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Manitoba Justice administers the civil and criminal justice systems in Manitoba. Its responsibilities come from provincial legislation such as:

  • The Department of Justice Act
  • The Correctional Services Act
  • The Legal Aid Manitoba Act
  • The Victims’ Bill of Rights

Canada’s Constitution Act, 1867 also makes the department responsible for federal legislation including the Criminal Code and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

On behalf of the province, Manitoba Justice is also responsible for administering and enforcing more than 100 additional provincial statutes relating to civil law, court administration, correctional services, regulatory provisions and related matters.

In addition to core criminal justice responsibilities, Manitoba Justice is responsible for other services including:

  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Public Guardian and Trustee
  • Law Enforcement Review Agency (LERA)

The department also provides funding to a number of arm’s-length bodies including:

  • Human Rights Commission
  • Legal Aid Manitoba
  • Law Reform Commission

With such a diverse range of services, Manitoba Justice is a large department employing over 3,000 people housed in many regional offices and operational facilities around the province.

Members of department staff provide varied expertise. They include

  • lawyers
  • correctional officers
  • managers
  • administrators
  • financial officials
  • law enforcement specialists
  • information technologists
  • social workers
  • teachers
  • nurses
  • paralegals
  • clerical and support staff

For more information, follow this link to the Manitoba Justice Annual Report.

Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission
The Manitoba government established the independent Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission in November of 1999 to develop an action plan on practical, cost effective and attainable methods of implementing the recommendations of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry (AJI). The AJI was established in April 1988 to investigate the condition of Aboriginal people in the justice system.

Administration and Finance
Administration and Finance provides the department's fiscal control and human resource services. It also provides administrative services and information technology support, including co-ordination of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) access requests, website management and governance of funding for the Legal Aid Services Society. Follow this link for employment information.

Community Justice
Manitoba takes a balanced approach to justice, the traditional court system and the community based justice system. The Community Justice branch supports over 60 justice committees and several community based justice programs.

Civil Justice
Civil Justice consists of several branches and agencies:

  • Civil Legal Services functions as the law firm to the Manitoba government. It provides legal services to all government departments, agencies, boards, commissions, committees and government corporations that do not have their own legal counsel. The branch does not provide legal services to the public.
  • The Family Law branch provides legal services and advice about family law to government departments. It helps government develop family law policy, programs and legislative initiatives. It also works to increase awareness of family law initiatives and issues among the general public and the legal profession. For more information on family law, please visit: Family Justice.
  • The Constitutional Law branch provides the government with legal services in respect of constitutional matters. Branch lawyers defend legislation and government programs before the courts in response to constitutional challenges in both civil and criminal cases. The branch also advises government departments on the federal constitution, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For more information on the constitution and the charter, click here:

    Constitution Acts 1867 to 1982 (English)
    Constitution Acts 1867 to 1982 (French)

  • The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identifies situations involving risk to human life. The Chief Medical Examiner (CME) investigates all unexpected, unexplained, suspicious, violent and children's deaths in Manitoba. If a relative dies suddenly and you are contacted by the CME, this site will help you to understand the procedures followed before and after an inquiry or investigation. Find out more at this link.
  • The Manitoba Human Rights Commission (MHRC) is an independent agency under Civil Justice. It operates under The Human Rights Code and works towards reducing unreasonable discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination for all Manitobans. Have you been a victim of unreasonable discrimination? Use this link for Manitoba human rights information.
  • The Manitoba Law Reform Commission (MLRC) is an independent Manitoba agency established by The Law Reform Commission Act. It reviews and recommends reforms aimed at modernizing and improving provincial laws.
  • The Legal Aid Manitoba Act establishes Legal Aid Manitoba as an independent agency that provides legal services to individuals, groups and organizations who may have difficulty affording to hire a lawyer.

Courts division provides the staff and services who operate the courts in Manitoba. This includes staff such as court clerks and sheriffs and services such as fines collection and the Maintenance Enforcement Program.

Corrections is the largest division of Manitoba Justice. It administers sentences imposed by the courts on offenders who are in custody or on probation. Use this link for more information about Manitoba Justice Corrections.

Criminal Justice Division
Criminal Justice ensures adequate police protection is available in all areas of Manitoba. It works closely with the RCMP, municipal and Aboriginal police forces. It also administers the Private Investigators and Security Guards Program, the Public Safety Investigation Unit and a wide range of victims' services.

  • Law Enforcement Review Agency (LERA)
    The Law Enforcement Review Agency (LERA) is an independent agency under Criminal Justice. If you have a complaint against a member of a municipal police force in Manitoba, you have a right to say what happened and be listened to. The Law Enforcement Review Agency is an independent non-police agency mandated to investigate public complaints of abuse of authority by on-duty municipal police officers, under the authority of The Law Enforcement Review Act. The RCMP has its own independent complaints process. If you have a complaint about an RCMP officer, visit the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP website.

Legislative Counsel
Legislative Counsel plays a central role in drafting bills for the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, whether they originate within Manitoba Justice or with another department, agency or a private member of the Legislative Assembly.

Policy Development and Analysis
Policy Development and Analysis takes a lead role in developing new legislation, policies and programs, and provides advice to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and to other parts of the department.

Manitoba Prosecutions Service Division
The Manitoba Prosecutions Service brings cases to court in Winnipeg and over 60 other communities within Manitoba. Use the following link for a general description of how the criminal legal process works.

Community Notification Advisory Committee
Visit the Community Notification Advisory Committee web pages to learn how Manitoba Justice works with other agencies to deliver community notifications about high-risk sex offenders.

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