Access to Justice Bulletin, April 2017

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From the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group

National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil & Family Matters’ (NAC) Justice Development Goals Status Report released in March 2017 here: http://bit.ly/2o9MyOY. New NAC “Justice Development Goals” website launched in March 2017 here: http://bit.ly/2pDRn36.

People’s Law School presents the “Restorative Justice Dinner, Drama, & Discussion” on April 24 in Saskatoon & on April 25 in Prince Albert. For more information & to RSVP, email heatherpeters@mccsk.ca.

Free Law Day Telephone Clinic being hosted on April 25 & 26 by CBA Sask. & Pro Bono Law Sask. Call 1-306-569-3098 (Regina) or 1-855-833-7257 (toll free) to book a telephone appointment to obtain free legal advice from a volunteer Saskatchewan lawyer. Limited space available.

NAC is building an inventory of ways that access to justice is being improved across Canada. If your access to justice related innovations involve collaboration; governance; new delivery approaches; technology; or evaluation, please share them by May 15 here: http://bit.ly/2orbttv.

National Self-Represented Litigants Project seeks family lawyer input about ‘legal coaching’ by May 15 to help inform development of training program for lawyers interested in building a coaching practice: http://bit.ly/2oalo9K.

Free help with family law problems during April, May, & June in Saskatoon: http://bit.ly/2o961ze.

Research study seeks to connect with tenants who have been represented by CLASSIC or who represented themselves at a hearing at the Office of Residential Tenancies (Rentalsman). For more information, contact Sarah Buhler at 1-306-270-5564 or sarah.buhler@usask.ca, or drop by CLASSIC to sign up. Participants will receive $25 to thank them for their time.

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week, being held October 16-22, 2017.

Have you heard about the Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project, an initiative of CREATE Justice? Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2oQtzGr.

Sask. could be forced to dismiss serious criminal cases due to shortage of justices, says Chief Justice Popescul: http://bit.ly/2otslPn.

PASS IT ON! SUBMIT YOUR BITE-SIZED ACCESS TO JUSTICE NEWS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BULLETIN TO a2jworkinggroup@usask.ca AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SUBSCRIBE FOR THE BULLETIN AT http://bit.ly/29eyYPr.

Changes to The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act and The Residential Tenancies Act

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

On April 10th, the Government introduced and passed legislation to support individuals fleeing interpersonal violence and families of victims of crime.

The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act and The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 will be amended to allow a tenant to end a fixed-term rental agreement with 28 days’ notice if they or their family members are being abused by another resident or former resident. The amendments bring Saskatchewan in line with some other Canadian jurisdictions, including Alberta who passed similar legislation last year.

The ministry is also amending The Victims of Crime Act, 1995 to expand compensation for counselling costs to include parents, siblings, and adult children of adult victims who have died as a result of violent crime.The legislation previously limited compensation for counselling to the spouse or children of an adult victim and the parent or sibling of a child victim.

For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan news page.

Family Law Clinics – Saskatoon

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This week, Family Law Saskatchewan will be hosting  free family law clinics for the public in Saskatoon on Thursday, April 20th   from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Alice Turner Branch and from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Frances Morrison Central Library Computer Lab.  A session will also be held on Friday, April 21st   from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Law Society Library, Court of Queen’s Bench:

  • Are you applying to court for child support, custody/access or divorce?
  • Do you need help with the court forms and process?
  • Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?

Family Law Saskatchewan can help answer your questions, and use the court forms available on Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA).

There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.

More information:

Law Society Library Saskatoon
Saskatoon Public Library

Queen’s Bench Rules of Court and Forms Amended

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By Kelly Laycock

The Court of Queen’s Bench has amended the Rules of Court and related forms effective April 1, 2017. The amendments include authorizing lawyers to send requests for service directly to foreign countries pursuant to The Hague Convention on Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents, and amending the family law Petition and Answer forms to require additional information concerning other relevant court proceedings and to update the Statement of Lawyer. Please see details in Saskatchewan Gazette, Part I, March 3, 2017.

As a courtesy to our members, the Law Society Library converts the PDF forms into Word documents for easy use. We have completed the conversion, and these documents are now available on the Law Society website. The following forms were affected:

  • Former forms 12-12A, 12-12B, and 12-12C are repealed and replaced by forms 12-12A and 12-12B.
  • Form 15-6 is amended.
  • Form 15-14A is amended.
  • Form 15-15 is amended.
  • Form 16-14 is amended.
  • New form 16-53 is added.

