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December 22, 2014

Fourteen Saskatchewan lawyers will receive the honour of Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) appointments this year.

December 19, 2014

A Notice of Suspension has been issued by the Law Society of Saskatchewan in relation to Russell Milton Peet.

December 18, 2014

The Court of Queen's Bench has recently approved in principle amending the Tariff of Costs Schedule 1 B in accordance with the recommendation of the Queen's BenchTariff Committee. Before giving the draft final approval,  the Court  would be pleased to receive and consider any comments from members of the Bar on the draft Tariff.   Members are asked to provide their comments to Jennifer Fabian, the Registrar of the Court by January 31, 2014.  Ms Fabian may be contacted by email at jfabian@judicom.ca or by phone at (306) 787-0472. Information on the development of the draft and a copy of the draft Tariff may be found on the Courts of Saskatchewan website.

December 5, 2014

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Sanjeev Anand, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House. 

December 4, 2014

At November Convocation, the Benchers elected Brenda Hildebrandt, Q.C. as President and Perry Erhardt, Q.C. as Vice-President, commencing January 1, 2015.

December 2, 2014

Nominations are open for the 2014 Pro Bono Service Award to be presented at the 2015 Canadian Bar Association Saskatchewan Branch Mid-Winter Meeting on February 5-6, 2015.  Deadline for nominations is January 16, 2015.  

November 26, 2014

On December 6, 2014, Information Services Corporation (ISC) will introduce updated browser compatibility standards on its website. Internet Explorer version 8 or lower will no longer be supported. ISC is recommending Internet Explorer version 10, version 11 or Google Chrome as the browsers of choice for its online services. Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari have also been tested as compatible.

November 25, 2014

In February 2014, the Library brought you the updated and revised Saskatchewan Limitations Manual Online, a public resource that contains an alphabetical list of all Saskatchewan statutes with limitation periods, complete with relevant case law annotations. This fall, we’ve had our best annotators working to update that information to help our members stay current. The Law Society Library is happy to announce that those changes are now complete and the manual is ready for use!

Highlights of the November 2014 Release (current to September 30, 2014):

  • New acts added, such as:
    • The Consumer Protection and Business Practices Act, SS 2013, c C-30.2
    • The Saskatchewan Employment Act, SS 2013, c S-15.1
    • The Workers’ Compensation Act, 2013, SS 2013, c W-17.11
  • New case law for other popular acts, such as:
    • The Arbitration Act, 1992, SS 1992, c A-24.1
    • The Automobile Accident Insurance Act,SS 1978, c A-35
    • The Limitations Act, SS 2004, c L-16.1
  • Upcoming acts not yet proclaimed, such as:
    • The Accounting Profession Act, SS 2014, c A-3.1
    • The Lobbyists Act, SS 2014, c L-27.01
    • The Wildfire Act, SS 2014, c W-13.01

…and more! Check it out!

November 21, 2014

The Provincial Court of Saskatchewan has released its first-ever Biennial Report, covering the calendar years of 2012 and 2013. 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.

November 18, 2014

The brand-new Second Edition of the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual is heading off to the printers in time for its January 2015 launch! We wanted to give you a sneak peak of this exciting new publication, which we hope will be the first of many in our new Annotated Saskatchewan Statute series (call for submissions is now open!). 

Maintaining the high standards of the first edition, this ever-popular manual is an essential tool for any practitioner dealing with the legal ramifications of The Builders’ Lien ActTake a look at an excerpt to get a feel for this sleek new edition!

Order your copy today!

Coming Soon! We hear you like ebooks just as much as we do, so we are using this title for our Ebook Pilot Project with Emond Montgomery Publications (more information to come). If you show us how much you like the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual ebook, we’ll make more!

October 31, 2014

The Court of Queen`s Bench has issued a new Administrative Notice respecting the process for scheduling civil pre-trials at the Judicial Centres of Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina. Commencing November 1, 2014, the Judicial Centres of Saskatoon and Prince Albert will commence using the same scheduling process currently in use at the Judicial Centre of Regina.  

October 28, 2014

The Court of Appeal has released its decision in Russell Peet v. Law Society of Saskatchewan.  The Court of Appeal dismissed Mr. Peet’s appeal and upheld 3 findings of conduct unbecoming as well as a 30 day suspension and costs order previously imposed.  Mr. Peet will begin serving his suspension on a date to be determined by the Chair of Discipline.  Advance notice will be provided to the public and the membership prior to the commencement of the suspension.

October 24, 2014

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Ben Christiaan Valkenburg.

October 21, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Mervin Clayton Phillips.

