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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#1concerning 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 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

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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

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October 20, 2016

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October 17, 2016

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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.

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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.

August 31, 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:

August 30, 2016

The Court of Queen’s Bench has amended its Rules of Court as a consequence of the recent enactment of The Fee Waiver Act.  The amendments can be found on the Court's website.

August 29, 2016

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

August 26, 2016

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Jacob Robert Hoffart.

August 24, 2016

The Hearing Committee of the Admissions and Education Committee for the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the matter of William Kevin Rogers.

August 18, 2016

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August 15, 2016

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

August 12, 2016

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August 10, 2016

New Professional Conduct Ruling – Contingency Agreements - In June, the Ethics Committee considered a rather important question that arose in relation to contingency agreements designed to protect members’ remuneration in the event a client unilaterally decides to discontinue an action, or to change lawyers before conclusion of an action. The result was a Professional Conduct Ruling that renders two previous Professional Conduct Rulings obsolete (1988 SKLSPC 6 and 1991 SKLSPC 6). For your reference, please read the ruling and see a more detailed analysis here.

August 2, 2016

The Court of Queen’s Bench has amended the Rules of Court effective August 1, 2016.  The amendments update the family law rules and forms, update the foreclosure rules and forms, and make other changes to the rules of general application, including allowing for an address for service to be anywhere in Canada, and new filing deadlines for objections to expert reports, as well as new deadlines for filing materials for use in Chambers  hearings.   The amendments can be found on the Court’s website.  Amended forms in individual MS Word files are available on the Law Society website.

July 21, 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:

July 19, 2016

A Conduct Investigation Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the matter of Robert Borden.

July 14, 2016

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Marilyn Patricia Wappel.

July 12, 2016

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the implementation of the new Corporate Registry system operated by Information Services Corporation (ISC).  The new system makes it easier, faster and more convenient for businesses and non-profit corporations to search, register and operate in Saskatchewan.  To view the government media release, please visit Saskatchewan.ca.

July 7, 2016

The Law Society Library is developing a strategic plan to better serve our members. To ensure we offer the resources and services you need, we ask that you provide your opinion in the survey you received today in our weekly email. The survey should take approximately 10 -15 minutes to complete and will be open until July 28th.  If you did not receive the survey link or are experiencing any issues, please contact Melanie Hodges Neufeld. We are grateful for your feedback!

July 6, 2016

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Gordon Balon, Q.C.

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a Notice of Suspension in the discipline matter of Marilyn Patricia Wappel. Ms. Wappel of Regina has been suspended and is not entitled to practice law for a period of 4.5 months effective June 28, 2016.

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July 4, 2016

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision and a Notice of Suspension in the discipline matter of Marilyn Adsit. Ms. Adsit of North Battleford has been suspended and is not entitled to practice law for a period of 2 months effective August 1, 2016.

June 30, 2016

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

June 29, 2016

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June 14, 2016

Information Services Corporation has released information regarding their Annual Fee Review for 2016. Land Registry, Corporate Registry, Personal Property Registry, and Surveys Registry fees will be changing effective July 10, 2016. Please visit ISC website for a list of fee changes broken down by products.

June 13, 2016

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June 3, 2016

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has issued a Notice of Interim Suspension in relation to Wayne Gary Webb pursuant to section 45 of The Legal Profession Act, 1990. Mr. Webb is not currently entitled to practice law. Scott Spencer of Robertson Stromberg LLP has been appointed as Trustee in relation to the law practice of Wayne Gary Webb. Inquiries may be directed to Scott Spencer at 306-652-7575.

June 1, 2016

The Law Society has recently developed a Locum Lawyer Registry, available on our website. A Locum Lawyer is a Saskatchewan lawyer, in good standing with the Law Society, who is willing to make themselves available (for appropriate financial compensation) to provide temporary or limited relief, or practice coverage for other Saskatchewan practitioners who may find themselves in need of some assistance. The services a Locum could be engaged to cover are instances such as holidays for solo practitioners, or extended medical leave. Temporary assistance for major projects or with “catch-up” may also be circumstances in which a Locum  would be helpful.

The website registry also features several useful documents to help with the process such as:

  • Information for Lawyers Seeking Locum Work
  • Tips for Hiring a Locum Lawyer
  • The Contract: Potential Issues and Sample Clauses
  • Ethical Issues and Practice Management
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Technology Preparedness
  • Locum Lawyer Scenarios


If you are interested in providing such a service to your fellow members or are in need of assistance, please visit the registry.

May 31, 2016

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Marilyn Patricia Wappel.

May 27, 2016 

Administrative Notice: Supervised Access by Responsible Adult Orders - The Court of Queen's Bench has issued a new Administrative Notice to provide guidance and sample orders respecting Interim Custody and Supervised Access Orders where the supervision is provided by a responsible adult and not Family Justice Services or another agency. 

