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December 22, 2015

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Admissions & Education Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the matter of William Kevin Rogers.

December 21, 2015

The practice of law and the public’s demands for legal services are changing.  Driven in part by new technologies, new business models and access to justice concerns, delivery and regulation of legal services has begun evolving around the world.  We have been watching significant regulatory changes in Australia, England and Wales over the last ten years. These ideas have caught on in Canada, as is reflected in the recommendations of the Canadian Bar Association’s recent Futures Report. To keep up with these changes, the Law Society must also rethink its regulation of the profession.

The Law Societies of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are trying to stay ahead of this wave. In particular, we are examining a spectrum of regulatory tools that includes entity regulation, compliance-based regulation and alternative business structures to determine which, if any, might be effective in our jurisdictions.  A discussion paper co-authored by representatives of each of these law societies represents an early step in both understanding and assessing the regulatory options available. 

These new approaches to regulation do not necessarily mean more regulation, but a different approach to regulation that is more proactive.  They can also mean increased flexibility and opportunity for the profession in the delivery of legal services.  That’s why we want your input. The next step in examining these issues is a consultation with the profession in early 2016.  In the meantime, we hope this paper will provide some background information to inform the consultation process.  Please follow the links to read the paper and accompanying abstract.  

December 14, 2015

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

December 11, 2015

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

December 10, 2015

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony for Judge Steven Schiefner, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 8, 2016, at the Regina Provincial Court House.

December 9, 2015

The Court of Appeal of Saskatchewan has released a decision on the discipline matter of Krishan Kumar (2015 SKCA 132).

December 3, 2015

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision on penalty in the discipline matter of Mervin Clayton Phillips.

December 2, 2015

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

November 17, 2015

The Canadian Bankers Association has provided Law Society members with an updated list (English | French) of bank officials to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortgages. (password required)

November 16, 2015

Bencher Election results and bios for all successful candidates are now available on the Benchers Election page.

November 10, 2015

The Court of Queen's Bench has made a number of amendments to its Rules of Court and related forms. The amendments come into effect on January 1, 2016. The amendments, include:  the requirement that originating applications be issued before they are served; clarification on when issues may be resolved by summary judgment; the requirement  that proof of death (such as  a funeral director's certificate) be filed with applications for probate and administration; changes to the Application for Grant of Administration form to clarify the basis on which a bond is or is not required; new forms for Application for Case Conference and Appointment for Questioning;  as well as formatting amendments to all forms including the removal of the clerk's stamp. The rule amendments can be found in Saskatchewan Gazette volume 111 no. 44, Part I (a subsequent correction confirms the effective date of January 1, 2016). A temporary link to the amended forms can be found on the Queen's Printer website.

November 9, 2015

The Law Society is working with the Ministry of Justice to explore possibilities for allowing non-lawyers to provide some legal services in Saskatchewan.  The possibilities include:

  • expanding the scope of paralegals working under the supervision of lawyers;
  • relaxing the restrictions on other types of professionals who provide services akin to legal services; and
  • creating a new class of legal service providers who would be permitted to provide some legal services independently after undergoing training and assessment. 


The project’s overall goal is to provide greater access to legal services for Saskatchewan citizens. 

The Law Society and the Ministry are beginning informal discussions with individual paralegals and their associations to better understand the current market. In particular, we are gathering information about the current environment, including how many non-lawyers are working in any legal capacity or are delivering some kind of informal legal service in Saskatchewan. 

The second stage will be to undertake wider consultations with all affected stakeholders, including the courts, the profession in general, Crown corporations, Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Collaborative Law, Canadian Bar Association, Pro Bono Law, Public Legal Education Association, CLASSIC, Legal Aid, tribunals, community based organizations, notaries, paralegals, the public, insurance brokers, financial planners, and estate planners. 

If you know of any other individuals or organizations that might be interested in providing input, or if you are interested in otherwise contributing to this project, please contact Barbra Bailey at barbra@lawsociety.sk.ca

November 4, 2015

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Mervin Clayton Phillips.

October 23, 2015

The Law Society is looking for volunteers to act as representatives on the following boards: 

  1. Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission
  2. Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA)
  3. College of Law Endowment Fund

A letter of interest, along with a resume to the attention of Tom Schonhoffer, Q.C., can be emailed to his assistant Liz at llynchuk@lawsociety.sk.ca.  Deadline for applications is November 8, 2015.