October 15, 2014

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

October 8, 2014

The Law Society has recently received inquiries about practicing law in the ‘cloud’. More information in this topic can be found on Legal Sourcery, the Law Society Library’s blog.

October 6, 2014

Legal Aid Saskatchewan (LAS) increases its Legal Aid tariff of fees to $88.00 per hour for new assignments. The increase will also be added proportionately to the fixed fees. The new tariff documents are posted on the Legal Aid Saskatchewan website.

The rate will be effective on all appointments issued with an effective date on or after October 1, 2014. The new rate will not apply to appointments issued prior to October 1, 2014.

LAS will shortly be introducing Electronic Fund Transfer for payments of accounts.  Consequently, schedule E of the tariff will be updated. A request will be made for current members of the panel to update their panel listing.  

LAS also reminds the private bar to use the Legal Aid Account forms found on its website. 

October 2, 2014

The Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated, Fourth Edition 2014 Release 2 – Available October 20!

The Law Society Library staff is putting the finishing touches on the second update to the fourth edition of the Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated. We will be shipping the new release to all our subscribers beginning on October 20, 2014. For our Regina subscribers, copies will be available for pick-up at the library.

Highlights of the October 2014 Release

  • 350 pages of new and updated content
  • New Saskatchewan case law and legislation current to August 2014
  • Includes all changes to the rules and tariffs to The Saskatchewan Gazette, Vol. 110, No. 31, dated August 1, 2014
  • Price: $120.00 + tax


By now most of our members have the brand-new fourth edition of the big red binder, but in case you missed out, copies are still available! Order the “big red binder” for $300 + tax. The 2014 Releases 1 and 2 are sold separately.

Give us a call at (306) 569-8020 to order!

September 30, 2014

The Saskatchewan Provincial Court has issued two new Practice Directives which take effect on October 1, 2014:

Practice Directive 11 - Citation of Authorities
Practice Directive 12 - Discretionary Orders Restricting Media Reporting or Public Access

In addition, Practice Directive 5 - Application for Court-Appointed Counsel has been amended. All Practice Directives can be found on the Court's website.

September 26, 2014

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Bruce Bauer, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 10, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House. 

September 25, 2014

Effective October 1st, all submissions to the Saskatchewan courts will have to conform to the new Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan.  To help members use the Guide, the authors of the Guide, Ann Marie Melvie, Librarian of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan and Joanne V. Colledge-Miller, MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP, will be writing a series of blog posts for the Law Society Library's blog. The first installment is now available on Legal Sourcery.

September 23, 2014

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision on penalty in the discipline matter of Pauline Duncan-Bonneau, Q.C. (Can).

September 15, 2014

Land Survey Regulations amendments mandatory as of Oct. 4, 2014 - This is a reminder from Information Services Corporation (ISC) that the voluntary compliance period for submitting plans online will end on October 4, 2014. At that time, ISC will introduce changes to its Plan Submissions Online tool to help ensure client submissions are compliant with the new regulatory requirements

September 11, 2014

First Ever Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan - As of October 1, 2014, all three Saskatchewan Courts will have a practice directive in place, introducing and prescribing the use of the new Citation Guide for the Courts of Saskatchewan. The Guide provides a clear, authoritative and standard set of citation rules for use in and by the courts of Saskatchewan. All citations in Saskatchewan decisions and all submissions to Saskatchewan courts will have to conform to the Guide. For more information, see the “Notice to the Profession”, which contains a link to the Guide. 

September 8, 2014

Mr. Douglas Ottenbreit is no longer in compliance with the conditions of his Discipline Penalty Decision dated September 20, 2012 (written Decision November 5, 2012), as his practice supervisor has withdrawn.  Mr. Ottenbreit is, therefore, not entitled to practice law at this time.

The Law Society members and the Private Bar are invited to a dinner in recognition of The Honourable Chief Judge Carol A. Snell for her term as Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan from 2008 to 2014.  The dinner will be held on October 24, 2014 at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Regina. Please mail ticket order forms to Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, Judges Chambers before September 30, 2014.

September 5, 2014

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Darryl Douglas Lucke.

September 4, 2014

The Canadian Bankers Association has provided an updated list of bank officials for our members to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortgages - English | French (Member's password required).

September 2, 2014

Expanded CanLII Coverage - As reported in the January issue of the Benchers’ Digest, our goal for 2014 is to provide as nearly a complete record as possible of Saskatchewan decisions back to 1907 on CanLII. With the support of the Law Foundation, CanLII has added 13,570 reported Saskatchewan decisions from 1907 – 1990. This provides a complete record of reported decisions from 1907 to 1990. Over the next few months, we will be working on identifying and filling in the remaining gaps in coverage. For example, we have identified a gap in The Saskatchewan Reports decisions from 1991 – 1993. We believe this will add at least 2,500 cases to CanLII. Please visit CanLII for further information on the scope of Saskatchewan coverage. Please also visit the new CanLII Connects site for case commentaries, including a full collection of Saskatchewan case digests produced by the Law Society Library.

