Month: June 2018

Changes to Saskatchewan Provincial Court Fees

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From Saskatchewan Justice

Although some fees have been revised on an ad hoc basis over the years, Provincial Court Fees Regulations have not been changed since 1988.

An extensive review looked into each task and the actual costs of providing the service.  The review also considered fees charged in other provinces and how Saskatchewan’s current fees compare.  It was determined that the current fees have not kept up with the actual costs of providing those services.  Consideration was also given to ensuring that fee increases will not unduly restrict access to the courts.

As a result, there are some new Provincial Court fees and some existing court fees have been revised to reflect the current costs of providing those services.  The new schedule for Saskatchewan Provincial Court fees is attached below. New fees will be effective July 1, 2018.

 

 

 

New Journals Issues – March 2018

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By Sara Stanley

The Canadian Class Action Review
Volume 13, Number 1 (2017-2018)

  • Introduction / Harvey T Strosberg, QC
  • Questions About Leave Test for Secondary Market Claims Remain Unanswered After Court of Appeal Decision in Rahami v. Southgobi Resources LTD / Byron Shaw
  • Case Review of Decertification Motions in Class Proceedings / Melanie Ouanounou
  • Absent Foreign Claimants in Canadian Class Actions: Where to After Airia Brands? / Paul-Erik Veel and Graham Henry
  • L’autorisation de L’action Collective: Raisons D’être, Application et Changements à Venir / Veronica Aimar
  • Carriage Motions in Ontario: Inconsistent Application of an Indeterminate Test / Gerald Antman
  • Class Actions and the Problem with Probabilistic Causation / Sarah Bittman
  • Our Aging CPA: It’s Time for Ontario to “Opt-In” to a Modern Global Class-Actions Framework / Madeleine Brown

UBC Law Review
Volume 51, Number 1 (January 2018)

  • Constituting Bodies into the Future: Towards a Relational Theory of Intergenerational Justice / Jessica Eisen, Roxanne Mykitiuk and Dayna Nadine Scott
  • The “Individualistic” Approach to Arbitrariness, Overbreadth, and Gross Disproportionality / Colton Fehr
  • Agreeing to Share: Treaty 3, History & the Courts / Kate Gunn
  • Spaces for Sharing: Searching for Indigenous Law on the Canadian Legal Landscape / Alan Hanna
  • A Crisis of Conscience: Miscarriages of Justice and Indigenous Defendants in Canada / Malini Vijaykumar
  • Paradigm Shift: Towards a New Model for Refugee Status Determination in Canada / Pia Zambelli

Canadian Criminal Law Review
Volume 23, Number 1 (February 2018)

  • The Road to Traffic Safety: Mandatory Breath Screening and Bill C-46 / Robert Solomon and Erika Chamberlain
  • Canada’s Provocation Reform and the Need to Revisit Culpability in ‘Loss of Control’ Cases / Christopher Nowlin
  • Proportionality in Sentence Appeals: Towards a Guiding Principle of Appellate Review / James Foy
  • Detecting Deceit During Trials: Limits in the Implementation of Lie Detection Research- A Comment on Snook, McCardle, Fahmy and House / Vincent Denault and Louise Marie Jupe
  • Burden of Proof and L’intime conviction: Is the Continental Criminal Trial Moving to the Common Law? / Demetra Fr. Sorvatzioti and Allan Manson

National Creditor Debtor Review
Volume 33, Number 1 (March 2018)

  • Are Forbearance Agreements on the Endangered Species List: The Effect of Canada v. Callidus Capital Corp. on Lenders’ Dealings with Insolvent Borrowers / Jeffrey Simpson
  • A Crossroads for Roll-Ups: Prohibited or an Evolving Trend in Canada? / Caitlin Fell

7th Annual National Pro Bono Conference

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From Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

Please join us at the 7th National Pro Bono Conference this October 4 and 5 in Vancouver where legal professionals, law students, judges, politicians, non-profit sector leaders, academics and citizens from across Canada will share ideas and best practices for increasing access to justice for all members of society.

Plenary and workshop topics include: justice system reform, supporting self-represented litigants, serving Indigenous communities, unbundled legal services, reduced rate legal services, paralegal pro bono services, the politics of access to justice, and good corporate citizenry.