October 22, 2015


Bencher Election 2015
Online voting for the Bencher election is now open until midnight on Sunday, November 15, 2015 for those members residing in the Regina, Saskatoon and Northeast electoral districts.  Candidates for all other electoral districts were acclaimed.  Members on the voter’s list in those districts should have received an email with voting instructions and a link to the online voting website.  If you did not receive an email, it is likely because your email has not been updated in the Law Society’s member database.  The voting website is https://eBallot4.votenet.com/LSS.  Please follow the link and log in to access the website using the same username and password you use to access your Member Profile on the Law Society website.  Voting instructions and candidate bios are located on the voting website.  To ensure that you receive emails from the Law Society in the future, please update your contact information by logging into your Member Profile and selecting “View Profile.”

If you experience any difficulty voting or accessing the voting website, please contact Barbra Bailey at barbra@lawsociety.sk.ca before November 13th.  

October 21, 2015

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision on Formal Complaint in the discipline matter of Peter A. Abrametz.

October 20, 2015

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of penalty hearing in the discipline matter of Peter A. Abrametz.

October 8, 2015

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

October 2, 2015

The Hearing Committee of the Admissions and Education Committee for the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the matter ofMapa Mudiyanselage Mahendra Mapagunaratne.

September 18, 2015

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

September 17, 2015

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Karolee Ann Zawislak.

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

September 15, 2015

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

Effective Oct. 5, 2015, evidence of legal name change will be required on Individual Change of Name applications submitted to ISC. Applications submitted without the required evidence will no longer be accepted as of Oct. 5, 2015. See blog post on Legal Sourcery for more details. 

September 11, 2015

The Provincial Court of Saskatchewan is pleased to invite members to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Vanessa Monar Enweani, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House. 

September 3, 2015

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

September 1, 2015

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Pauline Duncan-Bonneau.

August 24, 2015

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

August 4, 2015

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Admissions & Education Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the matter of Mapa Mudiyanselage Mahendra Mapagunaratne.

July 22, 2015

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

July 20, 2015

With the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order, La Ronge and area Provincial Court matters are expected to return to normal. Please see this updated Notice to Court Users for further information.

July 16, 2015

WestlawNext Resources Added to Members`Section - The Law Society Library is pleased to announce an expansion to the online resources available to our active members via their desktops. Several WestlawNext Canada resources have been added including LawSource, CriminalSource, FamilySource and LabourSource. To access these resources, please visit the Members’ Section of the Law Society website. 

July 15, 2015

Forest fires continue to affect La Ronge and area court proceedings. Meadow Lake Provincial Court has also made arrangements for court matters in the event fire affects communities where circuit court sittings are scheduled. Please see this Notice to Court Users for further information.

July 13, 2015

The Court of Queen's Bench has amended Schedule I "B" of the Tariff of Costs.  The new Tariff is split into a General section and a Family section. Items are organized in accordance with the new Rules of Court with columns based on the complexity of the case. The new Tariff comes into effect on August 1, 2015. A temporary copy of the new Tariff is available on the Courts of Saskatchewan website in English and  French.

July 10, 2015

Information Services Corporation has announced that Corporate Registry fee increase will take effect this Saturday, July 11th, 2015. Full breakdown of fee changes by product line is available on ISC website.

July 9, 2015

Due to the forest fires, there will be changes to the regular court proceedings for La Ronge Provincial Court and the outlying communities served by the La Ronge Court next week. Please see this updated Notice to Court Users for further details. 

July 6, 2015

Due to the forest fires, regular court proceedings for La Ronge Provincial Court and the outlying communities served by the La Ronge Court will be held out of Prince Albert Provincial Court until further notice. Where possible the affected communities will be connected to Prince Albert by either phone or videoconference link. Please see the Notice to Court Users for further details.  

Information Services Corporation implemented a fee increase on July 4, 2015. This increase was applied differently to the Land Registry (Land Titles), Land Surveys Directory (Survey Plans), Personal Property Registry and Geomatics (Map, Photo and Imagery) product offerings, falling within the 2-4% range (with some exceptions and exclusions). Important Note: The Corporate Registry fee increase originally scheduled for July 4, 2015 has been postponed. More information will be provided once an implementation date has been determined. Please visit ISC website for a full breakdown of fee changes by product line.

July 3, 2015

Government announces new online resource for condominium stakeholders:

The Office of the Public Registry Administration within the Ministry of Justice created an extensive list of information that will help clarify several common questions and answers. Topics include insurance, condominium conversion, dispute resolution and pet ownership.

To access this information, visit www.saskatchewan.ca and search “Condominium Properties.” For further inquiries, email condos@gov.sk.ca

July 2, 2015

The Swearing-in Ceremony for Mr. Justice Daryl E. Labach and Mr. Justice Gary A.T. Meschishnick will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at the Court House, 520 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, in courtroom #1.  

