For the first time in its history, the Supreme Court is taking its hearings on the road to give more Canadians a close-up view of the top court at work.
The justices will travel to Winnipeg in late September to hear two appeals and hold meetings with various individuals and groups in Manitoba.
"It's important for us to be accessible to all Canadians, because the Supreme Court is your court," said Chief Justice Richard Wagner in a video statement. "The decisions we make affect your life and that of your family and community."
This will be the first time the Supreme Court of Canada hears a case outside of Ottawa, and it follows on similar moves by high courts in the U.K., Australia and France.
Wagner said the Supreme Court already has taken steps to give Canadians a closer look at its operations — by televising and webcasting hearings and by keeping Canadians up to date on its activities through Twitter and Facebook.