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April 21, 2015

Legal Aid Saskatchewan (LAS) is currently updating its Legal Aid Panel for private bar lawyer referrals. A letter and email has been sent out to the current panel members to confirm and/or update current contact information. LAS intends to change some of the current processes regarding lawyer referrals (see attached letter).

On May 22, 2015 at 12PM a free webinar will be presented on the referral process, from accepting an initial Appointment to the final billing. This webinar has been approved for one hour of CPD/Ethics; additional details to follow. Members of the Saskatchewan Bar who are not current panel members are welcome to apply at any time. Application form is available on Legal Aid Saskatchewan website.

April 20, 2015

Saskatchewan Law Review 2015 volume 78(1) is now available in fulltext (member's password required). This issue includes:

April 16, 2015

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Admissions and Education Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the Application for Admission as a Student of Law of Tobias August Henneberg.

E.M. CULLITON SCHOLARSHIP - As a tribute to the former Chief Justice E. M. Culliton, an endowment was established by the Law Society of Saskatchewan to provide that in perpetuity a special scholarship is to be awarded for the pursuit of post-graduate studies in criminal law. The Law Society is accepting applications for the 2015 scholarship. The deadline for receipt of applications is May 4, 2015.

April 7, 2015

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Mervin Clayton Phillips.

Arpil 2, 2015

Mr. Jeremy Caissie is in compliance with his practice conditions, as of April 1, 2015.  Mr. Caissie is, therefore, entitled to practice law.

March 20, 2015

The Ransomware virus which hit BC and Ontario last year has been active in Saskatchewan in the last few weeks. This virus will lock up your computer and encrypt your files. Be on the alert and do not open any suspicious emails that may contain a virus or come from an unknown sender. Members need to be aware that such cyber-attacks are not covered under the mandatory policy of insurance. 

March 13, 2015

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Mervin Clayton Phillips.

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.

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