consultation with stakeholders and experts.

Creating Efficiencies in the Law

The Commission will continue to address relatively straightforward legislative solutions to promote the efficient administrative of justice in its series on Creating Efficiencies in the Law. The first report in this series, Substitute Powers of Attorney (Report #133) was released in February 2017.