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December 20, 2012

The annual Gown to Gown Lawyers' Charity Gala will be held on January 25, 2013 in Regina.  Tickets can be ordered on Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan website.

December 19, 2012

Thirteen Saskatchewan lawyers were honoured with Queen's Counsel (Q.C.) appointments.

December 6, 2012

Saskatchewan is seeing an unprecedented increase in the demand for land due to strong commodity prices, low interest rates and a positive outlook in agriculture.  The increase in demand is not only coming from local farmers, but from investors across Canada and beyond.  While Saskatchewan is open for business and encourages investment, it is important to be aware of certain restrictions related to farm land ownership.  For more information, please see the attached letter from FLSB.

December 3, 2012

Effective December 21, 2012, Transcript Services in Regina will be relocating to 1100 - 1874 Scarth Street, Regina, SK S4P 4B3.  The new fax number is (306) 787-5830. Phone and email addresses will remain unchanged. 

November 28, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued  a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Sterling Gilbert McLean.

November 21, 2012

The Provincial Court is holding the Swearing-in Ceremony for Judge Robert Lane at 3 p.m., December 7, at the La Ronge Provincial Court House.

November 16, 2012

Balloting for the Bencher Election closed at midnight on November 15, 2012.  We are pleased to congratulate the following newly elected Benchers for the Law Society of Saskatchewan for a 3 year term, commencing January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015.

REGINA:

Perry Erhardt, Q.C.
Michael Megaw, Q.C.
Ronni Nordal
Patrick Reis, Q.C.
Darcia Schirr, Q.C.

SASKATOON:

Bruce Bauer
Joel Hesje, Q.C.
Heather Laing 
Lorraine St. Cyr 
Jay Watson

PRINCE ALBERT: 

Ronald Parchomchuk

NORTH EAST: 

Thomas Healey

NORTH WEST: 

Miguel Martinez

CENTRAL: 

David Chow

SOUTH WEST: 

Robert Heinrichs

SOUTH EAST: 

no nominations

EAST CENTRAL: 

David Rusnak

NEW LAWYER: 

Sean Sinclair

 

November 15, 2012

Last day to have your say.  Bencher Election voting ends at midnight.  There is still time to get your vote in

November 14, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Robert Louis Stevenson.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan issued  a notice of suspension in the discipline matter of John David Hardy.

November 13, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued  an order in the discipline matter of William Royden Howe.

The Provincial Court Bar Judicial Council is a forum for members of the Bar to bring forward any concerns to the Bench.  A meeting of the committee is scheduled for mid-November and members are invited to bring forward items for the Agenda.  Members are not required to participate in the meeting, however, your issues or concerns will be discussed by the committee members.  Please email your Agenda items by November 16th to reception@lawsociety.sk.ca.

November 7, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued  a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Krishan Kumar.

Nominations are open for the 2012 Pro Bono Service Award to be presented at the 2013 Lawyers' Charity Gala on January 25, 2013.  Deadline for nominations is January 4, 2013.

November 5, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a decision in the discipline matter of John David Hardy.

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has released Corporate Fiduciary Services: Final Report. In summary, the current legislation and regulation surrounding corporate fiduciaries serves the purpose of protecting users of fiduciary services from risk and losses. If corporate trustees and fiduciaries other than trust companies are permitted, these protections may be weakened or lost. In the Commission's opinion, weakening protection is unnecessary given no demonstrated need for reform of the law. Individuals in Saskatchewan should find that they have access to fiduciary services when needed. The Commission recommends no changes to Saskatchewan's corporate fiduciary services legislation and regulation at present.

October 26, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of William Royden Howe.

October 25, 2012

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has released Presumption of Crown Immunity: Consultation Paper. This consultation paper discusses the presumption of Crown immunity and the consequences of reversing it. This paper: (a) Discusses how the courts in Canada have interpreted and applied the presumption; (b) Reviews the criticisms of the presumption; and (c) Considers how reversing the presumption would affect the law in Saskatchewan. Consultation is open until March 31, 2013. Please share this paper with anyone you think may be interested. The Law Reform Commission encourages you to review and respond to the consultation questions. Please note that if two or more lawyers meet to discuss the Consultation Paper and draft a response, it is likely that the meeting would qualify for Law Society of Saskatchewan CPD hours as a study group.

