Announcement

Long-Standing Membership

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We are pleased to acknowledge the following members for their 50-year anniversary of membership with the Law Society of Saskatchewan:

Charles Keith Taylor, Q.C.
Edward Robert Stromberg, Q.C.
Robert Louis Joseph Stevenson
Kenneth Andrew Stevenson, Q.C.
Ronald Earl Shirkey, Q.C.
Cecil Mervin Ozirny
Grant Howard Nerbas
Thomas Bruce Morgan
David George MacKay
Robert Lorne Jamieson, Q.C.
Elwood Rand Burlingham, Q.C.
Mervin William Nidesh, Q.C.

The Law Society wishes to congratulate each of these members on reaching this significant milestone.

CanLII Has a New Look! 👀

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By Alisa Lazear; reblogged with permission from the CanLII Blog 

Thanks to the feedback from our users and the help of the Lexum team, CanLII has undergone a website refresh.

Here are the changes that have been made to improved your experience:

  • On the look and feel side, the font family is now Open Sans, and we chose to stick to only two possible font sizes throughout the site: 14 (body) and 24pts (headers), with the goal of making everything more legible than before. We have also made lists more uniform, using alternative backgrounds, where applicable, as well as columns and filters for ease of navigation.https://www.canlii.org/en/ca/laws/regu/
  • The display of search results has been slightly reorganized and search results now display page length, as can be seen in result number 1 here:

https://www.canlii.org/en/#search/type=decision

  • The document header has been redesigned with similar tabs for legislation and decisions. Each tab shows how many items it contains. These items are presented in alternative background lists that are adapted to their content and purpose.

https://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/doc/2016/2016scc27/2016scc27.html

https://www.canlii.org/en/ca/laws/stat/rsc-1985-c-a-1/latest/rsc-1985-c-a-1.html#regulation

  • The site also has more whitespace to create balance and highlight what matters.

We hope you enjoy these new changes and if you have any thoughts on how we can continue to improve CanLII please let us know!

Saskatchewan Judicial Appointments

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Four judicial appointments in Saskatchewan were announced recently:

  • The Honourable Jeffery Kalmakoff is elevated from the Court of Queen’s Bench to the Court of Appeal;
  • The Honourable Natasha Crooks is elevated from Provincial Court to the Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon;
  • Neil Robertson, a sole practitioner in Regina, is appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in Regina; and
  • Beverly L. Klatt, a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, is appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in Regina.

The swearing-in ceremonies for the Queen’s Bench judges will be as follows:

  • Justice Beverly L. Klatt: Regina Court House on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 3:30 pm
  • Justice Natasha D. Crooks: Saskatoon Court House on Thursday, July 4, 2019, at 3:30 pm
  • Justice D. Neil Robertson: Regina Court House on Friday, July 5, 2019, at 3:30 pm

For more information, please see the federal Department of Justice news release.

Upgraded Publications Centre Launched

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The Government of Saskatchewan’s newly overhauled online Publications Centre has gone live.

The new site offers better access on mobile devices and provides an upgraded user-interface that features better search functionality and an improved online ordering process.

“We’re committed to making it easier for people to access legislation and other important government documents,” Justice Minister and Attorney General, Don Morgan said. “Improving our online resources encourages citizen engagement and increases the public’s access to information, and ultimately, to justice.”

Included among the new features with the launch of the improved website is the ability for users to create a personal account. By logging in, users will be able to manage favourites, view their order status, review their order history and print invoices. Users will continue to be able to download, view, print and order available government documents online.

Publications Centre is a free online service that provides centralized access to all Government of Saskatchewan and related agency publications. One of its key responsibilities is ensuring the public has open access to current and historical government legislation and regulations.

The updated Publications Centre can be found at publications.saskatchewan.ca

CPLED Bar Admission Program Award of Distinction

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The Law Society is pleased to honor each of Alyshea Sparks and Curtis Clavelle with the Award of Distinction. Alyshea and Curtis achieved the highest marks of students registered in the 2018-2019 CPLED Bar Admissions Program.

Alyshea Sparks attended the University of Saskatchewan where she earned her three-year Bachelor of Political Studies degree with Distinction in 2017 and her Juris Doctor with Great Distinction in 2018. While in law school, Aly had the opportunity to attend the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, participate in the Deans Forum on Access to Justice, and compete in the Laskin Moot. Aly is articling with the Ministry of Justice and looks forward to continuing her career in the Regina Public Prosecutions office.

Curtis completed his Juris Doctor of Law with Great Distinction at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Great Distinction as well.  Over the course of his law school career, Curtis earned numerous awards, including the Goldenberg Prize in Taxation, the W.G. Morrow-R.C. Carter Prize in Indian and Aboriginal Law, and the Brad Berg and Brian Rolfes LGBT Rights Scholarship. In addition to these academic achievements, Curtis served as the President of Usask OUTlaws for two years in law school and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and the Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc. (CLASSIC) throughout law school. Curtis is articling with Robertson Stromberg Barristers & Solicitors in Saskatoon where he will continue as an associate in general practice with a focus in family law.

Congratulations to Aly, Curtis and all students who completed the 2018-2019 CPLED program!

Bill 163, The Legal Profession Amendment Act, 2018

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On April 2, 2019, Bill 163, The Legal Profession Amendment Act, 2018, passed third reading. The Law Society is excited to move towards a more modern approach to regulation, and Bill 163 helps us do that. The amendments to the Act pursuant to Bill 163 are multifaceted and will positively impact the regulation of the practice of law and delivery of legal services in Saskatchewan.

The amendments enable the Law Society to implement several good governance measures which provide greater flexibility to control our own processes. Flexibility will allow us to respond more effectively and in a more timely fashion in order to ensure that regulation remains relevant to the provision of legal services as it evolves over time. This includes allowing Benchers to establish any committees they consider necessary, and to develop the supporting practices and procedures of those committees. As well, the regulatory processes relating to a member’s professional responsibility have appropriately shifted from the Act into the Rules. The amendments have also granted us the ability to develop Rules relating to our Board composition and our electoral process. Again, this provides the flexibility to ensure that we are effective, efficient and able to consider the adoption of any governance practices that, from time to time, the Benchers may determine will make us more effective, efficient or reflective to ensure the necessary skills or perspectives exist on the Board.

The Benchers will be discussing governance initiatives at our annual retreat in June. Following that, we will be consulting with the membership to receive feedback on ideas generated during that session.

Finally, as we reported in our January 2019 post, Bill 163 , enables the Law Society to implement the recommendations of the Legal Services Task Team. The Task Team released its final report in August, 2018 and included a number of recommendations on how to improve the regulation and provision of legal services in the province. The recommendations include:

  • providing greater clarity to service providers about what legal services are regulated;
  • expanding the list of exceptions to the prohibition against practicing law to recognize existing service providers;
  • providing the Law Society with licensing authority to allow service providers to practice law with a limited license on a case-by-case basis;
  • modernizing the legislation regulating legal services to provide more flexibility for future developments in this area;
  • creating guidelines to help educate the public about legal services; and
  • conducting pilot projects to help develop and test the recommendations.

The Law Society will implement the recommendations on a principled and incremental basis over time, first beginning with consultation and pilot projects to better inform the development of the regulatory framework that will serve the profession and, ultimately, the public interest.

The amended Act will not be proclaimed until we have completed this process and overhauled the Law Society Rules in accordance with the amendments. We expect this to be completed by the end of 2019.

We will update you as matters progress.