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December 23, 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada has amended its rules of practice, effective January 1, 2014.

In the future, Notices to Profession issued by the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada will be communicated through news releases.  You can subscribe to the news releases at the Supreme Court of Canada website.

December 20, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee released a sentencing report in the discipline matter of Joel Arvid Hesje, Q.C.

December 19, 2013

Thirteen Saskatchewan lawyers have been honoured with Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) appointments.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee released a decision in the discipline matter of Murray Thomas Trunks.

December 18, 2013

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Patrick Reis, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014, at the Regina Provincial Court House. 

December 16, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has issued a Notice of Interim Suspension in relation to Harold Dean Mattison pursuant to section 45 of The Legal Profession Act, 1990.  

December 11, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has issued a Notice of Interim Suspension in relation to Pauline Duncan Bonneau, Q.C. (CAN) pursuant to section 45 of The Legal Profession Act, 1990.  She is not currently entitled to practice.  Scott Spencer of Robertson Stromberg LLP has been appointed as Trustee and now has carriage of Ms. Duncan Bonneau’s practice.  Inquiries may be directed to Scott Spencer at 306-525-8500 or 306-652-7575. 

December 10, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Committee issued a notice of sentencing in the discipline matter of John Ronald Cherkewich.

December 9, 2013

The Law Society Admin Office, Continuing Professional Development and Libraries will be closed for Christmas and New Year from December 25, 2013 to January 1, 2014.  

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee released a decision in the discipline matter of David Wayne Clements.

December 5, 2013

BENCHER VACANCY - The Law Society is now accepting applications for the position of Bencher. The appointment of Patrick Reis, Q.C. to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan leaves a Bencher vacancy in the Regina Electoral District. Pursuant to Section 20 of The Legal Profession Act, the Benchers are entitled to appoint a replacement. Please submit your resume and covering letter to Thomas Schonhoffer, Q.C. before January 2, 2014 via his assistant’s address: llynchuk@lawsociety.sk.ca.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Darryl Douglas Lucke.

December 4, 2013

In October, the Law Society offered our members a two-week free trial of rangefindr and we received overwhelmingly positive feedback. As a result, we have added rangefindr to the Member’s Section. Rangefindr is a tool to help lawyers find criminal sentencing ranges. By clicking a few tags that describe the kinds of cases you’re looking for (like “Assault”, “First Offender”, and “Emphasizes rehabilitation”), rangefindr tells you what kind of sentences were imposed. One more click and you can review the judgments themselves. To access rangefindr, please visit the Member’s Section and click on the rangefindr link. No further password is required. 

December 3, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of James Niel Halford.

December 2, 2013

Nominations are open for the 2013 Pro Bono Service Award to be presented at the 2014 Lawyers’ Charity Gala on January 31, 2014.  Deadline for nominations is January 17, 2014.  For more information and a nomination form, please visit the PBLS website.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Darin Chow will be sworn-in as Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench at the Queen's Bench Court House in Regina on December 6 at 3:30 pm. Members of the Law Society are invited to attend.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Lyle Zuk will be sworn-in as Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench at the Queen's Bench Court House in Prince Albert on December 20 at 3:30 pm. Members of the Law Society are invited to attend.

November 29, 2013

The Honourable Madam Justice Jacelyn Ryan-Froslie will swear her Oath of Office as a justice of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan today (Nov. 29th) at 3:30 p.m. in courtroom #1, 520 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon. Members of the Saskatoon Bar are invited to attend.

November 27, 2013

The Queen’s Bench Tariff Committee has been tasked with re-examining the Tariff and is seeking comments from the bar as outlined in the Request for Feedback: Tariff of Costs. Submissions are requested by December 31, 2013 and should be provided to Jennifer Fabian, Registar/Executive Legal Officer, Court of Queen’s Bench in Regina, or by email to jfabian@judicom.ca.

November 21, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Committee issued a notice of sentencing in the discipline matter of Joel Arvid Hesje, Q.C.

November 13, 2013

The Provincial Court in Saskatoon is introducing a Mental Health docket as part of a strategy aimed at improving support and supervision for adult offenders with mental disorders and cognitive impairments in the criminal justice system. The docket will be held every first and third Monday at 9:30 a.m., beginning November 18, 2013.

November 12, 2013

Saskatchewan Law Review will be available electronically for Law Society members through the Members' Section of the Law Society website beginning with issue 77(1).  Member who would like to continue to receive the Review in print please contact the Review on or before December 11, 2013 with your mailing address.