October 23, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan may appoint five members to the Law Foundation.  There is currently a vacancy for two Law Society appointees.  We are seeking volunteers from the membership, including Benchers and former Benchers, for consideration in the appointment process.

October 19, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan issued a notice of suspension in the discipline matter of Douglas Allan Ottenbreit.

October 12, 2012

Bencher Election nomination biographies are now posted to the Law Society website by Electoral Division. Voting will open October 19, 2012 and close November 15, 2012.  You will receive an email with voting instructions and a link to the online voting website once the polls are officially open. 

October 10, 2012

The Honourable Lana L. Krogan-Stevely was appointed a Judge of Her Majesty's Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan on October 5, 2012.

September 25, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan issued an order in the discipline matter of Douglas Allan Ottenbreit.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Conduct Investigation Committee issued a notice of resignation and a decision in the discipline mattter of Bonnie Grace Marwood.

September 24, 2012

Citizenship and immigration Canada (CIC) would like to remind our members that CIC no longer systematically sends letters to clients requesting an update of their Humanitarian and Compassionate (H & C) application for permanent residence. It is the responsibility of each client to keep their application up to date and to inform CIC of any change in their application. Updates can be sent via e-mail, fax or mail to the Backlog Reduction Office in Vancouver (BRO-V):

CIC - Backlog Reduction Office
1148 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC  V6Z 2C3
Fax: 604-666-1116
e-mail: CIC-Vancouver-BRO-BRA@cic.gc.ca

September 18, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a decision in the discipline matter of Russell Milton Peet.

September 12, 2012

The CRA Business Number is expandingto include extra-provincial corporations and import continuances in Saskatchewan.  The matching and conversion process will commence on September 10, 2012 to match existing Corporate Registry extra-provincial corporations with CRA Business Numbers based on the incorporation information from the home jurisdiction. For businesses that do not have a BN and have incorporated in a non BN partner jurisdiction, Business Numbers will be assigned between September 10 and 17, 2012. For more information on the CRA Business Number, including Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Corporate Registry website.

September 11, 2012

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is the national coordinating body of the 14 provincial and territorial Law Societies.  The Federation leads in the development of high national standards of regulation to ensure that all Canadians are served by a competent, honourable and independent legal profession.  The Law Society of Saskatchewan has an opening for a Council member to serve for a two-year term and who may also be eligible for reappointment for up to six years.

September 5, 2012

The Chief Adjudicator of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat issued a document "Expectations of Legal Practice in the IAP" in English and in French.

September 4, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of John David Hardy.

August 27, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Douglas Allan Ottenbreit.

August 20, 2012

The Court of Queen's Bench of Saskatchewan issued a notice to the profession pertaining to the amendments of The Queen's Bench Rules to comply with The Enforcement of Money Judgment Act.

2012 is an election year for Benchers of the Law Society of Saskatchewan.  Law Society Rules 15 through 32 outline election procedures and protocol. More information and nomination forms are located in the "Bencher Election 2012" section.

August 16, 2012

The designation of Queen's Counsel is made by the Minister of Justice through a selection process that includes consultation with the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Bar Association and the Courts. The Law Society is now accepting nominations for Queen's Counsel.  Deadline for nominations is October 3, 2012.  Nomination form and more information can be found here.

The C. Willy Hodgson Award is intended to recognize individuals or organizations who exemplify integrity, leadership and character, and have made or are making outstanding contributions to advancing equity and diversity in legal education, the legal profession and/or the administration of justice in Saskatchewan or in Canada. Nominations are now open for the 2012 award which will be presented in 2013.  The deadline for nominations is November 23, 2012.