August 28, 2014

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 5th National Pro Bono Conference, September 24-26, 2015 at the Hotel Saskatchewan, Radisson Plaza, Regina, SK. REGISTER NOW at the Pro Bono Conference website.

Notable events include:
Welcome Reception Sponsored by the CBA, Saskatchewan Branch September 24, 2014
Lunch Presentation featuring the Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Albert Cromwell, September 25, 2014
Lunch Presentation featuring Richard Zorza, September 25, 2014
Awards Banquet featuring a keynote Address by James Lockyer and special presentation by Belle Plain September 25, 2014

August 25, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Peter Michael Mahon.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Ben Christiaan Valkenburg.

August 22, 2014

New Vice-President at the Law Society - Benchers of the Law Society of Saskatchewan elected Brenda Hildebrandt, Q.C. as Vice-President for the remainder of the year. The appointment of Judge Bruce Bauer to the Provincial Court created a Vice-President vacancy, as well as a Saskatoon Bencher vacancy. The Benchers will elect a new Saskatoon Bencher at September Convocation.

August 21, 2014

Many organizations are using online communication to provide more timely communication, to control membership costs and be more environmentally friendly. Based on an online survey in June 2014, the Benchers decided that the Law Society will no longer mail printed copies of the Benchers' Digest to the membership.  Instead, all issues will be posted on our website. Each time an issue is ready, we will alert the members via email, along with a link to the Digest.  Members who enjoy reading a printed copy can still do so by printing the version on the website.

August 14, 2014

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

Saskatchewan Law Review 2014 volume 77(2) is now available in fulltext (member's password required).

The Honourable James A. Plemel was appointed Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan. Judge Plemel will replace current Chief Judge Carol Snell, whose seven-year term as Chief ends December 31, 2014.

August 7, 2014

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

July 25, 2014

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has released Reform of The Land Contracts (Actions) Act: Final Report, and has recommended it to the Minister of Justice. The LCAA is consumer protection legislation intended to protect borrowers by requiring lenders to obtain leave of the court before starting foreclosure. The protection is provided as time: time to bring the mortgage up to date, refinance, or sell the property before foreclosure or judicial sale or, if that is not possible, time to find alternative accommodation. The Final Report considers the steps required by the LCAA for non-farm land mortgages and recommends reforms to better protect borrowers in current conditions. 

July 24, 2014

BENCHER VACANCY – SASKATOON ELECTORAL DISTRICT

The Law Society is now accepting applications for the position of Bencher in the Saskatoon Electoral District.

The appointment of Bruce Bauer, Q.C. to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan has created a Bencher vacancy in the Saskatoon Electoral District. Pursuant to Section 20 of The Legal Profession Act, 1990, the Benchers are entitled to appoint a replacement.

All applicants must be, at minimum, members of the Law Society in good standing and have a principle place of practice or employment in the Saskatoon Electoral District. If non-practicing, the principle residence must be in the electoral district.

The Law Society regulates the legal profession in the public interest and is involved in a broad range of activities. Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge and experience that make a positive contribution to one or more of the following:

  • Professional regulation
  • Administrative law
  • Professional education
  • Libraries and information management
  • Professional liability Insurance
  • Law office management
  • Board governance
  • Access to legal services


Please submit your resume and covering letter to Thomas Schonhoffer, Q.C. by August, 18, 2014 via his assistant’s address: Liz at llynchuk@lawsociety.sk.ca.

July 21, 2014

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice is currently in the process of preparing new legislation to implement a uniform fee waiver program for Saskatchewan courts and administrative tribunals that regularly adjudicate matters for the public. The consultation paper "Proposed Fee Waiver Legislation" provides further background information and consultation questions.  The Ministry of Justice invites feedback from the Saskatchewan legal community on the proposed changes. Responses can be submitted to Neil Karkut via email or fax to 306-787-9111 no later than Friday, August 15, 2014.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 5th National Pro Bono Conference, September 24-26, 2015 at the Hotel Saskatchewan, Radisson Plaza, Regina, SK. 

Notable events include:

Welcome Reception Sponsored by the CBA, Saskatchewan Branch September 24, 2014
Lunch Presentation featuring the Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Albert Cromwell, September 25, 2014
Lunch Presentation featuring Richard Zorza, September 25, 2014
Awards Banquet featuring a keynote Address by James Lockyer, September 25, 2014

REMINDER: The deadline for nominations for the 5th National Pro Bono Awards is August 15, 2014. NOMINATE AN INDIVIDUAL, FIRM, OR PROGRAM NOW. 