November 8, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Randy Kim Katzman.

November 4, 2013

Pre-orders for the Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated 4th Edition will be shipped this week to all orders outside Regina. For Regina pre-orders, pick-up will be available after Wednesday, November 6th at the Law Society Library, Court of Queen’s Bench.

The Queen's Bench Rules Annotated 4th Edition is $300 + GST ($315 total). All new and existing subscribers, please complete the Order Form and return to the Law Society Library via fax at 306-569-0155 or mail to:

Law Society of Saskatchewan Library
PO Box 5032
Regina, SK S4P 3M3

October 31, 2013

The Court of Queen's Bench has issued a new practice directive on expediting pre-trial conferences.

In 2014, the Saskatchewan Provincial Court will have three vacancies - Saskatoon, Estevan and Meadow Lake. The Saskatchewan Provincial Court Judicial Council invites applications from qualified lawyers to fill these vacancies. Application deadline is January 1, 2014. For more information on applying, and to see a copy of the Call for Applications, see the Saskatchewan Law Courts website

October 30, 2013

With the creation of the Office of Public Registry Administration in the Ministry of Justice on May 30, 2013, ISC will no longer be accepting service of a court documents or compensation claims on behalf of the Registrar of Titles, Director of Corporations, Registrar of Co-operatives, Registrar of Personal Property Security or the Controller of Surveys. All court documents and compensation claims required to be served on the Registrar of Titles, Director of Corporations, Registrar of Co-operatives, Registrar of Personal Property Security or the Controller of Surveys must be sent to:

1110 – 1874 Scarth Street
REGINA SK S4P 4B3
Fax: (306) 787-5830

October 29, 2013

A Conduct Investigation Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has rendered a decision in relation to the application of Michelle LeClair-Harding to resign instead of continued proceedings pursuant to Rule 400.1.

October 28, 2013

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has issued a news release to announce a new National Mobility Agreement that allows Canadian lawyers easier mobility across all provincial jurisdictions, regardless of whether they are trained in the Canadian common law or civil law tradition.  Please note that implementation of the new agreement could take up to a year, as each provincial Law Society formally adopts the terms and conditions in their by-laws or regulations.  

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee released a Hearing Report in the discipline matter of Bradley David Tilling.

October 21, 2013

Effective immediately, Information Services Corporation (ISC) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will expand the CRA Business Number registration service to include almost all entity types* included or registered in the Corporate Registry. New businesses will automatically be assigned a CRA Business Number as part of their registration with Business Registrations Saskatchewan or Corporate Registry. 
Since April 2012, ISC has provided automatic CRA Business Number registration service to incorporations. The October 21 change will align the Business Number registration process for most entity types, saving time and effort. The new business types added to the Business Number registration service registered before October 21 will still need to request their Business Number by contacting CRA directly at 1-800-959-5525 or by visiting the CRA website. If you have any questions about the Business Number please visit ISC website or contact phone 1-866-275-4721.

* With the following exceptions: Trusts, Names of Homes, Libel and Slander, Municipalities, Cemetery Corporations and Joint Ventures.

October 11, 2013

Law Society Members who need to use the College of Law Library during Saskatoon Library closure, please remember to bring your Law Society member card for identification purposes.

October 9, 2013

Beginning Tuesday, October 15, the Law Society is offering our members a two-week free trial of rangefindr. Rangefindr is a tool to help lawyers find criminal sentencing ranges. By clicking a few tags that describe the kinds of cases you’re looking for (like “Assault”, “First Offender”, and “Emphasizes rehabilitation”, rangefindr tells you what kind of sentences were imposed. One more click and you can review the judgments themselves. To access the free trial, please visit the Member’s Section and click on the rangefindr link. No further password is required. Once you have tried the product, please send feedback to Melanie Hodges Neufeld at melanie@lawsociety.sk.ca. If we receive positive feedback from the membership, this product may be added permanently to the Member’s Section.

October 8, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee release a Hearing Report in the discipline matter of Joel Arvid Hesje, Q.C.

October 7, 2013

Due to damage at the Moose Jaw Court of Queen’s Bench Court House, the Moose Jaw Law Society Library is temporarily closed. If you require materials or assistance, please contact the Regina Library at 306-569-8020, 1-877-989-4999 or by email at reference@lawsociety.sk.ca.

October 1, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Murray Thomas Trunks.