August 9, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan issued a notice of suspension in the discipline matter of Dorothy Jane Olson.

The Hearing Committee of the Admissions and Education Committee for the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the matter re Crystal Frost-Hinz.

August 1, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Michelle LeClair-Harding.

July 25, 2012

The Ministry of Social Services has released the report, Women in the Saskatchewan Labour Market: A Comparison of Wage Rates (2012).  The report may be useful for family law practitioners in the context of applications for spousal support.  On page 45, the report "isolates the effect of child-rearing on lifetime earnings by looking at women in a husband-wife relationship."

July 18, 2012

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is expanding the Business Number program to all existing Saskatchewan businesses.  As of July 23, 2012, CRA will begin assigning Business Numbers to business corporations that were incorporated in Saskatchewan prior to April 16, 2012 and do not currently have a Business Number.

July 13, 2012

The Benchers of the Law Society of Saskatchewan have released a decision in relation to their review of the August 8, 2011 Admission and Education Committee Decision pertaining to Daniel Demaria and his Application to be admitted as a lawyer.  The Benchers have upheld the decision of the Admissions and Education Committee to deny Mr. Demaria's application for admission.

July 12, 2012

Please be advised that the that the Discipline Suspension in relation to Evatt Francis Anthony Merchant, Q.C. has been stayed pending an Appeal to the Court of Appeal by Mr. Merchant.  He is therefore entitled to practice law at this time.

July 11, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada issued a notice to the profession re filing of applications for leave to appeal by electronic means.

July 9, 2012

Family Justice Services would like to remind members of the Law Society that the Supervised Access/Exchange Program is provided by Family Justice Services and not the YWCA.  When considering supervised access/exchange for your clients, please contact Family Justice Services in Saskatoon (306) 933-5930 or Regina (306) 787-9416. 

June 28, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a notice of suspension in relation to Evatt Francis Anthony (Tony) Merchant Q.C. effective June 30, 2012.

The Code of Professional Conduct will come into effect July 1, 2012.  Since the Code was placed on the website in late February, it has been amended, particularly Chapter 3 - Marketing of Legal Services. Please refer to the website for the most up-to-date version. If you downloaded a copy to your computer or printed a hard copy in February, please do not use the old version. 

The Miscellaneous Statutes (Collaborative Law) Amendment Act, 2012, S.S. 2012, c. 24 comes into force on July 1, 2012.  This Act amends three family law acts enforcing the obligations of lawyers to inform their clients of the advisability of using alternative methods and/or collaborative law services to resolve matters.

June 27, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a Decision of the Discipline Committee on Sentence in relation to Evatt Francis Anthony (Tony) Merchant Q.C.

June 20, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee released its decision in the discipline matter of Rodney Charles Simaluk.

June 19, 2012

The Saskatchewan Provincial Court meeting En Banc decided that the preparation of a series of Practice Directives would prompt simple, effective and efficient management of certain proceedings in the criminal courts. The purpose of the Practice Directives is to assist counsel by standardizing certain proceedings in the Provincial Court throughout Saskatchewan.  These Practice Directives take effect on September 4, 2012.

June 14, 2012

The Court of Queen's Bench resolved that the entire Revised Queen's Bench Rules will come into force on July 1, 2013.

June 5, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee issued a notice of sentencing in the discipline matter of Dorothy Jane Olson.

May 30, 2012

Michelle Ouellette, Q.C. of McKercher LLP has been appointed as a Trustee in relation to the legal practice of Kristian Eggum Q.C. of Abrametz & Eggum.  Any matters pertaining to Mr. Eggum's practice can be brought to the attention of the Trustee or the remaining lawyers at Abrametz & Eggum, Peter V. Abrametz and Krista Eggum. 

May 28, 2012

The Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Darin Chow will be held on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm at the Moose Jaw Provincial Court House.

The Rules of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan were amended, effective June 28, 2012. Rule 707(1) and Form 107 (Affidavit of Execution of Will) were repealed and replaced.