June 30, 2015

On  June 17, 2015 amendments to The Court of Queen's Bench Summary Conviction Appeal Rules were published in the Canada Gazette.  A notice of the amendment was published in the Saskatchewan Gazette on June 26, 2015.  The amendment amends sections 12 and 13 concerning the contents of the Appellant's and Respondent's Memorandum of Argument and prescribes the forms to be used. The amendments can be found on the Queen's Printer website.

June 16, 2015

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

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June 15, 2015

Effective June 15, 2015, Saskatoon’s Family Law Division has merged with the General Division. Effective immediately the fax number for both offices will be (306) 975-4818.

June 11, 2015

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Holly Ann Knott, Q.C.

June 8, 2015

The swearing-in ceremony for Justice Jeffery D. Kalmakoff will take place at the Regina Court House, 2425 Victoria Avenue, on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 3:30 p.m., in Court Room # 6.

May 22, 2015

Information Services Corporation (ISC) announced a fee increase to be implemented on July 4, 2015. The increase will be applied differently to the Land Registry, Personal Property Registry, Land Surveys Directory, Corporate Registry and Geomatics product offerings, falling within the 2-4% range with some exceptions and exclusions. A detail breakdown by product is available on ISC's website.

May 20, 2015

Legal Aid Saskatchewan (LAS) is currently updating its Legal Aid Panel for private bar lawyer referrals. A letter and email has been sent out to the current panel members to confirm and/or update current contact information. LAS intends to change some of the current processes regarding lawyer referrals. As part of the engagement of lawyers in the private bar who accept farmouts from LAS, LAS will be presenting a free CPD webinar on May 22, 12:00 - 1:00 pm on the entire farmout process from the initial appointment to the final billing. This webinar has been approved for one hour of CPD/Ethics.

The Annual General Meeting of Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan will take place in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Bar Association – Saskatchewan Branch on Thursday June 18, 2015 at 4pm at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre, Prince Albert Room, 1975 Broad Street, Regina, SK.

The Annual General Meeting is being held for the purpose of:
1. Receipt and consideration of the Corporation’s Annual Report (coming soon)
2. Receipt and consideration of the Financial Statements and Auditor’s Report for 2014
3. Consideration of amendments to the Bylaws of the Corporation
4. Election of Directors
5. Reappointment of Auditor
6. Such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

May 19, 2015

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).

May 12, 2015

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

May 7, 2015

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

May 6, 2015

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

May 1, 2015

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Discipline Hearing Committee has issued a notice of hearing in the discipline matter of Karolee Ann Zawislak.

April 30, 2015

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

April 20, 2015

Saskatchewan Law Review 2015 volume 78(1) is now available in fulltext (member's password required). This issue includes:

April 16, 2015

E.M. CULLITON SCHOLARSHIP - 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 accepting applications for the 2015 scholarship. The deadline for receipt of applications is May 4, 2015.

April 7, 2015

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Mervin Clayton Phillips.

Arpil 2, 2015

Mr. Jeremy Caissie is in compliance with his practice conditions, as of April 1, 2015.  Mr. Caissie is, therefore, entitled to practice law.

March 20, 2015

The Ransomware virus which hit BC and Ontario last year has been active in Saskatchewan in the last few weeks. This virus will lock up your computer and encrypt your files. Be on the alert and do not open any suspicious emails that may contain a virus or come from an unknown sender. Members need to be aware that such cyber-attacks are not covered under the mandatory policy of insurance. 

March 13, 2015

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

March 4, 2015

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

On March 2, 2015, the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan issued a Notice relating to electronic access by counsel/parties to family law appeal files via eCourt.  

March 3, 2015

In 2014 the Ministry of Justice undertook the Justice Innovation Agenda to take a critical look at the justice system to address access to justice.  As part of the Innovation Agenda, the Ministry of Justice is conducting a review of all aspects of the small claims process in Saskatchewan. This includes reviewing The Small Claims Act, 1997 and potential amendments to the Act, the processes and procedures in place across the province for small claims actions, the materials provided to prospective users, access and usability for unrepresented users, and exploring different streams to resolution. Members are invited to provide feedback on a consultation paper outlining several issues and questions related to small claims in Saskatchewan. Responses should be submitted prior to April 1, 2015

March 2, 2015

Members are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Judge Michelle Marquette, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, at the Wynyard Provincial Court House. 

