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Queen's Bench Justice Passes
August 8, 2016

It is with deep sadness that the Courts note the passing of the Honourable Noel Sandomirsky, Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan. Sandomirsky was appointed to the Court's Family Law Division in October 2003, and elected supernumerary status in November 2013.

Queen's Bench Amendments to Take Effect in August
June 28, 2016

The Court of Queen's Bench has amended the Rules of Court effective August 1, 2016. The amendments update the family law rules and forms, update the foreclosure rules and forms, and make other changes to the rules of general application, including allowing for an address for service to be anywhere in Canada, and new filing deadlines for objections to expert reports, as well as new deadlines for filing materials for use in Chambers hearings. Details (French version)

Mental Health Court Report Released: Findings Indicate Success
April 14, 2016

Researchers from the University of Regina released their findings on Regina's Mental Health Disposition Court today at Provincial Court. Professor Michelle Stewart, Associate Professor in the Justice Studies Department, said the Court is successfully helping clients connect to community supports. More

Saskatoon Court House Project Complete
Feb. 8, 2016

The renovation and expansion of the Saskatoon Court House is officially complete. The first phase, the construction of a four-storey addition, was complete in the spring of 2014 and brought the Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatoon under one roof by providing space for the Family Law Division. The second and final phase was the renovation and modernization of the original 1958 building. More

2015

Moose Jaw Court House Reopens
Dec. 15, 2015

The province's oldest court house officially reopened today following extensive renovations necessitated by a ceiling collapse in 2013. The court house, originally built in 1909, was restored to highlight the heritage aspect of the building, using traditional finishes and techniques such as lath and plaster. More 

Court of Appeal Permits Media Application for Camera in Courtroom
Nov. 20, 2015

The Court of Appeal granted a request from CTV News Saskatoon and Global Saskatoon to place a camera in the courtroom to record and broadcast the appeal hearing for Douglas Hales on Nov. 23, 2015. This is the first time a camera has been permitted to record court proceedings in a Saskatchewan courtroom. Read the Fiat.

New Provincial Court Judge Appointed in Prince Albert
Nov. 13, 2015

The Honourable Steven Schiefner has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in Prince Albert. Judge Schiefner graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a law degree in 1994. He has worked in both private practice and in the public sector. He was City Solicitor for the City of Moose Jaw for several years, and most recently was the Vice-Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, to which he was appointed in 2008.  He replaces Judge Morris Baniak, who will transfer to Saskatoon. More

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Court in Saskatoon
July 24, 2015

The Honourable Vanessa M. Enweani has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Judge Enweani started her law career with MacPherson Leslie and Tyerman in Saskatoon after graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a law degree in 1993. She focused on civil litigation, and became partner in 2009. Judge Enweani is active in the community and has served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Saskatoon Royal University Hospital Foundation's Board of Directors. She replaces Judge Daryl Labach, who was recently appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan. More

La Ronge and Area Court Proceedings, Week of July 20, 2015
July 17, 2015

With the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order, La Ronge and area Provincial Court matters are expected to return to normal next week. Please see this updated Notice to Court Users for further information

Meadow Lake and La Ronge Area Court Proceedings Update
July 15, 2015

Forest fires continue to affect La Ronge and area court proceedings. Meadow Lake Provincial Court has also made arrangements for court matters in the event fire affects communities where circuit court sittings are scheduled. Please see this Notice to Court Users for further information.

La Ronge and Area Court Proceedings, Week of July 13, 2015
July 9, 2015

Due to the forest fires, there will be changes to the regular court proceedings for La Ronge Provincial Court and the outlying communities served by the La Ronge Court next week. Please see this updated Notice to Court Users for further details.

La Ronge Court Proceedings Held in Prince Albert Temporarily
July 6, 2015

Due to the forest fires, regular court proceedings for La Ronge Provincial Court and the outlying communities served by the La Ronge Court will be held out of Prince Albert Provincial Court until further notice. Where possible the affected communities will be connected to Prince Albert by either phone or videoconference link. Please see the Notice to Court Users for further details.  

