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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.

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.

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