May 24, 2012

ISC has partnered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to become the provincial partner responsible for managing the CRA's Business Number (BN) program for the province of Saskatchewan. The business number (BN) is a nine-digit number that the Canada Revenue Agency will assign to a business for tax matters related to business in Canada.

May 18, 2012

The Enforcement of Money Judgments Regulations, The Personal Property Security Amendment Regulations and The Land Titles Amendment Regulations, (No.2) have now been approved.  These regulations will come into force with the upcoming proclamation of The Enforcement of Money Judgments Act on Monday, May 28, 2012, but are now available for review.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee released its report in the discipline matter of Brenda Anne Walper-Bossence.

May 17, 2012

The New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWP) between Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C eliminates the need for multiple business registrations from one province to the next and streamlines regulatory requirements required to start and operate a business.

May 8, 2012

On May 4, 2012, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that Darin Clayton Chow has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Yorkton. 

May 7, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan issued a  notice of interim suspension in the discipline matter of Kristian Eggum.

The Queen's Bench Bar Judicial Council is a form for members of the Bar to bring forward any concerns to the Bench.  A meeting of the committee is scheduled for the end of May and members are invited to bring forward any items for the Agenda.  Members are not required to participate in the meeting, however, your issues or concerns will be discussed by committee members.  Please email your Agenda items by May 22nd to Liz at llynchuk@lawsociety.sk.ca.

Professional liability insurance for Saskatchewan lawyers is provided through a reciprocal insurance exchange known as Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association (CLIA).  The Law Society has representation on the CLIA board through appointment of a board member and an alternate.  There is currently a position open for the alternate.

May 4, 2012

Wireless Internet Available In Select Court Facilities - Effective immediately wireless internet is available in Regina, Saskatoon and La Ronge Provincial Courts as well as in the Regina Court House on Victoria Avenue. Wireless internet is available within the court houses to the general public, although visitor guidelines continue to prohibit the use of electronic devices in the courtrooms by members of the public.  An enhanced wireless internet service (faster speed and no restrictions as to content) is available for lawyers only. The purpose of the enhanced wireless service is to facilitate legal research. Lawyers may access the service by using the password located in the Members' Section of the Law Society website.  It is anticipated that this password will change a few times a year.  When the password is changed the new password will be posted on the Members' Section of the Law Society website.

ISC is making changes in response to new debt enforcement legislation expected to come into effect on May 28, 2012.

May 3, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee issued notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Rodney Charles Simaluk.

April 25, 2012

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has recently released the following final reports, which are forwarded to the Minister of Justice as proposals:

April 13, 2012

ISC's Corporate Registry: Share Structures - As the legal community may be aware, share structures have become lengthier and more complex over time. ISC is continually looking for ways to improve efficiencies and ensure greater consistency in the way documents are being reviewed and processed.

Please be reminded that ISC only reviews the following portions of share structure submissions:

  1. Class of shares
  2. Maximum number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue
  3. Voting rights for each class of share

Please ensure that all statutory requirements are met prior to submitting documents to ISC for processing.

April 12, 2012

The Court of Appeal has implemented mandatory electronic filing of documents on April 2, 2012.  The move to mandatory e-filing will result in changes to existing Civil Practice Directive No. 3 and No. 6.  The Court is presently finalizing the new practice directives and will provide further notification to Law Society members once that process is complete.  Any questions about mandatory e-filing and/or the practice directives should be addressed to the Court's Registrar at mbaldwin@sasklawcourts.ca.

April 5, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has released written reasons on penalty in relation to Daniel Tapp.

April 2, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is seeking a volunteer who will represent the Society by being a member on the Senate of the University of Regina

Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region and the Public Guardian And Trustee are holding a conference on assessing for capacity on April 16th and 17th , 2012  in Regina. The conference, "Your Capacity Assessment Tool Kit", will deal with substitute decision-making, powers of attorney, guardianship, advanced care directives the Health Information and Protection of Privacy Act, financial abuse and assessing capacity. This conference will give you 13.5 CPD credit hours.  For more information and to register contact  South Sask ABI Outreach Team, Blaine.Katzberg@rqhealth.ca, 1 866 766-5617.