September 30, 2013

Legal Aid Saskatchewan increases its Legal Aid tariff of fees to $86.00 per hour. The increase will also be reflected proportionately to the fixed fees.

The rate will be effective on all appointments issued with an effective date on or after October 1, 2013. The new rate will not apply to appointments issued prior to October 1, 2013. The new tariff documents are posted on the Legal Aid Saskatchewan website.

Legal Aid Saskatchewan also reminds the private bar solicitors to use the Legal Aid Account forms found on their website. When submitting your account, Legal Aid only requires one copy of the completed forms.

September 26, 2013

Moose Jaw's Court of Queen's Bench will begin accepting filing on a limited basis on Friday afternoon (Sept. 27) in its temporary location on the lower level of the W.G. Davies building, 110 Ominica Street West. The office will officially re-open Monday morning (Sept. 30) and Chambers will take place that afternoon as scheduled. Chambers will take place in conference room #2 on the lower level at 1:30 p.m. Phone and fax numbers for the office remain the same.

September 23, 2013

Court services at the Court of Queen's Bench Moose Jaw Judicial Centre are temporarily suspended while staff members work to relocate the office, following damage to a ceiling in the court house over the weekend.

The Local Registrar and Sheriff's office is closed and will re-open later this week in a temporary office across the street at 110 Ominica Street West, in the basement of the Davies Building, which also houses the Provincial Court.

For more information please contact Dawn Blaus, Courts Communications Officer, Saskatchewan Law Courts, 306-787-9602.

September 19, 2013

This is a reminder that the Law Society Library in Saskatoon will be closed on September 23 (Monday) due to Court House renovation and is scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2014. Please return all library materials by Friday, September 20.

September 16, 2013

The Court of Queen's Bench has issued a new Administrative Notice concerning the Ministry of Justice's revision of the Judicial Districts for the purposes of The Jury Act.

September 10, 2013

We are now accepting orders for the Queen's Bench Rules Annotated 4th Edition.  The cost is $300 + GST ($315 total).  

All new and existing subscribers, please complete the Order Form and return to the Law Society Library via fax 306-569-0155 or mail to:

Law Society of Saskatchewan Library
PO Box 5032
Regina, SK   S4P 3M3
Canada

September 6, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Bradley David Tilling.

September 3, 2013

Saskatchewan’s courts have launched an electronic system to provide notification to the media in the event of an application for a discretionary publication ban. The system requires parties seeking a discretionary publication ban to complete an electronic application that can be found on the Saskatchewan Law Courts website. The form must be completed and submitted three clear days before the application or matter to which the ban or order is to apply.

August 30, 2013

As part of the Saskatoon Court House renovations, the Law Society Library in Saskatoon will be closed September 23 and is scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2014. Please return all library materials by September 20.  During the closure, Law Society members will have borrowing privileges at the University of Saskatchewan Law Library. Please see the Saskatoon Branch Temporary Closure Information Sheet for more information on borrowing privileges at the University of Saskatchewan Law Library.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melanie Hodges Neufeld, Director of Legal Resources, at 306-569-8020 or melanie@lawsociety.sk.ca.

August 29, 2013

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION ACT, 1990 - For Consultation with Members of the Law Society of Saskatchewan: The Law Society of Saskatchewan is seeking amendments to the Act to be introduced to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly as a Bill in the fall of 2013.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has disbarred Krishan Kumar (aka Paul White) as of August 27, 2013.

August 22, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Joel Arvid Hesje, Q.C.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Timothy Wayne Froese.

August 14, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Dwayne James Stonechild.

August 8, 2013

Resources developed by the Law Society of British Columbia respecting cloud computing are now available in the Practice Resources section under the “For Lawyers and Students” tab. The resources consist of a report setting out the issues to keep in mind when developing a cloud computing system, and a checklist to be used when developing such a system. Cloud computing is an Internet-based model of computing in which large groups of remote servers are networked so as to allow sharing of data-processing tasks, centralized data storage, and remote online access to computer services or resources.

The resources posted on this website are intended to be used as a guide to assist our members should they choose to use a cloud computing model, but do not represent an exhaustive authority on issues that could be associated with cloud computing.

August 6, 2013

The ninth annual Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards dinner, hosted by the University of Regina and the University of Regina Alumni Association, will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Conexus Arts Centre. Tickets are $75 per person, or $600 for a table of 8. For more information, contact Alumni Relations at 306-585-4503 or by email.

