- All jury trials scheduled are being adjourned until further notice;
- All matters scheduled before small claims adjudicators and case management masters are adjourned until further notice;
- All non-essential or non-urgent matters are being adjourned until further notice;
- Matters that may be considered in Chambers will continue uninterrupted;
- The offices of the Clerk of the Court of Queen’s Bench will remain open at reduced capacity to allow for the filing of documents;
- The ability to file documents electronically is an option being considered urgently and further directives will follow;
ACCESS TO CLERKS’ OFFICES
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to limit in person contact in the Court houses across the Province, the Clerk’s office and the Queen’s Bench section of the Registrar’s office will only be available by appointment by contacting the appropriate office. Telephone and email access remain in effect during regular office hours but with reduced staff. Please refer to contact information provided at the end of this directive.
FILING OF DOCUMENTS
Given the exceptional circumstances caused by the current COVID19 pandemic, the Court of Queen’s Bench will accept the filing of documents via electronic means and fax, as well as in the traditional manner.
The filing of documents will be accepted in the Court of Queen’s Bench (Trial Division and Family Division) and Small Claims Court, by mail, courier, fax, electronic filing by email, or by leaving the documents in a secure box set out for that purpose and located in a designated place in each Court House. For electronic filing by email, please refer to the email addresses listed below for each Judicial District.
Filing of documents in the Probate Court will only be accepted by mail, courier or by leaving the documents in a secure box set out for that purpose and located in a designated place in each Court House.
Payment of filing fees for e-filing or filing by fax may be made by credit card by calling the telephone number of the Judicial Districts listed below. Please refer to contact information provided at the end of this directive.
Filing of Petitions/Applications for Divorce and Answer and Counter-Petitions will only be accepted for filing by mail, courier or by leaving the documents in the secure box set out for that purpose located outside Room 202 in the Justice Building in Fredericton. Filing fees (certified cheque or money order) must be included. All other documents for the Divorce Registry may be filed via e-mail at the address mentioned below.
Bankruptcy documents can be filed by mail, courier, fax, electronic filing by email, or by leaving the documents in the secure box set out for that purpose located outside Room 202 in the Justice Building in Fredericton. Filing fees for bankruptcy documents must still be sent by cheque.
SMALL CLAIMS COURT
All small claims scheduled between now and August 1st will be adjourned with new dates to be set after August 1st, 2020. New small claims filed will be scheduled to be heard according to availability post August 1st. Small claims are being adjourned until August so that the small claims adjudicators are available to lend their assistance to the inevitable backlog of cases in the family division which will have accumulated during the cessation of normal court operations.
APRIL AND MAY MOTION’S DAYS
The regular motion’s days scheduled for April 14th, 2020 and May 4th, 2020 are adjourned. However, certain matters may proceed via telephone conference call as directed by the judge responsible for Motion’s day in the various jurisdictions. Parties who are to appear via telephone conference call at Motion’s day on either April 14th, 2020 or May 4th, 2020 will be contacted by the clerk’s office with call in details.
All jury trials scheduled between now and May 29th are adjourned. Case Management Conferences will be scheduled via telephone in all affected matters in order to discuss rescheduling of these trials and other logistical concerns. In the event that jury trials currently scheduled after June 1st must be adjourned as a result of the COVID19 pandemic, all parties affected will be advised immediately and this directive will be updated accordingly.
All matters scheduled in the Family division of the Court of Queen’s Bench are adjourned until May 29th, 2020 with the exception of the following:
- Protective care hearings pursuant to Sections 37.1(4)(b) and 51(6) of the Family Services Act;
- Applications in regard to abused or neglected adults pursuant to Sections 37, 38, 39, and 40 of the Family Services Act;
- First Appearances in child protection matters pursuant to Section 51(1) of the Family Services Act;
- Matters pursuant to the Intimate Partner Violence Act; and
- Any other matter deemed urgent by the responsible judge.
All matters scheduled before the Case Management Masters in the Jurisdictions of Moncton and Saint John between now and May 29th are adjourned.
Certain matters currently scheduled in the Family Division that may reasonably be conducted via telephone may proceed if in the opinion of the presiding judge and the parties the matter may be heard via telephone.
All matters scheduled in the Trial division of the Court of Queen’s Bench are adjourned until May 29th, 2020 with the exception of the following:
- All criminal matters where the accused is incarcerated;
- Injunctions or applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
- Any other matter considered urgent by the responsible judge.
Certain matters currently scheduled in the Trial Division that may reasonably be conducted via telephone may proceed if in the opinion of the presiding judge and the parties the matter may be heard via telephone.
COURT OF QUEEN’S BENCH FAMILY DIVISION AND TRIAL DIVISION DOCKETS
JUNE 1ST, 2020
The previous directive issued on March 16th is now amended to confirm that, subject to the exceptions noted below, all matters in the Court of Queen’s Bench are adjourned until May 29th. Matters that are adjourned will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Matters that have been adjourned as a result of the COVID19 pandemic will receive priority in scheduling once court operations return to normal. Matters currently scheduled before the Court of Queen’s Bench, to the extent possible, after June 1st, 2020 will proceed on the date originally assigned. However, it is anticipated some matters may need to be moved once normal operations resume to accommodate priority matters that were adjourned during the crisis such as guardianship trials and criminal trials involving individuals in custody.
The Court of Queen’s Bench will be hearing settlement conferences in certain cases between April 14th and May 29th where it is feasible for all parties and lawyers to participate via telephone. These will be offered in cases where there was previously a settlement conference scheduled or where there was an adjournment of a trial and the lawyers feel that a settlement conference could be helpful in resolving the matter. It is hoped that these remote settlement conferences may be successful in resolving matters which will then free up time on the docket for scheduling matters adjourned as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.
Given the uncertainties surrounding how long the COVID 19 pandemic may impact the normal functioning of the Court of Queen’s Bench this directive may be subject to amendment. The court will continue to update the public and the bar whenever there are changes made to the directives outlining how the court will function during the course of the crisis.
Contact information for e-filing
Judicial District of Moncton
Phone: (506) 856-2304
Fax: (506) 856-2951
Email : mctnqbrequests@GNB.CA
Judicial District of Saint John
Phone: (506) 658-2560
Fax: (506) 658-5732
Phone: (506) 658-2400
Fax: (506) 658-3782
Judicial District of Fredericton
Phone: (506) 453-2015
Fax: (506) 444-5675
Email: Andrea Hull – email@example.com
Stephanie Pond - firstname.lastname@example.org
Judicial District of Woodstock
Phone: (506) 325-4414
Fax: (506) 325-4484
Judicial District of Bathurst
Phone: (506) 547-2150
Fax: (506) 547-2966
Email : ST-Bathurst-CS@gnb.ca
Judicial District of Campbellton
Fax: (506) 789-2062
Judicial District of Edmundston
Phone : (506)735-2029
Fax : (506)737-4419
Judicial District of Miramichi
Phone: (506) 627-4023
Fax: (506) 627-4069
Phone : (506) 453-2452
Fax : (506) 453-7921
Email : Divorces : email@example.com
Bankruptcies - firstname.lastname@example.org