February 26, 2015

The WCB has received inquiries regarding a recent policy change (Policy 14-2014) from corporations who pay directors who are not active in the business. The WCB recognizes that there are directors who receive a T4 but are not active in their corporation. Inactive directors do not perform any day-to-day tasks duties for the corporation and are strictly receiving a wage for their investment or other purposes.  Directors who are not active in the day-to-day activities of a corporation are not required to have mandatory coverage. More information is available on WCB website.

February 18, 2015

On February 13, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down certain provisions in the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and its regulations that the government sought to apply to members of the legal profession. Members of the profession continue to be bound by law society rules and regulations that prohibit them from accepting large amounts of cash and require them to take measures to verify the identity of their clients.

The Court’s decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Federation of Law Societies of Canada, in which the Court recognized that the duty of commitment to the client’s cause is a principle of fundamental justice, is the culmination of a 14-year legal battle over application of the federal anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regime to lawyers and Quebec notaries. Acting on behalf of Canada’s law societies, the Federation challenged the constitutionality of provisions that would have required legal counsel to collect and record information about their clients and turn it over to the state on demand.

The Federation and its member law societies have been actively engaged in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing activities for over a decade. Model Rules prohibiting legal counsel from accepting $7,500 or more in cash and detailed know-your client obligations have been adopted and implemented by all law societies.

Those rules, which accomplish the important goal of protecting the public by fighting money laundering and terrorist financing in a way that respects the duties legal counsel owe to their clients, remain in effect.

February 10, 2015

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of Bradley David Tilling.  Mr. Tilling has been disbarred pursuant to s. 53(3)(a)(i) and (v) of The Legal Profession Act, 1990.

February 5, 2015

The Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board approved a policy in 2014 called "Coverage - Directors" (Policy 14-2014) which came into effect on January 1, 2015. Under the new policy, a director who is reporting employment income on a Canada Revenue Agency T4 income tax slip is considered a worker and is required to have WCB coverage. Please see WCB news release for details.

February 4, 2015

With immediate effect, the Corporate Registry is no longer correcting application errors or omissions on the customer’s behalf. ISC has established a 45 day grace period to help with transition into the new policy. The grace period will end at 5:00 pm on March 20, 2015. Please read ISC's news release for details of the new policy and grace period policy.

February 3, 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada handed down a decision on public-sector employees' right to strike last week (Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan, 2015 SCC 4), overturning R. v. Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, 2013 SKCA 43.

January 29, 2015

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has prepared a Client Intake Decision-Making Checklist (password required) to assist members when meeting with potential clients.  The Checklist can be found in the Practice Resources section.

January 27, 2015

Subscribers to the Law Society Quicklaw Program, please visit the Members’ Section for an important message.

January 15, 2015

A  recent blog post on Slaw reported that a BC law firm's computer network was hacked by cyber-extortionist. The law firm’s files were held captive by a hacker who encrypted them and tried to extort payment in return for restoring access. The Law Society of BC issued a warning to its members to be vigilant about their firm’s cyber security. There have been similar cases in Ontario in the last year.

January 9, 2015

The brand-new Second Edition of the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual is here and we are ready to ship!  Check out the Publications page for ordering information.

The original Builders’ Lien Act Manual: A Practitioners’ Manual, written by W. Brent Gough, Q.C. more than 20 years ago, has stood the test of time, with copies continuing to be sold even as we were finalizing the updates to the second edition, written by Collin K. Hirschfeld.  That just goes to show that quality content never goes out of style.

Coming Soon!  If you like ebooks just as much as we do, you’ll be happy to hear that the Saskatchewan Builders’ Lien Manual is being used for our Ebook Pilot Project with Emond Montgomery Publications.  The project is underway and we will have ordering information shortly.  If you let us know how much you like our first ebook, we’ll make more!

January 8, 2015

The Provincial Court of Saskatchewan is pleased to invite members to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony for Chief Judge James Plemel, which will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2015, at the Saskatoon Provincial Court House. 

January 6, 2015

A Hearing Committee of the Law Society of Saskatchewan has released a decision in the discipline matter of John Darren Armitage.

January 2, 2015

Legal Sourcery Named Best Canadian Law Library Blog: Legal Sourcery, the Law Society Library blog, has won a Canadian Law Blog Award (Clawbie) for Best Law Library Blog:

As a law library blog newcomer, Legal Sourcery made a serious impression in 2014. The hard-working blogger team (whose members double as the reference team) at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library jumped into the blawgosphere full-force. With regular updates, engaging topics, and fun Twitter personalities, this group was instrumental to bringing back the info-cool factor to law library blogs. We’re proud to award them this year’s Clawbie.