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August 22, 2014

New Vice-President at the Law Society - Benchers of the Law Society of Saskatchewan elected Brenda Hildebrandt, Q.C. as Vice-President for the remainder of the year. The appointment of Judge Bruce Bauer to the Provincial Court created a Vice-President vacancy, as well as a Saskatoon Bencher vacancy. The Benchers will elect a new Saskatoon Bencher at September Convocation.

August 21, 2014

Many organizations are using online communication to provide more timely communication, to control membership costs and be more environmentally friendly. Based on an online survey in June 2014, the Benchers decided that the Law Society will no longer mail printed copies of the Benchers' Digest to the membership.  Instead, all issues will be posted on our website. Each time an issue is ready, we will alert the members via email, along with a link to the Digest.  Members who enjoy reading a printed copy can still do so by printing the version on the website.

August 14, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of John Darren Armitage.

Saskatchewan Law Review 2014 volume 77(2) is now available in fulltext (member's password required).

The Honourable James A. Plemel was appointed Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan. Judge Plemel will replace current Chief Judge Carol Snell, whose seven-year term as Chief ends December 31, 2014.

August 7, 2014

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Daryl Shirkey.

July 25, 2014

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has released Reform of The Land Contracts (Actions) Act: Final Report, and has recommended it to the Minister of Justice. The LCAA is consumer protection legislation intended to protect borrowers by requiring lenders to obtain leave of the court before starting foreclosure. The protection is provided as time: time to bring the mortgage up to date, refinance, or sell the property before foreclosure or judicial sale or, if that is not possible, time to find alternative accommodation. The Final Report considers the steps required by the LCAA for non-farm land mortgages and recommends reforms to better protect borrowers in current conditions. 

July 24, 2014

BENCHER VACANCY – SASKATOON ELECTORAL DISTRICT

The Law Society is now accepting applications for the position of Bencher in the Saskatoon Electoral District.

The appointment of Bruce Bauer, Q.C. to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan has created a Bencher vacancy in the Saskatoon Electoral District. Pursuant to Section 20 of The Legal Profession Act, 1990, the Benchers are entitled to appoint a replacement.

All applicants must be, at minimum, members of the Law Society in good standing and have a principle place of practice or employment in the Saskatoon Electoral District. If non-practicing, the principle residence must be in the electoral district.

The Law Society regulates the legal profession in the public interest and is involved in a broad range of activities. Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge and experience that make a positive contribution to one or more of the following:

  • Professional regulation
  • Administrative law
  • Professional education
  • Libraries and information management
  • Professional liability Insurance
  • Law office management
  • Board governance
  • Access to legal services


Please submit your resume and covering letter to Thomas Schonhoffer, Q.C. by August, 18, 2014 via his assistant’s address: Liz at llynchuk@lawsociety.sk.ca.

July 21, 2014

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice is currently in the process of preparing new legislation to implement a uniform fee waiver program for Saskatchewan courts and administrative tribunals that regularly adjudicate matters for the public. The consultation paper "Proposed Fee Waiver Legislation" provides further background information and consultation questions.  The Ministry of Justice invites feedback from the Saskatchewan legal community on the proposed changes. Responses can be submitted to Neil Karkut via email or fax to 306-787-9111 no later than Friday, August 15, 2014.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 5th National Pro Bono Conference, September 24-26, 2015 at the Hotel Saskatchewan, Radisson Plaza, Regina, SK. 

Notable events include:

Welcome Reception Sponsored by the CBA, Saskatchewan Branch September 24, 2014
Lunch Presentation featuring the Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Albert Cromwell, September 25, 2014
Lunch Presentation featuring Richard Zorza, September 25, 2014
Awards Banquet featuring a keynote Address by James Lockyer, September 25, 2014

REMINDER: The deadline for nominations for the 5th National Pro Bono Awards is August 15, 2014. NOMINATE AN INDIVIDUAL, FIRM, OR PROGRAM NOW. 