August 1, 2013

Saskatoon Library Closure Update - Due to construction delays at the Courthouse, the Saskatoon Law Society Library will not be closing August 6, 2013. The library will be open until at least September.

July 29, 2013

Please note that the Saskatoon Library will be temporarily closed as of August 6, 2013. Please ensure all checked out library materials are returned before this date. 

As part of the Saskatoon Court House renovations, the Law Society Library in Saskatoon will be closed August 6, 2013 and is scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2014. During the closure, Law Society members will have borrowing privileges at the University of Saskatchewan Law Library. Please see the Saskatoon Branch Temporary Closure Information Sheet for more information on borrowing privileges at the University of Saskatchewan Law Library.

July 18, 2013

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

July 17, 2013

The Hearing Committee of the Admissions and Education Committee for the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the matter re Brent Burns.

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

July 11, 2013

Effective immediately wireless internet is available for library users at the Law Society Library in Regina.  Please obtain password at the Reference Desk.

July 8, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Pauline Anne Duncan-Bonneau, Q.C.

July 5, 2013

The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard W. Elson will be sworn-in a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench at the Court House, in Saskatoon, Courtroom #1, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 3:30 p.m.  A reception will follow at The Saskatoon Club, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Justice Elson is filling a vacancy at the Regina Court of Queen's Bench. 

July 4, 2013

The new Queen’s Bench forms are now available on our website in both Word and PDF format.

July 3, 2013

On May 30, 2013, the Office of Public Registry Administration was established at the Ministry of Justice as a result of proclamation of The Operation of Public Registry Statutes Act, and The Information Services Corporation Act. The Office of Public Registry Administration (OPRA) has oversight and responsibility for the Land Registry, the Personal Property Registry, the Corporate Registry and the Land Surveys Directory. ISC, as a Saskatchewan business corporation, will act as the service provider for management and operation of the registries. For more information click on the above link or contact Catherine Benning at (306)787-8391 or catherine.benning@gov.sk.ca.

June 26, 2013

2013 Queen’s Bench Rules - The consolidated French and English versions of the 2013 Queen’s Bench Rules are now available. This version has been approved by the Court of Queen’s Bench to come into force on July 1, 2013. 

You can now print and download articles older than 18 months free of charge from the Law Society of Upper Canada’s CLE collection, which contains over 6,000 PDF articles going back to 2004.  The articles represent the individual presentations from CLE/CPD seminars put on by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

June 24, 2013

Effective July 1, 2013 the Chief Justice has cancelled all existing Practice Directives and issued eleven new and/or revised Practice Directives in their stead. The Practice Directives will be published on the Queen’s Printer website. A copy of the new Practice Directives is available here.

In addition, with the coming into force of the new rules, the Chief Justice has taken the opportunity to re-issue relevant Notices to the Profession as Administrative Notices. A list of these Notices and the Notices themselves will be published on the Court’s webpage by July 1, 2013. In the meantime a copy of these Administrative Notices is available here.

June 18, 2013

Volunteer for University of Saskatchewan Senate - The Law Society of Saskatchewan is one of several professional groups which is represented on the University of Saskatchewan Senate.  Some of the other professions on the University of Saskatchewan Senate include chartered accountants, architects, dentists, doctors, pharmacists, registered nurses and teachers.

The University of Saskatchewan Senate makes bylaws for disciplining students for other than academic dishonesty; provides for awarding honourary degrees; deals with proposals for establishing colleges, schools or departments; deals with proposals for affiliated educational institutions; and makes recommendations to the University Board of Governors on matters or things the Senate considers necessary to promote the interests of the University.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is seeking a volunteer to serve as its representative on the University of Saskatchewan Senate.  The term is for a period of 3 years commencing July 1st, 2013.  Members interested in serving as the Law Society representative on the University of Saskatchewan Senate should send notice to llynchuk@lawsociety.sk.ca, along with a resumé and reasons for applying by June 28, 2013.

June 14, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Monte James Sheppard.

June 11, 2013

The Revised Queen's Bench Rules will come into force on July 1, 2013. In response, the Law Society Library will be releasing a new edition of the Queen's Bench Rules Annotated this September. Pre-ordering will be available later this summer. A notice to the membership and all our current subscribers of the current edition will be issued when pre-ordering opens.