July 8, 2014

The Law Society Library is ready to launch the 2014 Update to the popular Saskatchewan Practice Checklists on July 17, 2014!

Since their creation in 1997, the Practice Checklists have been a valuable resource for Saskatchewan lawyers. Providing a step-by-step list of the general procedure to follow, the checklists help new and experienced lawyers alike keep track of the important considerations in each of their files, from the initial interviews to the closing of the file. Topics include Client Identification, Corporate & Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Litigation, Real Estate, and Wills & Estates.

Highlights of the new Practice Checklists:

  • the website is more user-friendly and easier to navigate
  • the legislation and case law are all linked directly to CanLII for quick reference onscreen
  • the checklists come in PDF format for ease of printing
  • a handy new column leaves room for note-taking right on the page


With the sheer amount of content to be reviewed by our volunteer contributors, the updating process has been a work in progress for the last several months. A big thank-you to all of our generous contributors! A few topics are still under review and will be posted shortly. Look for the “Current to” date at the top of each page.

The link to our new site will be sent to our members on July 17, and will also be accessible through the Members’ Section on the Law Society of Saskatchewan website. We welcome your comments or suggestions when you have had a chance to explore the new site!

July 4, 2014

The first update to the fourth edition of the Queen’s Bench Rules of Saskatchewan: Annotated is out! Shipping to all subscribers outside Regina began June 16. We ask Regina subscribers to arrange pick at the Regina Law Society Library by July 31 or the update will be mailed to you C.O.D.

Here are the highlights of the June 2014 release:

  • More than 350 pages of new and updated content
  • New Saskatchewan case law and legislation current to February 2014
  • Includes all changes to the rules and tariffs to The Saskatchewan Gazette, Vol. 110 dated April 17, 2014
  • Price: $130.00 + tax


We are currently planning the 2014 Release 2 for October. Stay tuned for more info!

Did you miss out on the 2013 release of the brand-new fourth edition in the big red binder? Maybe you thought there wouldn’t be enough new content to warrant it so close to the new rules coming into force. Well, now is the time to right that wrong! Order the big red binder for $300 + tax. New release sold separately.

Call 306-569-8020 to order!

July 2, 2014

ISC's fee changes are now in effect. The fee increase applies to all core registry flat fees and ancillary service fees within the Land Registry (Land Titles), Personal Property Registry, Land Surveys Directory (Survey Plans) and Geomatics (Map, Photo and GIS) product offerings.

June 26, 2014

Amendments to The Legal Profession Act, 1990 will come into force on July 1, 2014. There are three primary categories of amendments: 1) the hearing and investigation process; 2) Bencher elections; and 3) the mandate of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Those concepts are discussed further in the summary paper previously posted on this website on August 29, 2013. The Legal Profession Amendment Act, 2014, which contains the amendments, can be viewed at the Queen's Printer's website. 

Complementary Rule amendments will also come into force July 1, 2014. Amended rules, as well as a “certified true copy of amendments” which summarizes the Rule amendments are available on the Law Society website.

June 23, 2014

The Honourable Donald H. Layh of Langenburg is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench (Yorkton).

June 18, 2014

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Lane Wiegers, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 27, at the Regina Provincial Court House. 

June 17, 2014

A Notice of Suspension has been issued by the Law Society of Saskatchewan in relation to Evatt Francis Anthony (Tony) Merchant, Q.C.

The Law Society members are invited to a dinner in recognition of The Honourable Chief Judge Carol A. Snell for her term as Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan from 2008 to 2014.  The dinner will be held on October 24, 2014 at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Regina. Please mail ticket order forms to Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, Judges Chambers before September 30, 2014.

June 16, 2014

The Condominium Property Amendment Act, 2013 amends The Condominium Property Act, 1993 and The Condominium Property Amendment Regulations, 2014 amends The Condominium Property Regulations, 2001. The Bill and Regulations are the result of an extensive consultation process with the condominium community and the professionals that advise them.

The Act and Regulations will come into force on June 16, 2014.

These amendments can be categorized into four main themes: insurance, condominium conversions, dispute resolution and consumer protection.

