February 8, 2016
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Gordon Balon, Q.C..
February 5, 2016
The Government of Saskatchewan recently proclaimed amendments to the farm ownership provisions of The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act (Part VI) and Regulations. The Saskatchewan Farm Land Security Board has prepared a summary of the amendments and ownership declaration forms for corporations and individuals. The forms are also available on Farm Land Security Board website.
February 4, 2016
Small Claims Limit Increase - Effective Thursday, February 4, 2016, the monetary limit for claims at Small Claims Court has been increased from $20,000 to $30,000. This increase to the monetary limit is the first change that has been implemented following the 2015 Small Claims Review Project that was carried out by the Ministry of Justice. The Review Project formed part of the Justice Innovation Agenda, the goal of which is to provide affordable, faster and citizen-centred dispute resolution.
January 28, 2016
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Larry Zawislak.
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Karolee Ann Zawislak.
January 11, 2016
General Application Practice Directive #7: Adjournment of Chamber Proceedings comes into effect February 1, 2016. The new Practice Directive sets out how and when to notify the Local Registrar of requests to adjourn chamber matters. Compliance with the Practice Directive, particularly providing the Local Registrar with prompt notice of adjournments, allows the Court to efficiently allocate its resources to reduce unreasonable wait times in chambers.
January 4, 2016
This is a reminder that the deadline for 2015 Pro Bono Service Award nomination is January 15, 2016. The Pro Bono Service Award is an annual award presented jointly by the Law Society of Saskatchewan and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan. This award will be presented at the 6th Annual Gown to Gown: Lawyers’ Charity Gala which will take place on January 29, 2016 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.
December 22, 2015
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Admissions & Education Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the matter of William Kevin Rogers.
December 21, 2015
The practice of law and the public’s demands for legal services are changing. Driven in part by new technologies, new business models and access to justice concerns, delivery and regulation of legal services has begun evolving around the world. We have been watching significant regulatory changes in Australia, England and Wales over the last ten years. These ideas have caught on in Canada, as is reflected in the recommendations of the Canadian Bar Association’s recent Futures Report. To keep up with these changes, the Law Society must also rethink its regulation of the profession.
The Law Societies of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are trying to stay ahead of this wave. In particular, we are examining a spectrum of regulatory tools that includes entity regulation, compliance-based regulation and alternative business structures to determine which, if any, might be effective in our jurisdictions. A discussion paper co-authored by representatives of each of these law societies represents an early step in both understanding and assessing the regulatory options available.
These new approaches to regulation do not necessarily mean more regulation, but a different approach to regulation that is more proactive. They can also mean increased flexibility and opportunity for the profession in the delivery of legal services. That’s why we want your input. The next step in examining these issues is a consultation with the profession in early 2016. In the meantime, we hope this paper will provide some background information to inform the consultation process. Please follow the links to read the paper and accompanying abstract.
December 14, 2015
The Law Society of Saskatchewan has issued a Notice of Interim Suspension in relation to Kevan Migneault pursuant to section 45 of The Legal Profession Act, 1990. Mr. Migneault is not currently entitled to practice law. Scott Spencer of Robertson Stromberg LLP has been appointed as Trustee in relation to the law practice of Kevan Migneault. Inquiries may be directed to Scott Spencer at 306-652-7575.
December 11, 2015
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Lori Lynn Gollan.
December 10, 2015
Members are invited to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony for Judge Steven Schiefner, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 8, 2016, at the Regina Provincial Court House.
December 9, 2015
The Court of Appeal of Saskatchewan has released a decision on the discipline matter of Krishan Kumar (2015 SKCA 132).
December 3, 2015
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision on penalty in the discipline matter of Mervin Clayton Phillips.
December 2, 2015
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Pro Bono Service Award, an annual award presented jointly by the Law Society of Saskatchewan and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan. This award will be presented at the 6th Annual Gown to Gown: Lawyers’ Charity Gala which will take place on January 29, 2016 at TCU Place in Saskatoon. The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2016.
