October 28, 2014
The Court of Appeal has released its decision in Russell Peet v. Law Society of Saskatchewan. The Court of Appeal dismissed Mr. Peet’s appeal and upheld 3 findings of conduct unbecoming as well as a 30 day suspension and costs order previously imposed. Mr. Peet will begin serving his suspension on a date to be determined by the Chair of Discipline. Advance notice will be provided to the public and the membership prior to the commencement of the suspension.
October 24, 2014
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Ben Christiaan Valkenburg.
October 21, 2014
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Mervin Clayton Phillips.
October 15, 2014
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Peter Michael Mahon.
October 8, 2014
The Law Society has recently received inquiries about practicing law in the "cloud". More information in this topic can be found on Legal Sourcery, the Law Society Library’s blog.
October 6, 2014
Legal Aid Saskatchewan (LAS) increases its Legal Aid tariff of fees to $88.00 per hour for new assignments. The increase will also be added proportionately to the fixed fees. The new tariff documents are posted on the Legal Aid Saskatchewan website.
The rate will be effective on all appointments issued with an effective date on or after October 1, 2014. The new rate will not apply to appointments issued prior to October 1, 2014.
LAS will shortly be introducing Electronic Fund Transfer for payments of accounts. Consequently, schedule E of the tariff will be updated. A request will be made for current members of the panel to update their panel listing.
LAS also reminds the private bar to use the Legal Aid Account forms found on its website.
October 2, 2014
The Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated, Fourth Edition 2014 Release 2 – Available October 20!
The Law Society Library staff is putting the finishing touches on the second 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 October 20, 2014. For our Regina subscribers, copies will be available for pick-up at the library.
Highlights of the October 2014 Release
- 350 pages of new and updated content
- New Saskatchewan case law and legislation current to August 2014
- Includes all changes to the rules and tariffs to The Saskatchewan Gazette, Vol. 110, No. 31, dated August 1, 2014
- Price: $120.00 + tax
By now most of our members have the brand-new fourth edition of the big red binder, but in case you missed out, copies are still available! Order the “big red binder” for $300 + tax. The 2014 Releases 1 and 2 are sold separately.
Give us a call at (306) 569-8020 to order!
September 30, 2014
The Saskatchewan Provincial Court has issued two new Practice Directives which take effect on October 1, 2014:
Practice Directive 11 - Citation of Authorities
Practice Directive 12 - Discretionary Orders Restricting Media Reporting or Public Access
In addition, Practice Directive 5 - Application for Court-Appointed Counsel has been amended. All Practice Directives can be found on the Court's website.
September 26, 2014
Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Bruce Bauer, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 10, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House.
September 25, 2014
Effective October 1st, all submissions to the Saskatchewan courts will have to conform to the new Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan. To help members use the Guide, the authors of the Guide, Ann Marie Melvie, Librarian of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan and Joanne V. Colledge-Miller, MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP, will be writing a series of blog posts for the Law Society Library's blog. The first installment is now available on Legal Sourcery.
September 23, 2014
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision on penalty in the discipline matter of Pauline Duncan-Bonneau, Q.C. (Can).
September 15, 2014
Land Survey Regulations amendments mandatory as of Oct. 4, 2014 - This is a reminder from Information Services Corporation (ISC) that the voluntary compliance period for submitting plans online will end on October 4, 2014. At that time, ISC will introduce changes to its Plan Submissions Online tool to help ensure client submissions are compliant with the new regulatory requirements.
September 11, 2014
First Ever Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan - As of October 1, 2014, all three Saskatchewan Courts will have a practice directive in place, introducing and prescribing the use of the new Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan. The Guide provides a clear, authoritative and standard set of citation rules for use in and by the courts of Saskatchewan. All citations in Saskatchewan decisions and all submissions to Saskatchewan courts will have to conform to the Guide. For more information, see the “Notice to the Profession”, which contains a link to the Guide.
September 8, 2014
Mr. Douglas Ottenbreit is no longer in compliance with the conditions of his Discipline Penalty Decision dated September 20, 2012 (written Decision November 5, 2012), as his practice supervisor has withdrawn. Mr. Ottenbreit is, therefore, not entitled to practice law at this time.
The Law Society members and the Private Bar 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.
September 5, 2014
A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Darryl Douglas Lucke.
September 4, 2014
The Canadian Bankers Association has provided an updated list of bank officials for our members to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortgages - English | French (Member's password required).
September 2, 2014
Expanded CanLII Coverage - As reported in the January issue of the Benchers’ Digest, our goal for 2014 is to provide as nearly a complete record as possible of Saskatchewan decisions back to 1907 on CanLII. With the support of the Law Foundation, CanLII has added 13,570 reported Saskatchewan decisions from 1907 – 1990. This provides a complete record of reported decisions from 1907 to 1990. Over the next few months, we will be working on identifying and filling in the remaining gaps in coverage. For example, we have identified a gap in The Saskatchewan Reports decisions from 1991 – 1993. We believe this will add at least 2,500 cases to CanLII. Please visit CanLII for further information on the scope of Saskatchewan coverage. Please also visit the new CanLII Connects site for case commentaries, including a full collection of Saskatchewan case digests produced by the Law Society Library.
August 28, 2014
REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 5th National Pro Bono Conference, September 24-26, 2015 at the Hotel Saskatchewan, Radisson Plaza, Regina, SK. REGISTER NOW at the Pro Bono Conference website.
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 and special presentation by Belle Plain September 25, 2014
August 25, 2014
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Peter Michael Mahon.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Ben Christiaan Valkenburg.
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.