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Please be advised that due to difficulties with our IT system, the Law Society of Saskatchewan was unable to send or receive emails from March 31 - April 14, 2017. These difficulties are now resolved.

If you sent an email to anyone at the Law Society, SLIA, and PBLS during that period, please re-send it to the intended individual.

Thank you for your patience.

 

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

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:

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.

December 16, 2016

Fifteen Saskatchewan lawyers have been recognized with the honourary Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation.

  • William Burge, Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Public Prosecutions Division, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice in Regina.  He was admitted to the bar in 1985.
  • Christopher Donald, a lawyer with the Robertson Stromberg law firm in Saskatoon.  He was admitted to the bar in 2000.
  • Paul Elash, a lawyer with the Kohaly, Elash & Ludwig law firm in Estevan.  He was admitted to the bar in 1978.
  • Timothy Epp, Senior Crown Counsel in the Civil Law Division, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice.  He was admitted to the bar in 1985.
  • Glen Gardner, Assistant Deputy Minister, Justice Innovation, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice.  Effective January 16, 2017 he has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General.  He was admitted to the bar in 1981.
  • Collin Hirschfeld, a lawyer with the McKercher law firm in Saskatoon.  He was admitted to the bar in 1998.
  • James Korpan, a lawyer with the McDougall Gauley law firm in Regina.  He was admitted to the bar in 1993.
  • Valerie Macdonald, a lawyer with Farm Credit Canada in Regina.  She was admitted to the bar in 1986.
  • Mary McFadyen, Ombudsman for Saskatchewan.  She was admitted to the bar in 1985.
  • Bonnie Missens, a lawyer with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority in Saskatoon.  She was admitted to the bar in 1992.
  • James Morrison, a lawyer with the McDougall Gauley law firm in Saskatoon.  He was admitted to the bar in 1983.
  • Drew Plaxton, a lawyer with Plaxton Jensen Lawyers in Saskatoon.  He was admitted to the bar in 1977.
  • Leah Schatz, a lawyer with the MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman law firm in Saskatoon.  She was admitted to the bar in 1994.
  • James Vogel, a lawyer with the Richmond Nychuk law firm in Regina.  He was admitted to the bar in 1989.
  • Valerie Watson, a lawyer with The W Law Group in Saskatoon.  She was admitted to the bar in 1988.

For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan news page.

December 15, 2016

The Provincial Court of Saskatchewan has released its latest Biennial Report, covering the calendar years of 2014 and 2015. The report will help to provide a better understanding of the Provincial Court and the work that it does. The report can be found on the Courts of Saskatchewan website.

December 14, 2016

ISC is reporting that all Saskatchewan Registries have resumed operations and all registry services are available to customers. Please see ISC announcement for more information.

December 13, 2016

UPDATE - Law Society, SLIA and PBLS Computer Issues Resolved

Please be advised that the computer hardware failure affecting the Law Society, SLIA and PBLS has been resolved. All three organizations are now able to send and receive email. Please note that we may not have received email sent between end of business on Wednesday, December 7th and the posting of this notice. Thank you for your patience while we resolved this issue.

December 13, 2016

From the Court of Queen's Bench:

The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new Administrative Notice to address Court files and proceedings following the closure of the Judicial Centre of Weyburn on January 1, 2017. The Administrative Notice can be found on the Courts’ website.

The Court of Queen’s Bench would like to remind members to comply with Court of Queen’s Bench Sub-Rule 13-34(5).  That is to say, when an affidavit including attached exhibits is longer than 25 pages,  then either each exhibit must be tabbed, or the pages of the affidavit and all of its exhibits must be numbered using a single set of numbers.   Where an affidavit is filed by fax and the pages of the affidavit and exhibits exceed 25 pages, then the faxed affidavit and exhibits must be numbered using a single set of numbers.  A tab is a marker that extends beyond the edge of the tabbed paper.