July 8, 2014

The Law Society Library is ready to launch the 2014 Update to the popular Saskatchewan Practice Checklists on July 17, 2014!

Since their creation in 1997, the Practice Checklists have been a valuable resource for Saskatchewan lawyers. Providing a step-by-step list of the general procedure to follow, the checklists help new and experienced lawyers alike keep track of the important considerations in each of their files, from the initial interviews to the closing of the file. Topics include Client Identification, Corporate & Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Litigation, Real Estate, and Wills & Estates.

Highlights of the new Practice Checklists:

  • the website is more user-friendly and easier to navigate
  • the legislation and case law are all linked directly to CanLII for quick reference onscreen
  • the checklists come in PDF format for ease of printing
  • a handy new column leaves room for note-taking right on the page


With the sheer amount of content to be reviewed by our volunteer contributors, the updating process has been a work in progress for the last several months. A big thank-you to all of our generous contributors! A few topics are still under review and will be posted shortly. Look for the “Current to” date at the top of each page.

The link to our new site will be sent to our members on July 17, and will also be accessible through the Members’ Section on the Law Society of Saskatchewan website. We welcome your comments or suggestions when you have had a chance to explore the new site!

July 4, 2014

The first update to the fourth edition of the Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated is out! Shipping to all subscribers outside Regina began June 16. We ask Regina subscribers to arrange pick at the Regina Law Society Library by July 31 or the update will be mailed to you C.O.D.

Here are the highlights of the June 2014 release:

  • More than 350 pages of new and updated content
  • New Saskatchewan case law and legislation current to February 2014
  • Includes all changes to the rules and tariffs to The Saskatchewan Gazette, Vol. 110 dated April 17, 2014
  • Price: $130.00 + tax


We are currently planning the 2014 Release 2 for October. Stay tuned for more info!

Did you miss out on the 2013 release of the brand-new fourth edition in the big red binder? Maybe you thought there wouldn’t be enough new content to warrant it so close to the new rules coming into force. Well, now is the time to right that wrong! Order the big red binder for $300 + tax. New release sold separately.

Call 306-569-8020 to order!

July 2, 2014

ISC's fee changes are now in effect. The fee increase applies to all core registry flat fees and ancillary service fees within the Land Registry (Land Titles), Personal Property Registry, Land Surveys Directory (Survey Plans) and Geomatics (Map, Photo and GIS) product offerings.

June 26, 2014

Amendments to The Legal Profession Act, 1990 will come into force on July 1, 2014. There are three primary categories of amendments: 1) the hearing and investigation process; 2) Bencher elections; and 3) the mandate of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Those concepts are discussed further in the summary paper previously posted on this website on August 29, 2013. The Legal Profession Amendment Act, 2014, which contains the amendments, can be viewed at the Queen's Printer's website. 

Complementary Rule amendments will also come into force July 1, 2014. Amended rules, as well as a “certified true copy of amendments” which summarizes the Rule amendments are available on the Law Society website.

June 23, 2014

The Honourable Donald H. Layh of Langenburg is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench (Yorkton).

June 18, 2014

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Lane Wiegers, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 27, at the Regina Provincial Court House. 

June 17, 2014

A Notice of Suspension has been issued by the Law Society of Saskatchewan in relation to Evatt Francis Anthony (Tony) Merchant, Q.C.

The Law Society members are invited to a dinner in recognition of The Honourable Chief Judge Carol A. Snell for her term as Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan from 2008 to 2014.  The dinner will be held on October 24, 2014 at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Regina. Please mail ticket order forms to Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, Judges Chambers before September 30, 2014.

June 16, 2014

The Condominium Property Amendment Act, 2013 amends The Condominium Property Act, 1993 and The Condominium Property Amendment Regulations, 2014 amends The Condominium Property Regulations, 2001. The Bill and Regulations are the result of an extensive consultation process with the condominium community and the professionals that advise them.

The Act and Regulations will come into force on June 16, 2014.

These amendments can be categorized into four main themes: insurance, condominium conversions, dispute resolution and consumer protection.

