March 4, 2015
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Mathieu Sirois.
On March 2, 2015, the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan issued a Notice relating to electronic access by counsel/parties to family law appeal files via eCourt.
March 3, 2015
In 2014 the Ministry of Justice undertook the Justice Innovation Agenda to take a critical look at the justice system to address access to justice. As part of the Innovation Agenda, the Ministry of Justice is conducting a review of all aspects of the small claims process in Saskatchewan. This includes reviewing The Small Claims Act, 1997 and potential amendments to the Act, the processes and procedures in place across the province for small claims actions, the materials provided to prospective users, access and usability for unrepresented users, and exploring different streams to resolution. Members are invited to provide feedback on a consultation paper outlining several issues and questions related to small claims in Saskatchewan. Responses should be submitted prior to April 1, 2015.
March 2, 2015
Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Michelle Marquette, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, at the Wynyard Provincial Court House.
February 26, 2015
The WCB has received inquiries regarding a recent policy change (Policy 14-2014) from corporations who pay directors who are not active in the business. The WCB recognizes that there are directors who receive a T4 but are not active in their corporation. Inactive directors do not perform any day-to-day tasks duties for the corporation and are strictly receiving a wage for their investment or other purposes. Directors who are not active in the day-to-day activities of a corporation are not required to have mandatory coverage. More information is available on WCB website.
February 18, 2015
On February 13, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down certain provisions in the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and its regulations that the government sought to apply to members of the legal profession. Members of the profession continue to be bound by law society rules and regulations that prohibit them from accepting large amounts of cash and require them to take measures to verify the identity of their clients.
The Court’s decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada, in which the Court recognized that the duty of commitment to the client’s cause is a principle of fundamental justice, is the culmination of a 14-year legal battle over application of the federal anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regime to lawyers and Quebec notaries. Acting on behalf of Canada’s law societies, the Federation challenged the constitutionality of provisions that would have required legal counsel to collect and record information about their clients and turn it over to the state on demand.
The Federation and its member law societies have been actively engaged in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing activities for over a decade. Model Rules prohibiting legal counsel from accepting $7,500 or more in cash and detailed know-your client obligations have been adopted and implemented by all law societies.
Those rules, which accomplish the important goal of protecting the public by fighting money laundering and terrorist financing in a way that respects the duties legal counsel owe to their clients, remain in effect.
February 10, 2015
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Bradley David Tilling. Mr. Tilling has been disbarred pursuant to s. 53(3)(a)(i) and (v) of The Legal Profession Act, 1990.
February 5, 2015
The Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board approved a policy in 2014 called "Coverage - Directors" (Policy 14-2014) which came into effect on January 1, 2015. Under the new policy, a director who is reporting employment income on a Canada Revenue Agency T4 income tax slip is considered a worker and is required to have WCB coverage. Please see WCB news release for details.
February 4, 2015
With immediate effect, the Corporate Registry is no longer correcting application errors or omissions on the customer’s behalf. ISC has established a 45 day grace period to help with transition into the new policy. The grace period will end at 5:00 pm on March 20, 2015. Please read ISC's news release for details of the new policy and grace period policy.
February 3, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada handed down a decision on public-sector employees' right to strike last week (Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan, 2015 SCC 4), overturning R. v. Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, 2013 SKCA 43.
January 29, 2015
The Law Society of Saskatchewan has prepared a Client Intake Decision-Making Checklist (password required) to assist members when meeting with potential clients. The Checklist can be found in the Practice Resources section.
January 27, 2015
Subscribers to the Law Society Quicklaw Program, please visit the Members’ Section for an important message.
January 15, 2015
A recent blog post on Slaw reported that a BC law firm's computer network was hacked by cyber-extortionist. The law firm’s files were held captive by a hacker who encrypted them and tried to extort payment in return for restoring access. The Law Society of BC issued a warning to its members to be vigilant about their firm’s cyber security. There have been similar cases in Ontario in the last year.
January 9, 2015
The brand-new Second Edition of the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual is here and we are ready to ship! Check out the Publications page for ordering information.
The original Builders’ Lien Act Manual: A Practitioners’ Manual, written by W. Brent Gough, Q.C. more than 20 years ago, has stood the test of time, with copies continuing to be sold even as we were finalizing the updates to the second edition, written by Collin K. Hirschfeld. That just goes to show that quality content never goes out of style.
Coming Soon! If you like ebooks just as much as we do, you’ll be happy to hear that the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual is being used for our Ebook Pilot Project with Emond Montgomery Publications. The project is underway and we will have ordering information shortly. If you let us know how much you like our first ebook, we’ll make more!
January 8, 2015
The Provincial Court of Saskatchewan is pleased to invite members to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Chief Judge James Plemel, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2015, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House.
January 6, 2015
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of John Darren Armitage.
January 2, 2015
Legal Sourcery Named Best Canadian Law Library Blog: Legal Sourcery, the Law Society Library blog, has won a Canadian Law Blog Award (Clawbie) for Best Law Library Blog:
As a law library blog newcomer, Legal Sourcery made a serious impression in 2014. The hard-working blogger team (whose members double as the reference team) at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library jumped into the blawgosphere full-force. With regular updates, engaging topics, and fun Twitter personalities, this group was instrumental to bringing back the info-cool factor to law library blogs. We’re proud to award them this year’s Clawbie.