November 17, 2015
The Canadian Bankers Association has provided Law Society members with an updated list (English | French) of bank officials to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortgages. (password required)
November 16, 2015
Bencher Election results and bios for all successful candidates are now available on the Benchers Election page.
November 10, 2015
The Court of Queen's Bench has made a number of amendments to its Rules of Court and related forms. The amendments come into effect on January 1, 2016. The amendments, include: the requirement that originating applications be issued before they are served; clarification on when issues may be resolved by summary judgment; the requirement that proof of death (such as a funeral director's certificate) be filed with applications for probate and administration; changes to the Application for Grant of Administration form to clarify the basis on which a bond is or is not required; new forms for Application for Case Conference and Appointment for Questioning; as well as formatting amendments to all forms including the removal of the clerk's stamp. The rule amendments can be found in Saskatchewan Gazette volume 111 no. 44, Part I (a subsequent correction confirms the effective date of January 1, 2016). A temporary link to the amended forms can be found on the Queen's Printer website.
November 9, 2015
The Law Society is working with the Ministry of Justice to explore possibilities for allowing non-lawyers to provide some legal services in Saskatchewan. The possibilities include:
- expanding the scope of paralegals working under the supervision of lawyers;
- relaxing the restrictions on other types of professionals who provide services akin to legal services; and
- creating a new class of legal service providers who would be permitted to provide some legal services independently after undergoing training and assessment.
The project’s overall goal is to provide greater access to legal services for Saskatchewan citizens.
The Law Society and the Ministry are beginning informal discussions with individual paralegals and their associations to better understand the current market. In particular, we are gathering information about the current environment, including how many non-lawyers are working in any legal capacity or are delivering some kind of informal legal service in Saskatchewan.
The second stage will be to undertake wider consultations with all affected stakeholders, including the courts, the profession in general, Crown corporations, Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Collaborative Law, Canadian Bar Association, Pro Bono Law, Public Legal Education Association, CLASSIC, Legal Aid, tribunals, community based organizations, notaries, paralegals, the public, insurance brokers, financial planners, and estate planners.
If you know of any other individuals or organizations that might be interested in providing input, or if you are interested in otherwise contributing to this project, please contact Barbra Bailey at email@example.com.
November 4, 2015
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Mervin Clayton Phillips.
October 23, 2015
The Law Society is looking for volunteers to act as representatives on the following boards:
- Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission
- Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA)
- College of Law Endowment Fund
A letter of interest, along with a resume to the attention of Tom Schonhoffer, Q.C., can be emailed to his assistant Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is November 8, 2015.
October 22, 2015
Bencher Election 2015
Online voting for the Bencher election is now open until midnight on Sunday, November 15, 2015 for those members residing in the Regina, Saskatoon and Northeast electoral districts. Candidates for all other electoral districts were acclaimed. Members on the voter’s list in those districts should have received an email with voting instructions and a link to the online voting website. If you did not receive an email, it is likely because your email has not been updated in the Law Society’s member database. The voting website is https://eBallot4.votenet.com/LSS. Please follow the link and log in to access the website using the same username and password you use to access your Member Profile on the Law Society website. Voting instructions and candidate bios are located on the voting website. To ensure that you receive emails from the Law Society in the future, please update your contact information by logging into your Member Profile and selecting “View Profile.”
If you experience any difficulty voting or accessing the voting website, please contact Barbra Bailey at email@example.com before November 13th.
October 21, 2015
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision on Formal Complaint in the discipline matter of Peter A. Abrametz.
October 20, 2015
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of penalty hearing in the discipline matter of Peter A. Abrametz.
October 8, 2015
The Law Society of Saskatchewan has issued a Notice of Interim Suspension in relation to Darren Winegarden pursuant to section 45 of The Legal Profession Act, 1990. Mr. Winegarden is not currently entitled to practice law. Scott Spencer of Robertson Stromberg LLP has been appointed as Trustee in relation to the law practice of Darren Winegarden. Inquiries may be directed to Scott Spencer at 306-652-7575.
October 2, 2015
The Hearing Committee of the Admissions and Education Committee for the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the matter of Mapa Mudiyanselage Mahendra Mapagunaratne.