Month: January 2019

Law Society Penalty Decision: Law Society of Saskatchewan v. MacKay

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A penalty decision has been released in relation to the matter of the Law Society of Saskatchewan v. David MacKay. The following allegations against the Member were proven in an earlier phase of the hearing process:

i. did, after agreeing to trust conditions imposed by Lawyer S. in relation to the release of certain settlement funds coming into his possession, fail to comply with those trust conditions by releasing said funds without first ensuring the trust conditions had been met.

The following penalty was imposed by the Committee:

a. DAVID MACKAY is reprimanded;

b. DAVID MACKAY shall pay a fine to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in the amount of $1,000.00;

c. DAVID MACKAY shall pay costs to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in the amount of $11,000.00;

d. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT DAVID MACKAY shall pay the amounts noted above by 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2019, failing which a suspension shall be imposed until such time as the amounts noted above have been paid in full.

For more information on the Law Society of Saskatchewan discipline proceedings, please visit the Discipline Section on the Law Society of Saskatchewan website.

Following Legal Sourcery via Email

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When the Law Society of Saskatchewan transitioned over to our new website design, we decided to bid farewell to our old news section, which used to be hosted on the home page. We found that most of these entries were being posted both in the news section and on our blog, Legal Sourcery. In an effort to cut down on duplication and streamline our communications to our membership and the public, Law Society news items will now appear solely on the blog.

Now that Legal Sourcery has become the main hub for Law Society news, it seems like a perfect time to get more acquainted with WordPress. In a few quick steps you can be following Legal Sourcery, automatically making life that much easier simply by being able to access our news items and articles directly from your inbox.

Following the blog is really easy and this article will walk you through the process.

  1. Look in the sidebar on the right and scroll all the way down to the bottom. You will find a section called “Follow Legal Sourcery via Email”. Enter your chosen email address here. WordPress gives you very fine grained control over how frequently you get emails, so in this case, I am going to enter my work email address.
  2. After you enter your email address, click “Follow”. In the bottom right hand corner of the screen, you will receive a notification reminding you to check your email.
  3. You will receive an email shortly. When you receive it, you will notice a few things. To follow the blog, click “Confirm Follow”. If you follow many WordPress blogs, you may want to sign up for a account as it makes keeping track of many blogs much easier. And, if you receive too much email (or not enough), you can adjust your email subscription options.follow-blog-confirm
  4. You have three options when you subscribe to blogs via email. You can receive an email as soon as we post a new article, or you can choose to receive either daily or weekly digests.

CBA Mid-Winter Meeting 2019 – The Law Society Will Be There!

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Are you attending the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting being held January 31 – February 1 in Saskatoon?  The Law Society Legal Resources Department is excited to be hosting a booth at the meeting again this year.

Please visit us to learn more about the Law Society and its many programs.  Legal Resources staff will be on hand to tell you about their exciting research services, online resources, and publications. We look forward to talking to you.

Please note that our awesome Law Society Librarians, Ken fox and Alan Kilpatrick, will be presenting a must-see session on legal enhancements at the meeting:


Thursday, January 31, 2018
Time: 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Ignorantia Legis Neminem Excusat. Ignorance excuses no one. Indeed, the public is presumed to know the law. But in today’s world, the law is far too complex to be read out in a public square. It is even too complex for a trained professional to know much more than is required for a limited range of practice. Primary law is now simultaneously more voluminous and more available than ever. The haystacks are planet-sized, and the needles neatly labelled. Are you using a GPS, or an expired atlas? Today, knowing means knowing how to find. So how does one find the law on a particular question? Through legal information enhancements. In this session, the Law Society librarians will provide an account of how critical enhanced legal resources are to locating law for both the public and the legal profession.

Your Mental Health Matters

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In light of Bell Let’s Talk day, the Law Society wants to remind our members that there is always someone available to talk to. LAWYERS CONCERNED FOR LAWYERS provides Saskatchewan lawyers and their family members:

  • CONFIDENTIAL assistance in effectively dealing with problems;
  • The services of an INDEPENDENT professional consultant;
  • Services provided without charge.

For confidential information and assistance, please call Homewood Human Solutions at 1-800-663-1142.

Have you ordered your copy of the Saskatchewan QBRA 2018-2019 yet?

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Have you ordered your copy of the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated yet? In the midst of holiday excitement and transitioning into the new year, it seems easy enough to have forgotten. Don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you. Little red is available in paperback form for $250.00 + tax and can be purchased by filling out an order form and sending it to Interested in a digital copy? Ebook versions are available through Emond Publishing.

Features of the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated 2018-2019 include:

  • Content updated to Saskatchewan Gazette Volume 114, No. 13
  • Case law updated to March 2018
  • Full index, tariff of costs, historical concordance from 1961, tables of cases, statutes and authorities
  • All annotations and updates by Christine Johnston BEd, LLB

Are you going to be at the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting this week? We are too! And we’ll have copies of the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated with us for purchase.

New Newsletter on CanLII – Building Insight: Construction Law from Glaholt LLP

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By Sarah Sutherland; Reposted with permission from the CanLII blog

We are happy to announce the addition of the Glaholt LLP newsletter Building Insight: Construction Law to CanLII’s commentary section, CanLIIDocs.

This quarterly newsletter will provide commentary on Ontario cases focusing on construction-related litigation. You can read the first issue here.

Please join us in thanking the members of Glaholt LLP, especially Andrea Lee, for sharing their expertise and actively contributing to open commentary.