May 27, 2016

Bill 162, The Enforcement of Money Judgments Amendment Act, 2014 and the companion regulations, The Enforcement of Money Judgments Amendment Regulations, 2016 are proclaimed in force effective May 30, 2016.  The amendments include:

  • Extending the effective period for a notice of seizure of employment income from 12 months to two years;
  • Giving Sheriffs the authority to immediately ensure that the title to land is clear before the title is transferred to a third party purchaser.  This applies when there is an agreement that payment will be made out of the proceeds of a land sale to address a debt before being sold to another party;
  • Appointing a Director of Sheriffs ;
  • Authorizing the Director of Sheriffs to stop pursuing money from debtors if the amount owed is less than the cost to recoup it; and
  • Authorizing the Director of Sheriffs to provide the forms under the Act rather than requiring the passage of regulations.


The forms under the Act will continue to be made available electronically on line at the Queen’s Printer under The Enforcement of Money Judgments Act link.

Please contact Debbie Barker, Director, Enforcement of Money Judgments Unit at debbie.barker@gov.sk.ca for more information.

May 27, 2016

The Annual General Meeting of Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan will take place in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Bar Association – Saskatchewan Branch on Thursday June 16, 2016 at 2pm at The Saskatoon Club, 417 21 St. E., Saskatoon, SK.

The Annual General Meeting is being held for the purpose of:
1. Receipt and consideration of the Corporation’s Annual Report 
2. Receipt and consideration of the Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report for 2015 
3. Reappointment of Auditor
4. Such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

May 27, 2016

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May 20, 2016

CPD PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE - Call for Members

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is committed to providing continuing professional development opportunities to the profession. The CPD Program Planning Committee will assist the Director of Admissions & Education and the CPD Program Coordinator in the selection of subject matter, presenters, and the organization and delivery of continuing professional development programming.

The Law Society is seeking applications for the CPD Program Planning Committee. Selection for the Committee should be representative of the profession including diversity in practice, geographic location, gender, etc. An interest or experience in education would also be an asset.

The deadline for receipt of applications is June 27, 2016. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to the attention of Sarah Rider, CPD Program Coordinator via email to sarah@lawsociety.sk.ca.

May 16, 2016

CDIC Annual Reporting Requirements - This is a reminder to all members with trust accounts that trust account information as at April 30th must be provided to your bank no later than May 30th so that your account is insured as required.  For more information about this requirement, please go to our website Law Office Management section (password required).  

May 11, 2016

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May 4, 2016

Law Society Consultation on Entity Regulation

Driven in part by new technologies, new business models and access to justice concerns, the practice of law, the public demand for legal services and the regulation of the legal profession around the world are changing.  In collaboration with the Law Societies of Alberta and Manitoba, the Law Society of Saskatchewan is consulting with Saskatchewan lawyers to shape the future of regulation and delivery of legal services in our province.

The consultation will focus on what types of organizations (entities) should be regulated by the Law Society.  It will consider an approach where legal organizations are told what outcomes are expected of them, but not how to deliver them, providing the organization with the flexibility and autonomy to achieve the required outcomes. 

To take part, please visit www.lawsocietylistens.ca, where you can learn more about the consultation topics and answer the survey questions.  You will first have to register on the top right-hand corner of the site.  It may take a few moments to receive your registration link via email.  Once you have registered, you can submit general questions and written submissions in the “Starting the Dialogue” window and answer the specific survey questions about “Entity Regulation” and “Compliance-based Entity Regulation”by visiting those sections of the website.  You can also provide your input in a very preliminary discussion about “Alternative Business Structures.” 

For further information, the site also includes explanatory videos, articles about the consultation topics and Frequently Asked Questions.  The consultation topics were also covered in detail in a formal discussion paper authored by the Prairie law societies in November 2015 which we encourage you to read for further information.  

In addition to the information you will find on the site, we are offering further consultation opportunities to engage the greatest number of lawyers possible, including:

  • A free webinar presented by Benchers of the Law Society on May 18th at 12 p.m.  Please register here.
  • A panel discussion at our AGM in Saskatoon on June 16th at 4 pm for a face-to-face opportunity to learn about and discuss the issues and share your input.  Please register here.


The consultation website will be open until June 30. We encourage you to visit www.lawsocietylistens.ca to start the dialogue!