March 29, 2012

Members of Saskatchewan's legal community are invited to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony of Judge Inez Cardinal. The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House.

The Canadian Federal Government released its 2012 budget

March 27, 2012

Mandatory Code of Professional Conduct Training - The Law Society of Saskatchewan has approved a new Code of Professional Conduct, which will come into effect on July 1, 2012.  The Code is based on the "Model Code" drafted by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

Since the Code is fundamental to our members' conduct and the Law Society's function as regulator, it is essential that all lawyers become familiar with the new Code and the changes that have been approved.   Accordingly, the Benchers have directed that Law Society training related to the new Code be mandatory and be provided to our members at no cost.  All active members are required to attend a mandatory training session by December 31, 2012.

The training will be offered via fourteen live sessions throughout the province.  The sessions are two-hours in length and will be instructed by Brent Cotter, Q.C.  The sessions offered in Saskatoon and Regina will be limited to 200 attendees per session so please register early to ensure you get your preferred date.

The sessions qualify for two (2) CPD hours (both of which qualify for ethics hours) under the Continuing Professional Development Policy that came into effect January 1, 2010.  Following attendance at a Code training session, members are responsible for reporting their CPD hours in the usual manner through their Member Profile on the Law Society website.

For more details and to register for a Code training session, print off the registration form.

The training will be available via recorded webinar for active members of the Law Society who do not reside in Saskatchewan.  Additional information related to the recorded webinar will be available at a later date.

Questions related to the Code training sessions can be directed to Andrea Johnston, Director of Admissions and Education, at andrea@lawsociety.sk.ca or 306.569.8242.

March 22, 2012

(Please see updated announcement on April 11, 2012) The Court of Appeal will be implementing mandatory electronic filing of documents effective April 2, 2012.  The move to mandatory e-filing will result in changes to existing Civil Practice Directive No. 3 and to the creation of a new criminal practice directive on electronic filing.  The English versions of these new practice directives are now available for review: 

The Court is presently finalizing the new practice directives and will provide further notification to Law Society members once that process is complete.  Any questions about mandatory e-filing and/or the practice directives should be addressed to the Court's Registrar at mbaldwin@sasklawcourts.ca.  (Added April 11, 2012)

March 13, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has released further detail in relation to the Evatt Francis Anthony (Tony) Merchant Q.C. discipline matter.  A case summary is now available to supplement the publication note previously released.

March 7, 2012

Law Society of Saskatchewan has received a notice of undertaking not to practice law from Kristian Albert Eggum, Q.C.

ISC has announced that as of March 5, they will no longer allow a mineral title to be split beyond a 1/20th tenant in common share of the title.

March 1, 2012

Law societies across Canada are adopting a national set of ethical rules for lawyers, with minor provincial variations.  The Benchers of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, along with the Law Society staff, have been working with the "Model Code" drafted by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada since 2004, and have undertaken a line-by-line comparison of the Model Code to Saskatchewan's current Code of Professional Conduct.  The Benchers approved the "Model Code" as the new Code of Professional Conduct on February 10, 2012, which will come into effect on July 1, 2012, replacing the current Code that has guided lawyers in the province since 1991.

While the Code has a new format, there are only a few substantive changes to the rules of ethics.  The amendments focus largely on better overall organization of the rules, with improved "best practice guidance" in the commentaries to the rules.  Each province retains the legislative responsibility for its own code of conduct.  The Saskatchewan Code has retained certain 'colloquial' ethical quirks, and has done away with others in the spirit of adopting a national Code.

Since the Code is fundamental to our members' conduct and the Law Society's function as regulator, it is essential that all lawyers become familiar with the new Code and the changes that have been approved.   Training related to the new Code will be mandatory and will be provided to our members at no cost.  The training will be offered in several different centres across the province and must be completed by all members by December 31, 2012.  Members will be entitled to report this free training as CPD hours, which will also qualify as ethics hours.