  • The amendments require condominium corporations to carry directors’ and officers’ liability insurance and insurance on bare land units developed as townhouses or other multi-family dwellings. Condominium developers will be required to prepare “standard unit descriptions” and corporations may pass bylaws to define a “standard unit description” in their development for insurance purposes.
  • The amendments require a bond or letter of credit to be provided for every condominium development with units used for residential purposes and the Regulations will increase the amount of security required by the bond or letter of credit. Developers will be required to prepare reserve fund studies for all developments created by the conversion of apartments and buildings into residential units, turn over additional information to the corporation and disclose additional information to purchasers of new condominium units.
  • The amendments allow the condominium corporation to seek compensation from a unit owner or tenant for damages caused by a contravention of the bylaws. A unit owner, tenant, mortgagee or other interested person may seek a court order requiring a condominium corporation or board to fulfill its duties under the Act and to recover damages if appropriate. The Act includes an oppression remedy for owners who believe they are being treated unfairly or oppressively by their condominium corporation.
  • Condominium corporations will be required to file an annual return with the Corporate Registry starting April 1, 2015, have their financial statements audited annually with the ability to opt out in certain circumstances and have a reserve fund study completed every five years. The amendments will establish limitations on fees charged by the condominium corporation for interest rates, administration, service fees and the estoppel certificate, and establish some requirements around the renting of units for periods of less than one month.


Any policy questions should be directed to the Office of Public Registry Administration at 306-798-1079.

More information regarding changes to procedures in the Land Registry, Survey Directory or Corporate Registry may be found at www.isc.ca or by calling Information Services Corporation at 1-866-275-4721.

 

June 5, 2014

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

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

June 4, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan recently asked its members to complete a survey regarding their use (or lack thereof) of paperless office practices and/or cloud computing. While the results were widely varied, one recurring result was that members wished the Law Society to provide some guidance as to what they must keep in mind when considering the implementation of paperless office practices and/or cloud computing. The concern being that they remain in compliance with the requirements of The Rules of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and The Code of Professional Conduct.

Rule and Code-based issues of concern which would relate to both paperless office practices and cloud computing were addressed in detail within “Practice Advisors Webinar Series Part 2: Communication and Cloud Computing”, which was presented by Law Society Practice Advisors W. Brent Gough, Q.C., (Hnatyshyn Gough), Victor Dietz, Q.C., (Olive Waller Zinkhan & Waller LLP), and Jeff Scott, (Jeffrey D. Scott Legal Prof. Corp.), held on November 6, 2013. A recorded version of this webinar is available for purchase from the Law Society for $70 (+5% GST) = $73.50, and qualifies for (1) CPD hour, which also qualifies for (1) Ethics hour.

The Law Society had also previously provided a copy of the Law Society of British Columbia’s Report of the Cloud Computing Working Group and Cloud Computing Checklist, as further resources. These can still be found on our Practice Resources page.

June 3, 2014

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Byron Wright, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 13, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House. 

May 23, 2014

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

May 20, 2014

The swearing-in ceremony of Justice Darryl J. Brown is scheduled for Thursday, May 29th at 3:30 p.m. It will be held in courtroom # 6 - 2nd floor, Court House, 2425 Victoria Avenue, Court of Queen's Bench.

ISC fee change coming July 1, 2014 - Information Services Corporation (ISC) will implement a 1.45% fee increase on July 1, 2014. This 1.45% fee increase will be applied to all core registry flat fees and ancillary service fees within the Land Registry (Land Titles), Personal Property Registry, Land Surveys Directory (Survey Plans) and Geomatics (Map, Photo and GIS) product offerings. Ad Valorem (value-based) fees within the Land Registry, free services and Corporate Registry fees are not within the scope of this fee change.

May 15, 2014

Are you looking to build a name for yourself in the Saskatchewan legal community?  Do you need more CPD credits?  The Law Society of Saskatchewan library is searching for lawyers, law students, and articling students to contribute to Legal Sourcery.  Please see our Submissions Guidelines for more information and contact Melanie Hodges Neufeld if you have any questions.

May 14, 2014

Scott Spencer of Robertson Stromberg LLP has been appointed as Trustee in relation to the law practice of Karolee Zawislak.  Inquiries may be directed to Scott Spencer at 306-652-7575.

In 2014, the Saskatchewan Provincial Court will have a vacancy in Saskatoon. The Saskatchewan Provincial Court Judicial Council invites applications from qualified lawyers to fill this vacancy. For more information on applying, and to see a copy of the Call for Applications, see the Saskatchewan Law Courts website.  

May 13, 2014

The Admissions & Education Committee has released a decision in relation to its review of the practice conditions of Michael Nolin.  Mr. Nolin’s amended conditions may be reviewed here.  

Free CPD!

The Law Society Library is presenting a free one hour webinar on Tuesday, June 10 at noon:

Navigating the Members’ Section: The Resources Available to Law Society of Saskatchewan Members

Presenter: Melanie Hodges Neufeld, Director of Legal Resources, Law Society of Saskatchewan

This is a one (1.0) hour webinar being held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. (Saskatchewan time).