June 6, 2013

As a result of medical issues, David Hickie of Ignatiuk Law Offices has been appointed as a Trustee in relation to the legal practice of Dmytro Ignatiuk Estevan. Any matters pertaining to Mr. Ignatiuk's practice can be brought to the attention of Mr. Hickie.   

June 5, 2013

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony of Judge James Rybchuk, at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013, Courtroom #8 at the Regina Provincial Court House.

May 31, 2013

Law Society Members are invited to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony of Judge Shannon L. Metivier, at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House.

May 30, 2013

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

May 28, 2013

Vital Statistics will be moving to eHealth Saskatchewan from Information Services Corporation (ISC) on Sunday, June 16. It will be business as usual for Vital Statistics at ISC until noon on Friday June 14 with eHealth Saskatchewan picking up full customer support starting at 8:00am Monday, June 17. While ISC will continue to provide counter service for Vital Statistics customers in the afternoon of June 14, Vital Statistics web services will be suspended for this period to protect the integrity of customer orders and to ensure a seamless transfer of services from ISC to eHealth Saskatchewan. Vital Statistics web services will be fully restored by end of day June 16.

As a result of this transfer, there will be a few process changes ISC would like to ensure the legal community is aware of:

  • eHealth will not have access to the ISC payment account (CAMS) and will not be able to accept this form of payment after the transfer.
    • To assist with the transition, please discontinue the use of your ISC payment account (CAMS) for Vital Statistics transactions as early as possible.
       
  • There will be NO certificate counter service pickups from May 27th to June 14th.
    • You are still able to drop off applications during this timeframe, but you will not be able to pick up any certificates as they will all be mailed / couriered out.


Important items changing as a result of the transfer:

  • New customer service contact information
  • New office location
    • Vital Statistics operations will move to 1445 Park St., Regina.
    • In-person customer support will be available at this location starting June 17th. ISC Customer Service Centres will support Vital Statistics until Friday, June 14th.
    • Vital Statistics operations staff will move to the new location prior to June 17th. As a result, there will be minor changes for visitors to ISC's Regina Customer Service Centre until transfer.
       
  • Certificate Services
    • Online certificate ordering and order status checking services will transfer to eHealth and be available at eHealthsask.ca starting June 17.
    • All in-process certificate orders will be transferred to eHealth and completed by Vital Statistics staff upon transfer.
    • Depending on the order method, eHealth will accept VISA/MasterCard, debit card, cheque, money order, or cash. No account-based options are available.


To ensure a smooth transition of Vital Statistics from ISC to eHealth, Mike Beatty (Marketing Manager of Vital Statistics at ISC) has been seconded to eHealth and will be providing his expertise and knowledge of Vital Statistics at eHealth. Please feel free to contact Mike if you have any questions relating to this move to eHealth.

Mike Beatty
Customer Relations & Marketing Manager
eHealth Saskatchewan
Phone: 306-337-5025
Email: Mike.Beatty@eHealthSask.ca

For more information about this transfer, please visit the ISC.ca website.

May 22, 2013

Saskatoon Library Closure Date Revision: Please note that the Saskatoon Law Society Library will now be closing Tuesday, August 6, 2013 to May, 2014. Members will be able to access the library until this date and will not be able to access the College of Law Library as an external borrower until after this date.

May 13, 2013

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

Access to Justice - Needy Person Certificates and Waiver of Fees: Final Report - Under The Queen's Bench Rules, a potential litigant may, in some circumstances, obtain a waiver of court fees by obtaining a Needy Person Certificate. Needy Person Certificates are useful, but challenges exist respecting their scope and availability under the QB Rules.  A further challenge is that Certificates are only available to litigants in the Court of Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal. This Final Report sets out the Commission's proposals on improving access to justice for the less advantaged members of our community through fee waivers.

Civil Rights in Saskatchewan Long-term Care Facilities: Final Report - The focus of this paper is on violations of the rights of long-term care residents, particularly when they do not involve physical abuse, and particularly when they may not be effectively addressed by existing protocols designed to deal with more blatant forms of abuse. Many are unfamiliar with rights in long-term care, including how to assert these rights and seek remedy for their breach. This Final Report sets out the Commission's proposals to improve civil rights in long-term care facilities.

May 9, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Dale Norman Blenner-Hassett.

May 6, 2013

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Law Society of Saskatchewan occasionally requires a Court appointed Trustee to wind-down or manage a practice when a lawyer is suspended, dies, becomes incapacitated or abandons the practice.  The duty of the Trustee is to provide interim protection for the clients and to eventually distribute the files according to the client's instructions.  Further information on the duties of the Trustee are outlined in the Trusteeship Manual.