Tables of concordance, which can be cross-referenced to locate the equivalent of any section from one version of the Code to the other, have been provided, along with the full version of the new Code.  Please review these documents at your convenience in anticipation of the July 1, 2012 effective date.  More details regarding the mandatory training will be provided as it becomes available.

Table of Concordance, from 2012 Code to 1991 Code
Table of Concordance, from 1991 Code to 2012 Code

February 21, 2012

According to Equifax Canada's recent report on fraud incidents in Canada, mortgage application fraud  accounted for more than $400 million dollars in 2011. " Mortgage Fraud on the Rise", an article by Nicolas Van Praet,  discusses reasons why this type of fraud is growing in today's real estate market. (Financial Post, February 21, 2012, online)

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee issued a ruling in the discipline matter of Member A.

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has reached a decision in the discipline matter of Evatt Francis Anthony (Tony) Merchant Q.C.  It has been determined that Mr. Merchant is guilty of conduct unbecoming a lawyer in that he did:

  • Breach an Order of the Court of Queen's Bench that required his firm to pay certain settlement proceeds due to his client, "Client X", into court pending determination of a related family property issue; and
  • Counsel and/or assist his client, "Client X", to act in defiance of an Order of the Court of Queen's Bench.


The Law Society of Saskatchewan has the responsibility for investigating complaints of lawyer conduct.  These investigations often require clients to provide confidential information about communications with their lawyer.  Communications between a lawyer and client must be in the utmost confidence and such communications are protected by solicitor-client privilege.  The Supreme Court of Canada has commented that solicitor-client privilege is a right that must be as close to absolute as possible.  The governing legislation for the Law Society of Saskatchewan (The Legal Profession Act) provides a limited exception to solicitor-client privilege for the purposes of investigating and disciplining lawyers.  The Legal Profession Act also provides protection for clients to ensure that communications with lawyers that are subject to solicitor-client privilege remain confidential to the greatest extent possible.  The entitlement to solicitor-client privilege belongs to the client rather than the lawyer and the maintenance of privilege is done solely in the interests of protecting the client's rights.

In the current matter, much of the evidence called at the hearing was subject to solicitor-client privilege.  As such the hearing in this matter was closed to the public at the request of the client.  In order to maintain the solicitor-client privilege that exists in relation to the evidence called at the hearing, the client has requested that the full decision in this matter not be published in its original form.  The Law Society of Saskatchewan, in keeping with the requirements of The Legal Profession Act, is, at this time, refraining from publishing the findings of the Hearing Committee to prevent, to the greatest extent possible, any disclosure of information that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

February 17, 2012

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts is seeking a member of the Law Society, with a preferred area of practice involving financial dealings, to serve as a member of the Audit Committee.  For more information on the Committee, please see the attached correspondence dated January 17, 2012.  Anyone wanting to be considered for nomination can submit a resume and letter of interest to the attention of Thomas Schonhoffer, Q.C. at the Law Society, care of his assistant Liz, at llynchuk@lawsociety.sk.ca.  Deadline for applications is March 1, 2012.

February 15, 2012

The following Bills will be before the Legislature in early March:

  1. The Enforcement of Canadian Judgments Amendment Act, 2011, Bill No. 31
  2. The Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Amendment Act, 2011, Bill No. 29
  3. The Inter-jurisdictional Support Orders Amendments Act, 2011, Bill No. 32
  4. The Commissioners for Oaths Act, 2011, Bill No. 21

Members who wish to comment on any or all of the Bills may direct their comments to either the Office of the Official Opposition, at caucus@ndpcaucus.sk.ca or to the Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General at minister.jus@gov.sk.ca, or both.  The subject line should state "Comment on Legislation" and comments should be delivered by March 1, 2012.

February 7, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Hearing Committee issued a  notice of suspension in the discipline matter of  Sterling Gilbert McLean. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal released its decision, Law Society of Saskatchewan v. McLean, 2012 SKCA 7.

