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Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner speaks during a news conference in the Law Courts, in Winnipeg, on Sept. 23, 2019.JOHN WOODS/The Canadian Press

Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner says holding hearings in Winnipeg is an important step toward informing people about how the country’s highest court works.

Judges from the Supreme Court of Canada are in Manitoba this week to hear cases and to reach out to the public.

The nine judges will meet with students and Indigenous leaders and hold a question-and-answer session with the general public.

They will also hear two cases while in Winnipeg – the first hearings outside of Ottawa in the court’s 144-year history.

On Wednesday, it will hear a case that centres on how long is a reasonable time in which to try someone and return with a verdict.

On Thursday, the high court will hear a case that deals with French-language education rights in British Columbia.

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