This webinar will highlight online resources that are available to Law Society of Saskatchewan members in the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. Resources include in-house publications such as the Queen’s Bench Practice Manual, the Saskatchewan Practice Checklists, and subscriptions such as O’Brien’s Online Forms and Criminal Spectrum. Through the use of legal research scenarios, participants will learn which resources are most useful in a given situation and/or area of law, and how to most effectively use each resource.

This webinar will be presented by Melanie Hodges Neufeld, Director of Legal Resources at the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Melanie is responsible for administration of the traditional library, as well as developing and recommending a strategic plan for the management of legal information within the Law Society and the province. Melanie is a lawyer with a background in administrative law and policy development. She also recently completed her Master of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in the area of restorative Justice.

This webinar qualifies for one (1.0) CPD hour under the Law Society’s CPD Policy.

We are pleased to offer this webinar free of charge for all Law Society of Saskatchewan members. Online registration and more details are available here. Once you have completed the online registration form your registration will be complete.

May 8, 2014

The Court of Appeal has released its decision in Tony Merchant v. Law Society of Saskatchewan.  The Court of Appeal dismissed Mr. Merchant’s appeal and upheld a 3 month suspension and costs order imposed in a June 2012 decision of the Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Committee.

May 7, 2014

In 2014, the Saskatchewan Provincial Court will have a vacancy in North Battleford. The Saskatchewan Provincial Court Judicial Council invites applications from qualified lawyers to fill this vacancy. For more information on applying, and to see a copy of the Call for Applications, see the Saskatchewan Law Courts website

May 1, 2014

The Law Society in conjunction with the CBA Saskatchewan Branch and the College of Law have collaborated to provide law firms with a list of law school graduates seeking articles in Saskatchewan. Please note that this list will be updated as students obtain positions. If you are interested, please contact the students directly for an interview. If you have any questions or comments regarding this project, please contact Terri Karpish, Student Services Officer at the College of Law at 306-966-1924.

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Barbara Lynn Galey

The Honourable Madam Justice Gwen V. Goebel will be sworn in as a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench at the Court House, in Saskatoon, on Friday, May 2, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.  A reception will follow at The Saskatoon Club, from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Justice Goebel is filling a vacancy at the Court of Queen's Bench, Family Law Division, Saskatoon, replacing Madam Justice J.A. Ryan-Froslie.  

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Miguel Martinez, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 23, at the Regina Provincial Court House. 

April 30, 2014

Mental Health Week is May 5th to May 11th. As part of the Lawyer Assistance Program, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc. is providing Law Society members with some information on mental health – compliments of Homewood Human Solutions. The information package contains articles that: dispel some common myths surrounding mental illness; provide information on recognizing some signs and symptoms of mental illness; and convey the importance of seeking appropriate treatment. Please review the information and learn more about maintaining mental health! Should you require assistance, please call Homewood Human Solutions at 1.800.663.1142 and advise them that your benefits are through Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.

April 28, 2014

Earlier this year, we offered our members a one-month free trial of several ebook publications from the Working With the Law series by Emond Montgomery. Due to positive feedback, we have acquired the complete series of over 30 titles and it is now available in the Members’ Section. There are titles from several areas of the law including:

  • Criminal Law for Legal Professionals
  • Family Law: Practice and Procedure
  • Wills and Estates
  • Civil Litigation
  • Fundamentals of Contract Law

 
If you have any suggestions for other resources the library should acquire, please contact Melanie Hodges Neufeld at melanie@lawsociety.sk.ca.

April 24, 2014

Mr. Larry Zawislak is no longer in compliance with his practice conditions and undertaking as his practice supervisor has withdrawn.  Mr. Zawislak is, therefore, not entitled to practice law at this time.

A Notice of Interim Suspension has been issued by the Law Society of Saskatchewan in relation to Karolee Ann Zawislak. Tim Hawryluk of Robertson Stromberg LLP has been appointed as Trustee and now has carriage of Karolee Ann Zawislak’s practice. Inquiries may be directed to Tim Hawryluk at 306-652-7575.

April 17, 2014

A Notice of Suspension has been issued by the Law Society of Saskatchewan in relation to Jaqueline Ferraton.

April 16, 2014

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of James Niel Halford.

April 4, 2014

This is “Day 1” of a new way of publishing and exploring discussions about Canadian case law. CanLII Connects is launching today with nearly 27,000 documents covering cases from 11 of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. It was created to make it faster and easier for legal professionals and the public to access high-quality legal commentary on Canadian court decisions. Included is the entire Law Society of Saskatchewan case digest collection and we plan on contributing more documents in the future. We are proud to be part of this project and excited for the possibilities it holds. Check it out!