Policy Options magazine, published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), is asking for submissions to the annual Constitutional Affairs Essay Competition (Concours de dissertations sur les questions constitutionnelles). The competition's organizers aim to promote debate on constitutional affairs in Canada by publishing the best student essays on the topic and compensating their authors. Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2012.

February 6, 2012

The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench has released its decision on Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan, 2012 SKQB 62.

February 1, 2012

Canadian Bankers Association has issued an updated list of bank officials to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortgages.  This list, in English and French, contains two changes (Manulife Bank and Laurentian Bank) and replaces all earlier versions.

January 26, 2012

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

The Court of Appeal will be implementing mandatory electronic filing of documents relating to appeals through eCourt effective April 2, 2012.

January 20, 2012

CBA Saskatchewan Branch is offering the " Retaining Women in Law:  A Sound Business Strategy" seminar in Saskatoon on March 5, 2012 and in Regina on March 6, 2012.  This seminar will appeal not only to women who want to be successful in the legal profession, but also to male partners and firm leaders who want to understand what firms can do to make the practice of law more attractive to women on a long term basis. 

January 17, 2012

The Rules of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan were amended, effective the January 13, 2012. Rule 745 and Schedule I "C" (Tariff of Costs in Probate and Administration of Estate Matters) were repealed and replaced.

The Saskatchewan government is seeking feedback on 57 recommendations for changes to the workers' compensation system in Saskatchewan detailed in the Workers' Compensation Act Committee of Review report.

January 12, 2012

The Court of Queen's Bench has approved the Protocol for the Management of Multi-Jurisdictional Actions.

January 10, 2012

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has issued a consultation paper on the topic of " Access to Justice: Needy Person Certificates and Waiver of Fees." The Commission is seeking input in the form of comments and suggestions from people with experience and knowledge in the field, as well as members of the public. This consultation paper describes Needy Person Certificates and other fee waiver policies in Saskatchewan courts and tribunals. Problems in the present system are identified and discussed. The Law Reform Commission hopes that discussion of the questions raised about fee waivers in this paper will provide the foundation for reforms that will contribute to wider access to justice for the less advantaged members of our community. Responses may be sent to the Commission before April 20, 2012.

January 9, 2012

The E.M. Culliton Scholarship Endowment is now accepting applications for 2012.  Up to two scholarships may be awarded in any one year.  The deadline date for receipt of applications is May 4th, 2012.

January 5, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Committee issued its decisions in the discipline matters of Anne Elizabeth Hardy, William T. Johnston and Steven J. Wilson.

ISC Taking Steps to Limit Mineral Ownership Shares - In 2012, Information Services Corporation (ISC) will be taking steps to limit fractional ownership shares of mineral titles.  No longer will a mineral title be split beyond a 1/20th tenant in common share of the title.

To do this, ISC will be implementing system, process and policy changes.  ISC has been actively working with stakeholders in the resource sector, the legal community and our partners in government to limit fractional ownership of minerals in Saskatchewan to help ensure that our province remains as competitive as possible with neighbouring jurisdictions.  We expect that certain regulatory amendments that will effectively restrict mineral ownership shares will come into effect in early 2012. 

January 3, 2012

The Law Society of Saskatchewan, at its December Convocation, elected Gregory Walen, Q.C. as President and Heather Laing as Vice-President for the upcoming 2012 year.

Gregory Walen, Q.C. is a partner with Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher LLP in Saskatoon, practicing exclusively in the area of family law.  He is a lecturer in family law at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan.  Mr. Walen is the Chair of the Victims of Crimes Compensation Appeal Committee for the Province of Saskatchewan and has been a Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan since 2005.

Heather Laing is a partner with the law firm McDougall Gauley LLP, in its Saskatoon office.  Ms. Laing practices primarily in the area of insurance law and civil litigation.  She was elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2010 and is currently the Chair of the Professional Standards Committee for the Law Society.