April 27, 2016

Saskatchewan Law Review vol. 79, no. 1 (2016) is now availble in fulltext for Law Society members. Articles in this issue include:

April 22, 2016

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April 21, 2016

Survey – Expanding the Responsibilities of Non-lawyer Legal Service Providers – Open until May 12, 2016

The Ministry of Justice and the Law Society of Saskatchewan have jointly undertaken a project to explore the possibility of expanding the scope of non-lawyer legal services providers. The objective would be to increase access to justice by making some services available to members of the public without the need to engage a lawyer’s services.  A short consultation paper describing the project can be found here.  

At this stage, we have no preconceived ideas about what services could be provided, what form of training/licensing might be necessary, or who the service providers would be or how these individuals would be regulated.  We have developed two surveys, one for the public and another for lawyers and others who currently provide legal services in some form.  The surveys are designed to help determine perspectives and needs regarding expanded legal services and are part of an extensive consultation with legal organizations and other stakeholders within Saskatchewan’s justice system. 

The survey for legal service providers can be completed by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PNT2PQZ.  

The survey for members of the public can be completed by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6VVRMP9.

You are also encouraged to forward these surveys to any other person or group that you believe would be interested in completing them.  We are asking that the surveys be completed by May 12, 2016.  We will be considering next steps once we have the survey results.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this important initiative.

April 18, 2016

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Ruth Elaine Pradzynski.

April 14, 2016

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April 7, 2016

Provincial Mediation Board and Office of Residential Tenancies (Regina) Moving - Please note that effective April 1, 2016, the Provincial Mediation Board and the Regina office of the Office of Residential Tenancies have relocated.  The new location and mailing address is 304 – 1855 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK   S4P 3T2.

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

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April 5, 2016

In honour of the Canadian Bar Association’s Law Day, the Regina Public Library is cordially hosting a Legal Resources Fair on April 14th from 12 – 8 pm at the Central Library. Drop in between these hours to learn about your legal rights and to connect with community and legal service providers in Regina.  Read more...

March 30, 2016

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March 23, 2016

The University of Ottawa recently announced a new partnership with the University of Saskatchewan College of Law to offer a Certificate in French Common Law (CCLF). Beginning in the fall of 2016, it will allow incoming University of Saskatchewan students with competencies in French to obtain a CCLF from the University of Ottawa during the completion of the three year J.D.  Program. Read more...

March 10, 2016

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Robert Laird Borden.

March 8, 2016

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

March 7, 2016

Commencing March 2016, the Court of Queen's Bench is initiating a pilot project to deal with applications received from correctional facilities pursuant to section 525 of the Criminal Code to review the detention of persons being held before trial in excess of 30 days on a summary conviction offence or 90 days on an indictable offence. The process for dealing with these applications is set out in an information notice available on the Courts of Saskatchewan website.

March 3, 2016

Several amendments to The Condominium Property Regulations, 2001 came into effect on February 25, 2016, including an amendment to Form J – Declaration of Developer. The updated forms are available from Queen’s Printer and must be used effective immediately for all submissions to the Office of Public Registry Administration. For more information about the amendments, please review the condominium factsheets on Posting and Releasing of Security available at the Queen's Printer website.

February 29, 2016

The Hearing Committee of the Admissions and Education Committee for the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the matter of Candace Guist.

February 25, 2016

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

February 11, 2016

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a decision and notice of suspension in the discipline matter of Lori Lynn Gollan. Ms. Gollan of North Battleford has been suspended and is not entitled to practice law for a period of 5 months effective February 1, 2016.

February 8, 2016

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Gordon Balon, Q.C..

February 5, 2016

The Government of Saskatchewan recently proclaimed amendments to the farm ownership provisions of The Saskatchewan Farm Security Act (Part VI) and Regulations. The Saskatchewan Farm Land Security Board has prepared a summary of the amendments and ownership declaration forms for corporations and individuals. The forms are also available on Farm Land Security Board website.

February 4, 2016

Small Claims Limit Increase - Effective Thursday, February 4, 2016, the monetary limit for claims at Small Claims Court has been increased from $20,000 to $30,000. This increase to the monetary limit is the first change that has been implemented following the 2015 Small Claims Review Project that was carried out by the Ministry of Justice. The Review Project formed part of the Justice Innovation Agenda, the goal of which is to provide affordable, faster and citizen-centred dispute resolution.

January 28, 2016

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

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Karolee Ann Zawislak.

January 11, 2016

General Application Practice Directive #7: Adjournment of Chamber Proceedings comes into effect February 1, 2016. The new Practice Directive sets out how and when to notify the Local Registrar of requests to adjourn chamber matters.

January 4, 2016

This is a reminder that the deadline for 2015 Pro Bono Service Award nomination is January 15, 2016. The Pro Bono Service Award is an annual award presented jointly by the Law Society of Saskatchewan and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan. This award will be presented at the 6th Annual Gown to Gown: Lawyers’ Charity Gala which will take place on January 29, 2016 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.