The latest edition of the Saskatchewan Law Review [v.77 (2014)] is now available to our members in the Publications Section of the Law Society website. Older editions are available on HeinOnline, also available in the Members’ Section. Articles in the latest edition include:

  • “An Analysis of Canada’s Most Famous Holograph Will: How a Saskatchewan Farmer Scratched His Way Into Legal History” (Geoff Ellwand)
  • “One Click Away: The Prospect of Electronic Wills in Saskatchewan” (Katherine Melnychuk)
  • “Shifting the Tide of Canadian Federalism: The Operation of Provincial Interjurisidctional Immunity in the Post-Canadian Western Bank Era (Michelle Biddulph)

April 2, 2014

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

March 27, 2014

The Court of Queen's Bench has issued a new family practice directive concerning family service hearings.

March 25, 2014

After seven years of exceptional service, the term of the current Chief Judge of the Provincial Court, Carol Snell, concludes on December 31, 2014. A process is underway to identify candidates for a new Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan for the seven year term commencing January I, 2015. This process includes consultation with Provincial Court Judges. The Honourable Gordon S. Wyant, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General would also like to hear from members of the Bar and invites comments as well as expressions of interest in the Chief Judge position.

Lawyers who have been members in good standing of a Canadian Bar for at least 10 years, or who have other legal or judicial experience that is satisfactory to the Provincial Court Judicial Council, are invited to apply.

Members of the Bar are asked to submit comments and/or express their interest in the position to the Minister by April 11, 2014 at the following address:

Room 335 Legislative Building
2405 Legislative Drive
REGINA SK S4S OB3

March 21, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library is now offering a 30-day trial subscription to two new CCH Online research products: The Canadian Labour Law Rerporter and the Canadian Employment Safety & Health Guide. To access, please visit the Members Section, scroll down to CCH Online, and select any of our current CCH Online services. Once you are in the CCH platform, access the new materials with the drop-box under "Search Your Subscriptions," select a service, and click GO; or, browse the Table of Contents, and select the desired service. Use the plus-signs to expand the contents and select documents. The new employment law products can be found in CCH Business. For user guides and information, please use the links under CCH Online in the Members Section. If you like these online services, please contact the library to provide feedback on whether we should subscribe permanently.

 

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 Manager 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 April 25, 2014.  Please submit a letter of interest and resume to the attention of Lana Vindevoghel, CPD Program Manager via email to lana@lawsociety.sk.ca.

March 13, 2014

The Builders' Lien Amendment Act, 2013 (Bill 102) was given Royal Assent and came into force on March 12, 2014.

The Law Society Library has a new blog.  "Legal Sourcery" helps you navigate through the jumble of legal resources.  Follow us for useful legal research tricks, interesting legal research news and what's happening at the Library.

March 12, 2014

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony for Justice M.T. Megaw, which will be held at 3:30 pm on Friday, March 21, 2014 in Court Room 6 at the Queen’s Bench Court House in Regina. 

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Janet E. McIvor, which will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House. 

March 10, 2014

Mr. Albert Angus is no longer in compliance with the conditions of his Discipline Penalty Decision of September 10, 2010 (written Decision December 14, 2010), as his practice advisor supervisor has withdrawn.  Mr. Angus is, therefore, not entitled to practice law at this time.

March 6, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is accepting applications for the position of Bencher in the North West Electoral District.

The appointment of Miguel Martinez to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, and the appointment of Robert Heinrichs to take his place as President of the Law Society, has created a Bencher vacancy in the North West Electoral District. Pursuant to Section 20 of The Legal Profession Act, 1990, The Benchers are entitled to appoint a replacement.

Deadline for applications is March 19, 2014.

March 5, 2014

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Monte James Sheppard.

March 3, 2014

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Dale Blenner-Hassett.

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

February 27, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has issued an amendment to the Code of Professional Conduct regarding Limited Scope Retainers.

February 26, 2014

The Law Society Library has created video tutorials to assist with searching CanLII. Please visit the library website for help searching on CanLII for a case with a common name, searching case law on a point of law, searching for  legislation and noting up cases.

February 25, 2014

The Saskatchewan Articling Recruitment Guidelines for the 2015-2016 articling term have been confirmed. A summary of the dates is as follows:

Application Deadline: May 9, 2014
Interviews: May 22-23, 2014
Offers: May 27, 2014 10:00 am

If you are interested in hiring an articling student for 2015-2016 please refer to these Guidelines and send a job posting to Terri Karpish at the College of Law Career Office. There are still students who are seeking articles for 2014-2015 and if you are interested in hiring a student please contact Terri. The full set of Guidelines can be found at the College of Law website.