The Conference also features a two-day 12 CPD hour Accessible Practice CLE stream on skills and resources relevant to legal practitioners seeking to provide pro bono or reduced rate legal services to increase access to justice.

Our keynote speakers include the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada, the Honourable Thomas Cromwell, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Honourable David Eby QC, Attorney General of BC.

For more information on the Conference, including the two-day schedule, visit www.probonoconference.ca

Free Family Law Assistance Clinics Summer Schedule – Regina

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The Family Law Information Centre will be offering free family law assistance sessions for the public  in the summer. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, drop in for free assistance at the Regina branch of the Law Society Library:

  • 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?

Sessions available in July and August from 9:30 am to 11:30 am :

  • July 4
  • July 18
  • August 1
  • August 15
  • August 29

There will be no sessions on July 11, July 25, August 8 and August 22.

You can get help with your questions, and to use the court forms available on Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA).

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

 

ISC Annual Fee Adjustments

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From Information Services Corporation

Effective July 16, 2018, search fees will increase for the Saskatchewan Personal Property Registry and Land Surveys. Land Titles Registry, Corporate Registry and Geomatics fees will remain unchanged.

Please visit www.isc.ca/feechange for a full breakdown of the fee changes, including a preview of the revised fee schedules.

Happy Retirement, Linda!

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By Andrea Johnston, Director of Admissions & Education
Law Society of Saskatchewan

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of one of our long-term employees, Linda Euteneier.  Linda has been with the Law Society of Saskatchewan for almost 15 years.  She started on September 2, 2003, job sharing the front desk receptionist position and eventually filling that role full time.  She remained in that position until she transitioned into her current CPD Administration role in 2010, when the Law Society established an Education Department and implemented the mandatory CPD program.  Linda has survived an office move, several renovation projects, numerous changes in management and most importantly, the early years of mandatory CPD!  At the commencement of our CPD program, Linda constituted half of our two person department.  She played an integral role as we developed and implemented the CPD program initially, and has continued to be an important and respected member of our team as we have evaluated, revised and grown the program.

Now, after almost 15 years with the Law Society, Linda has decided it is time to move on to bigger and better things….retirement.  Linda’s last day with the Law Society will be June 29, 2018.  Linda has been a very loyal and dedicated Law Society employee and has assisted our members promptly and efficiently throughout the entirety of her time with the organization.  We will miss Linda’s work ethic, patience, sense of humour, and down to earth attitude.

We wish Linda all the best as she moves into this next chapter of life with more time to enjoy her precious granddaughter, gardening, friends, family and everything else she loves.  Congratulations to Linda on her well-deserved retirement!

Access to Justice Bulletin, June 2018

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From the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group

The 3rd annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week is October 22-26. Have an event you would like to hold or an initiative you would like to highlight during the week? Contact the Access to Justice Coordinator with your idea: b.lowenberger@usask.ca.

CBA building free, members-only, online database called Find-A-Lawyer that will help members of the public to find a lawyer: https://bit.ly/2Maeiux.

TRC-Related CPD Activities Bundle offered by Law Society of Saskatchewan, in recognition of National Indigenous History Month. Purchase package in June for special rate: https://bit.ly/2JZ0eHz.

Measuring the gender justice gap: https://brook.gs/2tu544z.

The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) working with Civic Tech Toronto to combine civic engagement, technology and law in order to make the justice system more accessible: https://bit.ly/2MQtm1C.

See No Evil? Could “Innovation Waivers” Help Break Roadblocks to Reforming Legal Service Delivery?: https://bit.ly/2M4oVyR.

Free CPD Webinar for lawyers on Working with Victims of Sexual Violence: https://bit.ly/2ymUmSX.

Congratulations to David Stack, QC, recipient of 2018 CBA Saskatchewan Community Service Award.

Tickets available for “Seeing the Need, Taking the Lead,” the 7th National Pro Bono Conference in Vancouver from October 4-5: https://bit.ly/2KecGm8.

Trilateral partnership between U of S College of Law and Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Indigenous groups in the province will improve access to legal education and create new employment opportunities for members of Indigenous governments and organizations: https://bit.ly/2lklXeq.

Help with family law problems in Saskatoon on July 20: https://bit.ly/2MZUcnN.

 

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