Victor P. Dietz, Q.C. Pro Bono Service Award Nominations Open

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By Carly Romanow
Executive Director & Staff Lawyer

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

For several years Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan and the Law Society of Saskatchewan have jointly presented an award to recognize outstanding pro bono contributions in the province.  With the blessing of Victor P. Dietz, Q.C.’s  family and his friends at Olive Waller Zinkhan & Waller LLP, a decision has been made to name the award in Vic’s honour.  The award will now be the “Victor P. Dietz, Q.C. Pro Bono Service Award”. Vic was a founding Director and the President of PBLS from its inception until 2013 when he retired after serving the maximum number of terms allowed on the Board.  After his retirement from the Board, Vic continued to support PBLS in many ways, including as a mentor to staff, an advisor to the Board, and a donor. Nominations for the award are due January 5, 2018.

New Interjurisdictional Support Order Application Forms

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From Saskatchewan Justice, Family Justice Services Branch

New Interjurisdictional Support Order (ISO) application forms were released October 1, 2017. The updated forms were created based on a uniform model template that will eventually be rolled out in all provinces and territories that have enacted ISO legislation.

Electronic copies of the new forms are available here.

Paper copies of the forms can be obtained from the Family Law Information Centre by contacting 1-888-218-2822 (extension 2).

Until further notice, the older version of the application forms will continue to be accepted by the ISO Unit.

ISC Corporate Registry Updates

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From Information Services Corporation

Information Services Corporation has provided links to a couple of articles regarding Corporate Registry updates that have come into effect recently. The first is regarding returned submissions and the second on enforcement changes:

Expired Returned Corporate Registry Submissions

All Corporate Registry submissions that are returned to customers for correction must be re-submitted and received within 30 days from the date of the returned submission correspondence. If the submission is not received within this 30-day period, it will be considered to have been abandoned/cancelled and will expire.

Corporate Registry Enforcement Changes

Effective October 4, 2017 the Corporate Registry is making changes to the way annual returns and renewals are enforced.

Parenting After Separation and Divorce Program for High Conflict Situations – September Programs

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From Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice

Saskatchewan Family Justice Services offers a Parenting After Separation and Divorce Program for High Conflict Situations. Parents who have attended the regular Parenting After Separation and Divorce Program may benefit from attending this session.

If you are a parent experiencing high conflict with your ex-partner, this 6-hour session will address the following:

  • Reasons for conflict
  • Benefits of lowering the conflict
  • Co-operation vs. parallel parenting
  • Options for parenting when domestic violence is present
  • Effects of high conflict on children
  • How to handle difficult questions your child may ask
  • Resolving blame and guilt

Sessions will be held in:

Regina Saskatoon
September 25, 2017

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

To register, call

1-888-218-2822 or (306) 787-9905

September 14, 2017

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

To register, call

1-877-964-5501 or (306) 964-4401


New Queen’s Bench Practice Directive

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From the Court of Queen’s Bench

The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new practice directive concerning applications made to the Court under The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.  The new Practice Directive (CV-PD#5) comes into effect September 1, 2017 and can be found on the Courts of Saskatchewan website.

Rules of Court Amendments

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From the Court of Queen’s Bench of Saskatchewan

The Court of Queen’s Bench has amended its Rules of Court with respect to the discount rate to be used in calculating the amount of an award for future pecuniary damage, as well as the life expectancy of an individual.  The amendments come into effect on September 1, 2017.  The amendments can be found on the Court’s website.