  • The amendments require condominium corporations to carry directors’ and officers’ liability insurance and insurance on bare land units developed as townhouses or other multi-family dwellings. Condominium developers will be required to prepare “standard unit descriptions” and corporations may pass bylaws to define a “standard unit description” in their development for insurance purposes.
  • The amendments require a bond or letter of credit to be provided for every condominium development with units used for residential purposes and the Regulations will increase the amount of security required by the bond or letter of credit. Developers will be required to prepare reserve fund studies for all developments created by the conversion of apartments and buildings into residential units, turn over additional information to the corporation and disclose additional information to purchasers of new condominium units.
  • The amendments allow the condominium corporation to seek compensation from a unit owner or tenant for damages caused by a contravention of the bylaws. A unit owner, tenant, mortgagee or other interested person may seek a court order requiring a condominium corporation or board to fulfill its duties under the Act and to recover damages if appropriate. The Act includes an oppression remedy for owners who believe they are being treated unfairly or oppressively by their condominium corporation.
  • Condominium corporations will be required to file an annual return with the Corporate Registry starting April 1, 2015, have their financial statements audited annually with the ability to opt out in certain circumstances and have a reserve fund study completed every five years. The amendments will establish limitations on fees charged by the condominium corporation for interest rates, administration, service fees and the estoppel certificate, and establish some requirements around the renting of units for periods of less than one month.


Any policy questions should be directed to the Office of Public Registry Administration at 306-798-1079.

More information regarding changes to procedures in the Land Registry, Survey Directory or Corporate Registry may be found at www.isc.ca or by calling Information Services Corporation at 1-866-275-4721.

 

June 9, 2014

The Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated, Fourth Edition 2014 Release 1 – Available June 16! 

The Law Society Library staff is putting the finishing touches on the first update to the fourth edition of the Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated. We will be shipping the new release to all our subscribers beginning on June 16, 2014.

Highlights of the June 2014 Release:

  • More than 350 pages of new and updated content
  • New Saskatchewan case law and legislation current to February 2014
  • Includes all changes to the rules and tariffs to The Saskatchewan Gazette, Vol. 110 dated April 17, 2014
  • Price: $130.00 + tax


We are currently planning the 2014 Release 2 for October 2014. Stay tuned for more info!

Did you miss out on the 2013 release of the brand-new fourth edition in the big red binder? Maybe you thought there wouldn’t be enough new content to warrant it so close to the new rules coming into force. Well, now is the time to right that wrong! Order the “big red binder” for $300 + tax. New release sold separately. Give us a call at (306) 569-8020 to order!

June 5, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Daryl Shirkey.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Darryl Douglas Lucke.

June 4, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan recently asked its members to complete a survey regarding their use (or lack thereof) of paperless office practices and/or cloud computing. While the results were widely varied, one recurring result was that members wished the Law Society to provide some guidance as to what they must keep in mind when considering the implementation of paperless office practices and/or cloud computing. The concern being that they remain in compliance with the requirements of The Rules of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and The Code of Professional Conduct.

Rule and Code-based issues of concern which would relate to both paperless office practices and cloud computing were addressed in detail within “Practice Advisors Webinar Series Part 2: Communication and Cloud Computing”, which was presented by Law Society Practice Advisors W. Brent Gough, Q.C., (Hnatyshyn Gough), Victor Dietz, Q.C., (Olive Waller Zinkhan & Waller LLP), and Jeff Scott, (Jeffrey D. Scott Legal Prof. Corp.), held on November 6, 2013. A recorded version of this webinar is available for purchase from the Law Society for $70 (+5% GST) = $73.50, and qualifies for (1) CPD hour, which also qualifies for (1) Ethics hour.

The Law Society had also previously provided a copy of the Law Society of British Columbia’s Report of the Cloud Computing Working Group and Cloud Computing Checklist, as further resources. These can still be found on our Practice Resources page.

June 3, 2014

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Byron Wright, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 13, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House. 

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