Practice of Law

Appropriate Dispute Resolution Survey – Last day!

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By Kim Newsham
Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, Ministry of Justice

If you haven’t done this survey yet, today is the last day!

The Ministry of Justice is considering making some form of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mandatory before parties can proceed with a family law application.  ADR could include mediation, collaborative law, and separation/divorce coaching.  Exceptions to the requirement may be needed.  The Ministry has been consulting with stakeholders since August 2016 and continues to do so.  The Ministry is hoping to obtain as much feedback as possible before determining whether to proceed with legislative amendments.  Your participation is critical to the success of this project.  Please consider completing a short survey which is available at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJKBNGV

The survey will be open until February 13th.  Individual survey results will be kept confidential; data will be used in aggregated form only.  If you have any questions about the survey, or if you wish to review the consultation document and provide written comments, please contact Kim Newsham at kim.newsham@gov.sk.ca or at 306-787-5709.

Reminder – Appropriate Dispute Resolution Survey

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By Kim Newsham
Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is considering making some form of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mandatory before parties can proceed with a family law application.  ADR could include mediation, collaborative law, and separation/divorce coaching.  Exceptions to the requirement may be needed.  The Ministry has been consulting with stakeholders since August 2016 and continues to do so.  The Ministry is hoping to obtain as much feedback as possible before determining whether to proceed with legislative amendments.  Your participation is critical to the success of this project.  Please consider completing a short survey which is available at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJKBNGV

The survey will be open until February 13th.  Individual survey results will be kept confidential; data will be used in aggregated form only.  If you have any questions about the survey, or if you wish to review the consultation document and provide written comments, please contact Kim Newsham at kim.newsham@gov.sk.ca or at 306-787-5709.

Appropriate Dispute Resolution Survey

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By Kim Newsham
Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is considering making some form of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mandatory before parties can proceed with a family law application.  ADR could include mediation, collaborative law, and separation/divorce coaching.  Exceptions to the requirement may be needed.  The Ministry has been consulting with stakeholders since August 2016 and continues to do so.  The Ministry is hoping to obtain as much feedback as possible before determining whether to proceed with legislative amendments.  Your participation is critical to the success of this project.  Please consider completing a short survey which is available at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJKBNGV

The survey will be open until January 31, 2017.  Individual survey results will be kept confidential; data will be used in aggregated form only.  If you have any questions about the survey, or if you wish to review the consultation document and provide written comments, please contact Kim Newsham at kim.newsham@gov.sk.ca or at 306-787-5709.

Reminder: Law Society Consultation on Entity Regulation

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entityregBy Barbra Bailey

This is a final reminder to participate in the Law Society’s member consultation on the regulation of legal organizations (“entities”) before the consultation closes this Thursday, June 30th.  To take part, please visit www.lawsocietylistens.ca where you can learn more about the consultation topics and answer the survey questions.  There are three short sets of survey questions in total.

You will first have to register on the top right-hand corner of the site.  It may take a few moments to receive your registration link via email.  Once you have registered, you can submit general questions and written submissions in the “Starting the Dialogue” window and answer the specific survey questions about “Entity Regulation” and “Compliance-based Entity Regulation” by visiting those sections of the website.   You can also provide your input in a very preliminary discussion about “Alternative Business Structures.”

We look forward to hearing from you.

Time’s Running Out: Law Society Consultation on Entity Regulation

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entityregBy Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Saskatchewan lawyers, you have until June 30th to share your opinion on entity regulation!

Driven in part by new technologies, new business models and access to justice concerns, the practice of law, the public demand for legal services and the regulation of the legal profession around the world are changing.  In collaboration with the Law Societies of Alberta and Manitoba, the Law Society of Saskatchewan is consulting with Saskatchewan lawyers to shape the future of regulation and delivery of legal services in our province.

The consultation will focus on what types of organizations (entities) should be regulated by the Law Society.  It will consider an approach where legal organizations are told what outcomes are expected of them, but not how to deliver them, providing the organization with the flexibility and autonomy to achieve the required outcomes.

To take part, please visit www.lawsocietylistens.ca, where you can learn more about the consultation topics and answer the survey questions.  You will first have to register on the top right-hand corner of the site.  It may take a few moments to receive your registration link via email.  Once you have registered, you can submit general questions and written submissions in the “Starting the Dialogue” window and answer the specific survey questions about “Entity Regulation” and “Compliance-based Entity Regulation”by visiting those sections of the website.  You can also provide your input in a very preliminary discussion about “Alternative Business Structures.”

For further information, the site also includes explanatory videos, articles about the consultation topics and Frequently Asked Questions.  The consultation topics were also covered in detail in a formal discussion paper authored by the Prairie law societies in November 2015 which we encourage you to read for further information.

In addition to the information you will find on the site, we are offering further consultation opportunities to engage the greatest number of lawyers possible, including:

  • A free webinarwas presented by Benchers of the Law Society on May 18th. If you missed it, the recorded version still qualifies for 1 ethics CPD hour. To order the recorded version of the webinar, please contact Linda Euteneier (CPD Administrator) at (306) 569-8242 or Linda@lawsociety.sk.ca.
  • A panel discussion was held at our AGMin Saskatoon on June 16th at 4 pm for a face-to-face opportunity to learn about and discuss the issues and share your input.

The consultation website will be open until June 30. We encourage you to visit www.lawsocietylistens.ca to start the dialogue!

NOTE:  If you receive a “Site Block” message, your work place may have a very secure system that requires permission to be granted to access web sites.  Please allow access to the domain name:  www.lawsocietylistens.ca in order to visit our consultation website.

New Locum Lawyer Registry

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Law Society has recently developed a Locum Lawyer Registry, available on our website. A Locum Lawyer is a Saskatchewan lawyer, in good standing with the Law Society, who is willing to make themselves available (for appropriate financial compensation) to provide temporary or limited relief, or practice coverage for other Saskatchewan practitioners who may find themselves in need of some assistance. The services a Locum could be engaged to cover are instances such as holidays for solo practitioners, or extended medical leave. Temporary assistance for major projects or with “catch-up” may also be circumstances in which a Locum  would be helpful.

The website registry also features several useful documents to help with the process such as:

  • Information for Lawyers Seeking Locum Work
  • Tips for Hiring a Locum Lawyer
  • The Contract: Potential Issues and Sample Clauses
  • Ethical Issues and Practice Management
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Technology Preparedness
  • Locum Lawyer Scenarios

If you are interested in providing such a service to your fellow members or are in need of assistance, please visit the registry.