Practice of Law

New Criminal Practice Directives Effective April 1

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From the Court of Queen’s Bench

The Court of Queen’s Bench has updated Practice Directive CRIM–PD#1 concerning the scheduling of pre-trial conferences to reflect that criminal pre-trials will also be conducted in the judicial centres of Estevan, Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Yorkton.  The updated practice directive can be found on the Court’s webpage here.

The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued three new criminal practice directives effective April 1, 2017:

CRIM-PD#3 concerns the safe handling of large or sensitive exhibits;

CRIM-PD#4 sets out a new process and application forms for obtaining a subpoena in a criminal matter; and

CRIM-PD#5 describes which exhibits filed in a criminal matter may be returned after the expiry of the appeal period, and which exhibits will be retained by the Court.

They can be found on the Court’s webpage here.

New Civil Practice Directive

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From the Court of Queen’s Bench

The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new Civil Practice Directive effective April 1, 2017 that sets out template order forms  to be used by Counsel and Bankruptcy Trustees in bankruptcy discharge applications. The new Civil Practice Directive CV-PD #4 can be found on the Court’s website here.

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.