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Manitoba Justice administers the civil and criminal justice systems in Manitoba. Its responsibilities come from provincial legislation such as:
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:
The department also provides funding to a number of arm’s-length bodies including:
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
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.
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 consists of several branches and agencies:
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.
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.