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May 26, 2017

Upcoming “Law Firm Practice Management Pilot Project” - The Law Society of Saskatchewan, in collaboration with the Law Societies of Alberta and Manitoba, has been exploring a new model of regulating legal services in a manner that is risk-focused, proactive and with a greater focus on law firms as a whole, rather than a sole focus on individual lawyers. The new approach is designed to be more responsive to a diverse and profoundly changing environment, to enhance the quality of legal services, to encourage ethical legal practice and to foster innovation in legal service delivery. The feedback from the membership regarding this regulatory model has been positive and we are now seeking to test and enhance this new approach through a pilot project.  This will involve a randomly selected, geographically proportionate sample of 25 law firms of varying sizes and sole practitioners across the province. 

Next month, Benchers of the Law Society will begin contacting firms to ask them to participate in the Prairie Law Societies’ Law Firm Practice Management pilot project.  Participation is voluntary but we hope you will agree to participate as your input will be invaluable to the Law Society’s goal of developing a more modern and proactive approach to regulation.  We believe that participation in the pilot project will also help your firm to mitigate risk and to enhance practice management, firm culture and overall delivery of legal services and client satisfaction.

Please stay tuned for further updates.

May 19, 2017

Saskatchewan Law Review volume 80, issue 1 (2017-1) is now available in fulltext for members.

May 18, 2017

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

May 17, 2017

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has released a decision in the discipline matter of Kevan Migneault.

May 16, 2017

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May 11, 2017

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of penalty hearing in the discipline matter of Kevan Migneault.

May 9, 2017

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

May 5, 2017

LEGAL SERVICES TASK TEAM

A Task Team has been appointed to examine the possibility of allowing non-lawyers to provide some legal services to Saskatchewan residents. The Team will consider a wide range of possible approaches and varying degrees of service delivery and make recommendations about the appropriate role, if any, of non-lawyers in the provision of legal services.

The Task Team is a joint project by the Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Saskatchewan. For more information, please see this News Release, dated May 5, 2017.

April 28, 2017

A Notice of Appeal has been filed in connection with the decision of the Discipline Committee in the matter of Peter Abrametz Jr. The Member has obtained an Order, by consent, pursuant to section 56(4) of The Legal Profession Act, 1990, staying the Order of the Discipline Committee pending the resolution of the appeal.

April 27, 2017

E.M. Culliton Scholarship Award - 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. Deadline for applications is May 5, 2017.  

The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new Criminal Practice Directive #6  effective May 1, 2017 concerning how summary conviction and absolute jurisdiction offences will be dealt with in the Court of Queen’s Bench. The new practice directive can be found on the Court’s website.

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Donna Taylor, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Yorkton Provincial Court House.

April 20, 2017

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Josephine de Whytell.

April 13, 2017

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a Notice of Suspension in the discipline matter of Russell Milton Peet. Mr. Peet has been suspended and is not entitled to practice law for a period of three months effective April 16, 2017.

March 31, 2017

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

Effective April 1, 2017, Publications Saskatchewan is the new name for the former Office of the Queen’s Printer. Publications Saskatchewan operates a centralized online catalogue and shopping cart, Publications Centre, for all Government of Saskatchewan publications and other Saskatchewan documents. This includes Freelaw, an online resource which provides access to all current Government of Saskatchewan legislation. More details can be found here.

March 24, 2017

The Court of Queen’s Bench has updated Practice Directive CRIM–PD#1 concerning the scheduling of pre-trial conferences to reflect that criminal pre-trials will also be conducted in the judicial centres of Estevan, Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Yorkton.  The updated practice directive can be found on the Court’s webpage here.

The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued three new criminal practice directives effective April 1, 2017:  CRIM-PD#3 concerns the safe handling of large or sensitive exhibits; CRIM-PD#4 sets out a new process and application forms for obtaining a subpoena in a criminal matter; and CRIM-PD#5 describes which exhibits filed in a criminal matter may be returned after the expiry of the appeal period, and which exhibits will be retained by the Court. They can be found on the Court’s webpage here.

March 23, 2017

The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new Civil Practice Directive effective April 1, 2017 that sets out template order forms  to be used by Counsel and Bankruptcy Trustees in bankruptcy discharge applications. The new Civil Practice Directive CV-PD #4 can be found on the Court’s website here.

March 16, 2017

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

March 15, 2017

For Law Society Members - Important Notice Regarding Libraries and Legal Resources - Please review the following notice regarding funding to maintain legal resources available to Law Society members, such as WestlawNext, and the other resources available through the Members’ Section and the Law Society Library. Once you have reviewed the notice, please complete the survey contained within. The deadline to complete the survey is April 7th. We appreciate your time and feedback. 

March 13, 2017

From the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan: The Honourable Donna Taylor has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan.  Judge Taylor is joining the Yorkton Chambers to fill the vacancy left by Judge Pat Reis.  Judge Reis will be transferring to Regina to fill the opening in the Regina Chambers as a result of Judge Toth’s retirement. Judge Taylor graduated from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan in 1982 and most recently was an Associate with Leland Campbell LLP, Yorkton.  She has spent the majority of her career in private practice and has a great deal of experience in family law and child protection.

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

March 7, 2017

The Court of Queen’s Bench has amended the Rules of Court and related forms effective April 1, 2017.   The amendments include authorizing lawyers to send requests for service directly to foreign countries pursuant to The Hague Convention on Judicial and Extra- Judicial Documents, and amending the family law Petition and Answer forms to  require additional information concerning other relevant court proceedings and to  update the Statement of Lawyer. Please see details in Saskatchewan Gazette, Part I, March 3, 2017.

March 2, 2017

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Peter V. Abrametz.

February 23, 2017

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Marilyn Penner, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House.

February 21, 2017

Bencher Vacancy at the Law Society of Saskatchewan

The Law Society is now accepting applications for the position of Bencher.

The resignation of Rosanne Newman, Q.C., from the North East Electoral District, leaves a Bencher vacancy.  Pursuant to Section 20 of The Legal Profession Act, 1990 (the “Act”), the Benchers are entitled to appoint a replacement.  For more information on this position, please see the notice on our website.

Deadline for applications is before March 6, 2017.  

February 16, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Victor Dietz, Q.C. on Monday, February 13, 2017. Please see a notice dedicated to his memory on our website.    

February 15, 2017

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February 7, 2017

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

February 2, 2017

Canadian Bankers Association has provided updated list of bank officials to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortages (English | French).

January 30, 2017

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

January 26, 2017

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

January 26, 2017

Please visit the Law Society blog, Legal Sourcery, for daily legal research and writing posts, and news about the Law Society and the legal community such as:

January 24, 2017

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Josephine de Whytell.

January 17, 2017

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Admissions & Education Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the matter of Dmytro Ignatiuk.

January 9, 2017

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony for Judge Daryl Rayner, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2017, at the Regina Provincial Court House.

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