December 12, 2016

Law Society, SLIA and PBLS Computer Issues

The Law Society of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Lawyers Insurance Association (SLIA) and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (PBLS) have experienced a computer hardware failure since the end of business on Wednesday, December 7th. We continue to be unable to send or receive emails. If you require assistance, please contact us by telephone or fax at the following numbers below and you will be directed to the proper department. We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. In the meantime, please consult this space for updates.

Law Society Administration office:

Phone:  (306) 569-8242
Fax:  (306) 352-2989

Law Society Libraries:

Regina: (306) 569-8020 (phone) or (306) 569-0155 (fax)
Saskatoon: (306) 933-5141 (phone) or (306) 933-5166 (fax)

SLIA:

Phone: (306) 569-3091
Fax: (306) 569-8244

PBLS:

Phone: (306) 569-3098 or 1 (855) 833-7257
Fax: (306) 569-2198

December 7, 2016

New Law Society President and Vice President Elected - The Law Society of Saskatchewan, at its November 2016 Convocation, elected Erin Kleisinger, Q.C., as President, and Craig Zawada, Q.C., as Vice President, for 2017. We congratulate our new President and Vice President and would like to thank our outgoing President, Perry Erhardt, Q.C., for his hard work in 2016. 

November 30, 2016

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Jacob Robert Hoffart.

November 29, 2016

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Ambika Chaukla, Student-At-Law.

November 21, 2016

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a Notice of Suspension in the discipline matter of Jacob Robert Hoffart. Mr. Hoffart of Swift Current has been suspended and is not entitled to practice law from November 21, 2016 to January 2, 2017.

November 21, 2016

New Executive Director at the Law Society of Saskatchewan

Following an extensive National search the Law Society of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Brown to the position of Executive Director effective January 1, 2017. 

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has a history of leading both within the Province and on the national stage, allowing it to contribute and play key roles in the innovations that must continue to occur in order for the legal profession to adapt and grow into the future.  Under the policy governance direction of the Benchers, the Executive Director plays a central role in influencing the direction and regulation of Saskatchewan’s legal profession in the public interest.  Tim brings a wealth of diverse experience to this position and will provide continued strong leadership and strategic direction to the LSS.

See the full Press Release here.

November 17, 2016

The Saskatchewan Provincial Court is pleased to advise that the Criminal Division Practice Directives are now available in both official languages and have been posted to their website.  The Court believes this is a positive step in improving access and visibility of the French language to the Court.

November 14, 2016

The Law Society has been working with volunteers from Saskatchewan law firms to develop resources to support the retention and advancement of lawyers.  Resources respecting parental leave and flexible work arrangements have been developed and are available for use by all Saskatchewan members.  The Law Society has also published a report on the results of two surveys of the membership on these topics. The report and resources are available here.

November 7, 2016

Recent Posts on Legal Sourcery - 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:

November 3, 2016

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

November 2, 2016

Effective January 1, 2017, the Registry Office at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Weyburn will be closed. The Sheriff’s Office will also be closed. These services will be moved and delivered from Estevan. Details of the impact on the community will be determined prior to January 1. If you have any questions please contact Linsay Rabyj, Executive Director of Communications,  Ministry of Justice at 306-787-0775 or email linsay.rabyj@gov.sk.ca.

November 1, 2016

Recent Posts on Legal Sourcery - 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:

October 20, 2016

Recent Posts on Legal Sourcery - 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:

October 17, 2016

Recent Posts on Legal Sourcery - 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:

October 13, 2016

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan recently released 2 consultation papers and are seeking feedback:


The deadline for comments is October 31, 2016.  
Comments can be provided directly to the Director of Research or via the survey posted on the Law Reform Commission website.

October 6, 2016

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

Recent Posts on Legal Sourcery - 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:

October 5, 2016

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

October 4, 2016

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Wayne Gary Webb.

September 28, 2016

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

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

September 27, 2016

Recent Posts on Legal Sourcery - 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:

September 9, 2016

Recent Posts on Legal Sourcery - 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:

September 8, 2016

Save the date - The Annual Gown to Gown Lawyers’ Charity Gala will be held on January 27, 2017 in Regina.  Proceeds of the upcoming gala will go to benefit PBLS.

September 7, 2016

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

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

September 6, 2016

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

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