Provincial Courts and Correctional Institutions

Provincial Courts

  • The Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench has decided to adjourn jury trials in the interest of public health. The Government of New Brunswick supports this decision.
  • Preventative measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 have been implemented by all levels of the province’s court systems including the Provincial Courts, Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal.
  • We continue to work with members of the judiciary and other case parties to adjust to these exceptional circumstances.
  • This is a rapidly changing situation and we are continuously monitoring developments and assessing potential impacts on the justice system.
  • Any mitigating plans being put into place by the judiciary are in the interest of public health and we support them.
  • New Brunswick's judiciary has taken preventative steps and measures to protect the public and participants in the justice system from the spread of Covid-19 all the while adhering to the principles of timely access to justice and open courts. For more information please visit the Government of New Brunswick’s justice website at

Correctional Institutions

  • In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our correctional institutions, the province has closed all public access to these facilities, effective immediately.
  • The restriction includes all members of the public, including inmate family members, volunteers and legal representatives.
  • These measures include all facilities in the province; South-East Regional Correctional Centre, Saint John Correctional Centre, Madawaska Correctional Centre, Dalhousie Regional Correctional Centre, New Brunswick Youth Centre and New Brunswick Woman’s Correctional Centre.
  • Inmates will be offered extra phone calls during this time. Correctional Services will be monitoring the need to continue with this restriction and will be taking advice from officials with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.