The Law Society is accepting applications from lawyers to serve as Trustee for an annual flat yearly fee of $40,000 for a two year period commencing July 1st, 2013 through June 30, 2015.  

The number of Trusteeship Orders varies each year.  Over the past eleven years it has been as follows:

2002 - 0
2003 - 2
2004 - 1
2005 - 1
2006 - 0
2007 - 2
2008 - 0
2009 - 2
2010 - 0
2011 - 3
2012 - 1

As such, there is an element of risk (or an opportunity) because the number of trusteeships in a year is unpredictable, as are the size and nature of the practices subject to trusteeship.

Interested lawyers/law firms are invited to submit a written proposal to the attention of Thomas J. Schonhoffer, Q.C., by May 27, 2013.

May 2, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is inviting applications for appointment to the Queen's Counsel Selection Committee.

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.

Applications to the Law Society are reviewed by the Queen's Counsel selection Committee which consists of the following:

  • Past President of the Law Society
  • A current Bencher of the Law Society
  • A public representative appointed to the Law Society
  • A member of the Law Society

Anyone interested in participating on this committee should forward an expression of interest to Thomas Schonhoffer, Q.C. by May 23, 2013.  Please submit your information to his assistant Liz at llynchuk@lawsociety.sk.ca.

April 18, 2013

The Hearing Committee of the Admissions and Education Committee for the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the matter re Darby Jane Bachynski.

The Hearing Committee of the Admissions and Education Committee for the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the matter re Joanie Stephanie Paquin.

April 16, 2013

A revised version of the Provincial Court Criminal Practice Directive V - Application for Court-Appointed Counsel is now available.  This supercedes the previous version posted on April 2, 2013.

April 10, 2013

Law Society Members are invited to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony of Judge Kevin Lang, at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Regina Provincial Court House.

April 5, 2013

Law Day is a national event celebrating the signing of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Law Day 2013 marks the 31st anniversary. The purpose of Law Day is to promote amongst Canadians an increased awareness of their legal rights and obligations. As part of its Law Day celebrations, CBA Saskatchewan is pleased to host Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder and Executive Director of War Child, as the key note speaker in Saskatoon and Regina on April 22 and 23. Her presentation at both luncheons is entitled "Why the World Needs More Lawyers".  Ticket order forms are available on CBA Saskatchewan website.

April 2, 2013

Provincial Court Criminal Practice Directive V - Application for Court-Appointed Counsel has been amended.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of David Wayne Clements.

March 27, 2013

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has released Reform of The Land Contracts (Actions) Act: Consultation Paper. This consultation paper considers The Land Contracts (Actions) Act in Saskatchewan, and mortgage remedies across Canada, and offers possible approaches to reform the Act. Consultation is open until October 31, 2013. You are encouraged to share this paper with anyone you think may be interested, and 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.

Find A Lawyer and Member Profile on the Law Society website will not be available this afternoon due to a system upgrade.

March 22, 2013

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

March 20, 2013

REMINDER! Consultations on the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan's Presumption of Crown Immunity: Consultation Paper close on March 31, 2013. Please review the paper and respond to the consultation questions before this date. Your input is important.

March 15, 2013

Effective immediately, the west entrance (McIntyre Street) of the Court of Appeal and Queen's Bench Court House in Regina will be closed due to construction.  There will be no access to the Law Society Library on weekends and after hours until further notice. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melanie Hodges Neufeld.

March 8, 2013

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

March 7, 2013

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

February 28, 2013

The Research Ethics Office at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a member of the Law Society to volunteer on the Biomedical Research Ethics Review Board.

February 27, 2013

Lynne Greenhorn has ceased practice and Jack Hillson at 955-9544 has assumed carriage of her files.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library is gathering information to determine what Library resources are being used and what further resources are required. Member participation in a short online survey is key in order for the Law Society Library to develop responsive services that enable you to work effectively. Estimated time to complete the survey is 5-7 minutes. The deadline for participating in the survey is March 12, 2013.

All members were emailed a link to the survey on Monday, February 25th. If you did not receive the link and would like to participate, please contact Melanie Hodges Neufeld at melanie@lawsociety.sk.ca.

