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Since the introduction of mandatory CPD in Saskatchewan in 2010, the CPD Policy required that CPD content be designed for an audience that is primarily composed of lawyers, paralegals, articling students and/or law students. However, over the last decade the legal landscape has changed and access to justice has become an increasingly prominent issue. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of self-represented litigants and in public demand for legal information. Further, the Law Society has received questions/complaints from members who have presented to an audience that is not connected to the legal profession. These members express the view that to prepare and present to these other audiences requires similar (and sometimes more) review, analysis and preparation, as compared to presenting to a lawyer audience.
In light of this, and to better facilitate and encourage the delivery of legal information to the public, the CPD Policy has been amended, effective January 1, 2019, to reduce the restrictions on the type of audience required for CPD hours. The CPD content being presented must be in compliance with the overall subject matter requirements set out in the CPD Policy, but the restrictions on the type of audience have been removed, with the exception of presentations to clients (CPD hours are not available for presentations targeted primarily at clients).
Please refer to the complete CPD Policy on our website for further details related to CPD requirements.