Please note the new format of forms 12-12A and 12-12B, which relate to the Hague Convention. These forms are for international use and so do not contain the QB form numbers on the form.

Past Presidents of the Law Society of Saskatchewan

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By Kelly Laycock

For all those history buffs, this is the complete list of the past presidents of the Law Society of Saskatchewan since its inception in 1907. This list was originally published as an appendix in Iain Mentiplay’s book, A Century of Integrity: The Law Society of Saskatchewan 1907 to 2007, and has recently been updated for the latest issue of the Benchers’ Digest to include the presidents from the past 10 years. In that update, we inadvertently forgot to include Mr. Robert Heinrichs, QC, who took over as president in May 2014 after the Honourable Miguel Martinez was appointed to the Provincial Court. We offer our sincerest apologies to Mr. Heinrichs for that omission. Please find the correction in the list below and in the online Spring 2017 issue of the Benchers’ Digest. If you want to learn more about the history of the Law Society, we’ll be posting more historical gems over the coming months to celebrate our 110th anniversary. Stay tuned! Read the rest of this entry »

Access to Justice Bulletin, March 2017

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From the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group

CREATE Justice officially launched March 1 at the College of Law. Read the first publication of the centre, the Architects of Justice Survey Report, which was aimed at increasing public participation in developing access to justice solutions: http://bit.ly/2mQ7Hx3.

Legal Resources Fair held at Regina Public Library on March 14 to increase public access to legal information: http://bit.ly/2nfhV9i.

Register for “Law Day for Canada at 150”, a free public lecture about diversity in the legal system, chaired by the Hon. Justice Jackson on March 30 in Regina: http://bit.ly/2mNBd2i.

Law Society Library seeks feedback about legal resources & access to justice by April 7 from Saskatchewan lawyers practicing in smaller communities: http://bit.ly/2o8g46Z.

Intakes for CLASSIC’s Walk-in Advocacy Clinic (WAC) suspended from March 29-May 15 to accommodate student change-over. CLASSIC’s Legal Advice Clinic (LAC) appointments also limited between March 29-May 15 because of limited student availability & student change-over.

National Self-Represented Litigants Project seeks family lawyer input about ‘legal coaching’ by May 15 to help inform development of training program for lawyers interested in building a coaching practice: http://bit.ly/2oalo9K.

New Law Society of Saskatchewan Executive Director, Tim Brown highlights topic of access to justice in “Leading with Vision” feature of Spring 2017 Bencher’s Digest: http://bit.ly/2mJ4rhU.

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week, being held October 16-22, 2017.

Report by the Hon. Justice Bonkalo submitted to Ontario Attorney General & Law Society of Upper Canada on “Expanding Legal Services Options for Families” for consideration in development of an action plan to be released in Fall 2017: http://bit.ly/2oAwCBg.

CREATE Justice highlighted in Slaw Column, “Beyond the Binary” as an innovative initiative that seeks to normalize broader engagement in addressing access to justice problems: http://bit.ly/2nLrxqa.

The Queen’s Printer Name Change – Effective April 1, 2017

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Marilyn Lustig-McEwen, Director
Publications Saskatchewan & Queen’s Printer for Saskatchewan

What is Changing

Effective April 1, 2017, Publications Saskatchewan is the new name for the former Office of the Queen’s Printer. Publications Saskatchewan operates a centralized online catalogue and shopping cart, Publications Centre, for all Government of Saskatchewan publications and other Saskatchewan documents. This includes Freelaw, an online resource which provides access to all current Government of Saskatchewan legislation. Publications Saskatchewan will launch a new website in the near future with the same great service and even more titles.

How do these changes affect how I interact with Publications Saskatchewan

Publications Saskatchewan has the same address, fax and phone numbers, with slight changes to the website and email contact.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Publications Saskatchewan
Walter Scott Building
B19-3085 Albert Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0B1

Phone: (306) 787-6894
Toll free (in Saskatchewan): 1-800-226-7302
Fax: (306) 798-0835

For online access to Government and other Saskatchewan publications and products, visit Publications Centre, at www.publications.gov.sk.ca

For the authoritative source for all current Government of Saskatchewan legislation, visit Freelaw, at www.publications.gov.sk.ca/freelaw