February 19, 2013

The Government of Saskatchewan proclaimed The Commissioners for Oaths Act, 2012 and Regulations, which came into effect on February 15.  These changes modernize Saskatchewan's legislation for appointing Commissioners for Oaths, including removal of some provisions that are outdated or unnecessary and use of updated language.  The new legislation eliminates the distinction between "in and for" and "without" Saskatchewan.   Lawyers will now sign the jurat using the following indication of their status:  "A Commissioner for Oaths for Saskatchewan, being a lawyer" or "A Commissioner for Oaths for Saskatchewan, being a solicitor." Other changes include an increase in the number of persons who are automatically Commissioner for Oaths by virtue of their status or office and cease to be commissioners when they no longer hold office or have that status.    In addition, there is an expectation that all Commissioners for Oaths know and understand their roles and responsibilities associated with the legislation.   The Ministry of Justice will post updated Guidelines for the Use of Commissioners for Oaths on their website.  For more information, The Commissioners for Oaths Act, 2012 and The Commissioners for Oaths Regulations, 2013 will be available on the Queen's Printer website.

February 11, 2013

Accounting for the Elimination of the Penny

As of February 4th, 2013, the Canadian penny is no longer being distributed to financial institutions in Canada.  Electronic money will still be in one cent increments, however cash will be rounded to the closest 5 cent increment.  This will impact the trust accounts and general accounts when cash is received.  We suggest that:

  • For the general account(s) - a "Rounding Difference" account be set up in the general ledger.  Only rounding differences (both up and down) should be posted to this account and written off at the end of the year.
  • For the trust account(s) - A new "Rounding Difference" client trust account be set up with the firm depositing no more than $50.00 into the account.  Any rounding differences should be posted to this account.  The firm should replenish the $50.00 at the end of the year, or as required.
  • Firms should consider changing their accounting system to round invoices to the nearest five cent increment as shown below:
Round Down Round Up
$1.01 or $1.02 >> $1.00 $1.03 or $1.04  >> $1.05
$1.06 or $1.07 >> $1.05 $1.08 or $1.09 >> $1.10

February 7, 2013

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Admissions and Education Committee issued a notice of hearing regarding the CPLED Appeal Hearing of Joanie Stephanie Paquin.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Admissions and Education Committee issued a notice of hearing regarding the CPLED Appeal Hearing of Darby Jane Bachynski.

January 30, 2013

Law Society members are invited to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony of Judge Paul Demong at 3 p.m., on Friday, February 15, 2013, at the Regina Provincial Court House.

January 21, 2013

Mr. Dean Mattison is no longer in compliance with the conditions of his reinstatement order dated December 1, 2009 as his practice advisor supervisor has withdrawn.  Mr. Mattison is, therefore, not entitled to practice law at this time.

January 8, 2013

The deadline for nominations for the Pro Bono Service Award has been extended to January 16th, 2013.  Please complete the nomination form and send to Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan before the deadline.

The 4th Annual Gown to Gown Charity Gala will be held on January 25th, 2013 at the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina.  This year's event features Justice Richards as MC, a silent auction, and entertainment by the Jack Semple Band.  Two sets of two tickets to the Juno awards dress rehearsal, being held in Regina in 2013, will be awarded to one out of town guest and one guest from Regina.  All proceeds will benefit Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan.  Tickets can be ordered online or by emailing Jeffrey Grubb, Q.C..

January 3, 2013

The Swearing-in Ceremony of Judge William Campbell will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2013, at the Regina Provincial Court House.  All members are invited to attend.

January 2, 2013

The Rules of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan will be amended effective January 4, 2012. Rules 353, 357 to 361, 368, 369, 374, 379 to 382, Part 33, and Forms 37 and 38 will be repealed and Rules 352 and 373 will be repealed and replaced and Subrule 383(1) will be amended.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan, at its December Convocation, elected Heather Laing, Q.C. as President and Miguel Martinez as Vice-President for 2013.

Heather Laing is a partner with the law firm McDougall Gauley LLP, in its Saskatoon office.  Ms. Laing practices exclusively in the areas of insurance law and civil litigation.  She was first elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2010 and has served on the Ethics, Library, and Standing Investigation committees and as Chair of the Professional Standards Committee in 2011.  Ms. Laing was elected as Vice-President of the Law Society for 2012.

Miguel Martinez is a partner with the Martinez Meunier Sholter law firm in Lloydminster.  He has a general practice with a focus on civil litigation, personal injury, and family law.  Mr. Martinez became a Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2010 and has served on several committees of the Law Society over the past 3 years.