The Honourable Edward D. Bayda
1972 – 1974 Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench
1974 – 1981 Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal
1981 – 2006 Chief Justice of Saskatchewan
Edward D. Bayda was born in Alvena, Saskatchewan in 1931. He attended elementary and high school in Alvena. He finished his high school education at City Park Collegiate Institute in Saskatoon. In 1951, he obtained a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, where he majored in philosophy and political science. In 1953, he graduated cum laude with a Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Bayda articled to Mr. M.A. MacPherson, Q.C. of the firm MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman in Regina. After completing his articles, he practiced primarily as litigation counsel, handling cases at all levels of Court in Saskatchewan and in the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Bayda was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1966. From 1966 until his appointment to the Bench in 1972, he was a senior partner with the firm of Bayda, Halvorson, Scheibel & Thompson.
From 1974-1975, Mr. Bayda served as commissioner for the Vancouver Port Grain Handling Industrial Inquiry. He served as chairman of the Cluff Lake Board of Inquiry from 1977-1978.
In 1989, he received an honourary law degree from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2006, he received an honourary law degree from the University of Regina.
Edward Bayda served as the Chief Justice of Saskatchewan for 25 years, retiring on his 75th birthday in 2006.