Announcement

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.

 

 

 

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.

Chambers Cancellation

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From the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan

Notice to the Legal Profession and to the Public

Chief Justice M.D. Popescul of the Court of Queen’s Bench has cancelled the Court’s regular Civil Chambers on June 7 and Family Law Chambers on June 8 in both Regina and Saskatoon.  All matters that have been set for Chambers in either Regina or Saskatoon on those dates will be adjourned by the Local Registrar to subsequent Chambers dates.  The Local Registrar will notify the applicants and respondents (whose address is known) of the Chambers date to which it has been rescheduled.

Queen’s Bench Criminal Law Practice Directive #4 Amended

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From the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan

The Court of Queen’s Bench has amended its Criminal Law Practice Directive #4 respecting the issuance of subpoenas in criminal matters.   Parties seeking a subpoena must now print on the subpoena a notice to the recipient concerning their choice of oath.   The amended practice directive also clarifies when a Court Order is required to obtain a subpoena addressed to an out of province witness.   The amended subpoena can be found on the Courts’ website. The Court has also cancelled Criminal Law Practice Directive #2 related to Jury trials as the matters addressed in the directive are now addressed in the Criminal Code.

Revised Provincial Court Criminal Division Practice Directives

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From the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Provincial Court would like to advise that three of the Criminal Division Practice Directives have been revised and copies posted to the www.SaskLawCourts.ca website.  The following revised Practice Directives are available in both official languages:

Practice Directive VI – Withdrawal of Counsel

Practice Directive VIII – Charter Applications and Related Matters

Practice Directive X – Safe Handling of Trial and/or Hearing Exhibits

Please note that the Notice to the Profession has also been updated and is also available on the SkLawCourts website.

 

CPD Program Planning Committee – Call for Members

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From Continuing Professional Development, Law Society of Saskatchewan

CPD Program Planning Committee – Call for Members

The Law Society of Saskatchewan is committed to providing continuing professional development opportunities to the profession. The CPD Program Planning Committee will assist the Director of Admissions & Education and the CPD Program Coordinator in the selection of subject matter, presenters, and the organization and delivery of continuing professional development programming.

The Law Society is seeking applications for the CPD Program Planning Committee. Selection for the Committee should be representative of the profession including diversity in practice, geographic location, gender, etc. An interest or experience in education would also be an asset.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 2, 2018. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to the attention of Sarah Rider, CPD Program Coordinator via email to sarah.rider@lawsociety.sk.ca.

 

E.M. Culliton Scholarship

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As a tribute to the former Chief Justice E. M. Culliton, an endowment was established by The Law Society of Saskatchewan to provide that in perpetuity a special scholarship is to be awarded for the pursuit of post-graduate studies in criminal law.

The criteria for the selection of the recipients of the annual scholarship are as follows:

The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student of the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan or to a resident practicing member of The Law Society of Saskatchewan for the pursuit of graduate studies in criminal law at a recognized institution. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic record and research potential, service to the practice of law in Saskatchewan, and such other guidelines as from time to time may be determined appropriate by the committee.

The deadline for applications is May 4, 2018.  For more information on this award, please visit our website.