February 20, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Barbara Lynn Galey.

February 18, 2014

At February Convocation, Erin Kleisinger was elected as a Bencher for the Regina Electoral District for the remainder of the 3 year term, commencing February 13, 2014.  She was elected to fill the Bencher vacancy left by Judge Patrick Reis.

February 14, 2014

A Notice of Suspension has been issued by the Law Society of Saskatchewan in relation to Bradley David Tilling.

February 7, 2014

There is one week left in the one-month trial of several ebook publications from the Working with the Law series by Emond Montgomery. The titles for the trial include:

Criminal Law for Legal Professionals
Family Law: Practice and Procedure
Wills and Estates
Civil Litigation
Fundamentals of Contract Law

To access the ebooks, please visit the Member’s Section. Please send any feedback to Melanie Hodges Neufeld at melanie@lawsociety.sk.ca. If we receive positive feedback, we may acquire the complete series in ebook format.

February 6, 2014

EMAIL ADDRESS REMINDER - In order to receive announcements and important communication from the Law Society, you must keep your email address current. We strive to keep the emails to a minimum by sending a general email to members every Thursday.

If you anticipate a change to your email address at your workplace, or you will be changing law firms, please remember to change your email address by going to the Law Society website and amending it under the Member Profile. The email address should be your direct work email, not your home email.

You also have control over whether or not you wish to make your email available to the public via the “Find a Lawyer” function. The option to publish your email can be toggled on or off via your Member Profile.

February 3, 2014

The Law Society Library is pleased to announce the release of the updated Saskatchewan Limitations Manual. The Manual contains an alphabetical list of all Saskatchewan statutes with limitation periods and relevant case law annotations.

January 28, 2014

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

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

January 21, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee released a decision in the discipline matter of Randy Kim Katzman.

January 20, 2014

In October, 2013, the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat released a document entitled "Important New Materials Regarding Conduct of Lawyers in the IAP". This information was published by the Secretariat in a news release. It is being posted here for the benefit of those members who may not have seen the original news release. 

January 17, 2014

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.  The Law Society is now accepting applications for the 2014 scholarship.  The deadline for receipt of applications is May 2, 2014.

January 15, 2014

Beginning January 15th, the Law Society Library has negotiated a one-month trial of several ebook publications from the Working with the Law series by Emond Montgomery. The titles for the trial include:

Criminal Law for Legal Professionals
Family Law: Practice and Procedure
Wills and Estates
Civil Litigation
Fundamentals of Contract Law

To access the ebooks, please visit the Member’s Section. Please send any feedback to Melanie Hodges Neufeld at melanie@lawsociety.sk.ca. If we receive positive feedback, we may acquire the complete series in ebook format.

January 13, 2014

The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has released Crown Immunity: Final Report, which is presented as a proposal to the Minister of Justice. The doctrine of Crown immunity provides that a statute does not bind the Crown unless the statute expressly so states or it is otherwise clear from the enactment that the legislature intended the Crown to be bound. In this Final Report, the Commission draws a distinction between legislation currently in force and future enactments. With respect to legislation currently in force, the Commission recommends that immunity be considered whenever substantial changes are made to a statute. The Commission recommends that, for future enactments, each new statute specifically address whether the Crown is bound, and to what extent. 

January 10, 2014

Law Society Trustee Seeks Lawyer with Estate Practice:

Scott Spencer, the Trustee for Pauline Duncan Bonneau, is seeking expressions of interest in relation to Ms. Duncan Bonneau’s “Wills on file.”

As Ms. Duncan Bonneau is currently suspended and does not intend to return to the practice of law, it is necessary to make arrangements with respect to this significant block of Wills and related documentation. Ms. Duncan Bonneau is in support of the Trustee’s efforts to make arrangements with an established lawyer with an estate practice, ideally in Regina.

Of course, the Wills are the property of the client and any arrangement will respect that fact and require counsel to take responsibility for the documents.

Please contact the Trustee, Scott Spencer, before January 20, 2014 at:

Robertson Stromberg LLP
Suite 600, 105 – 21st Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0B3
Phone: (306) 652-7575
Fax: (306) 652-2445

January 8, 2014

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee released a decision in the discipline matter of Pauline Duncan-Bonneau Q.C. (CAN).

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee released a decision in the discipline matter of Monte James Sheppard.

January 2, 2014

The Court of Queen's Bench new Practice Directive on Gowning and anAdministrative Notice on the late filing of Pre-Trial Briefs came into effect on January 1, 2014.

At its November Convocation, the Law Society of Saskatchewan elected Miguel Martinez as President and Robert Heinrichs as Vice-President for 2014.