Two Judges Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatoon and Regina
June 19, 2015

The Honourable Daryl E. Labach has been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, while the Honourable Gary A.T. Meschishnick has been appointed to the Court in Regina. Justice Labach, previously a judge of the Provincial Court, will fill the vacancy in the Family Law Division left by Madam Justice Ysanne Wilkinson, who elected supernumerary status. Justice Meschishnick will fill the vacancy left by Mr. Justice Fred Kovach, who also elected supernumerary status. More

New Judge Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench in Regina
May 28, 2015

The Honourable Jeffery D. Kalmakoff has been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan in Regina. Justice Kalmakoff was appointed to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in 2009. Prior to his appointment, he'd worked as a Crown prosecutor for almost 15 years. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 1993 and was admitted to the Bar in 1994. He replaces Justice Dennis Ball, who elected supernumerary status. More

New Name for Notices Page
April 1, 2015

Effective immediately, the Notices to the Profession page on this website has been renamed Notices to Court Users. This change more accurately reflects the nature of the communications directives on the page. Go to Notices to Court Users page.

2014

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Court in Wynyard
Dec. 19, 2014

The Honourable Michelle Marquette has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in Wynyard. Judge Marquette has practiced law for 20 years, after graduating with distinction from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan. She established a sole practice in Wadena in 2006, which she has operated ever since. Judge Marquette's legal experience encompasses family, criminal and corporate law, civil litigation, wills and estates, and real estate transactions. She replaces Judge James Plemel, who will become Chief Judge of the Provincial Court January 1, 2015. More

Provincial Court Publishes Next Available Trial Date Report
Nov. 24, 2014

The Provincial Court’s Next Available Trial Date Report is now being made available online. The Report will be updated every three months and shows the number of days a person must wait to set a regular trial or preliminary hearing date at each of the Provincial Court locations. The Report will assist people who require court time in Provincial Court, for either civil or criminal matters, to know approximately when they are likely to be able to book that court time in a particular location.  See the Report

Provincial Court Publishes First Biennial Report
Nov. 17, 2014

The Provincial Court of Saskatchewan has published its first-ever Biennial Report. The report covers the time period of January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, and provides a snapshot of the Court’s work, including its jurisdiction, its judges, and its locations. Using both statistics and narrative, the report will help readers to better understand the depth and breadth of the work of the Provincial Court. Read the Report.

Former Chief Justice of Court of Queen's Bench Passes
Nov. 10, 2014

It is with great sadness that the Courts note the death of the Honourable Frank Gerein, former Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench. Gerein was appointed to District Court in 1980, and joined the Court of Queen's Bench the following year when the two courts merged. He retired earlier this year after sitting for more than three decades. He was Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench from 2000 to 2005. Gerein died Sunday, November 9.

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Court in Saskatoon
Oct. 17, 2014

The Honourable Sanjeev Anand has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Judge Anand was most recently the Dean of the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 1993 and later completed a Master of Laws and a PhD in Law, as well. Judge Anand began his career in Legal Aid, and has worked as a Crown Prosecutor in Edmonton and as counsel in the Criminal Appeals Division for Alberta Justice. He taught law at both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta. Judge Anand replaces Judge Sheila Whelan, who retired in September. More

Chief Judges visit northern communities
Sept. 5, 2014

The Chief Judges of the province’s three courts recently completed a three-day tour of Saskatchewan’s North, stopping in several communities to meet with local leaders. Chief Justice of Saskatchewan Robert Richards, Chief Justice Martel Popescul of the Court of Queen’s Bench, and Chief Judge Carol Snell of the Provincial Court were accompanied by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Gordon Wyant and Deputy Minister of Justice Kevin Fenwick, along with several Ministry officials. The group stopped in Wollaston Lake, Stony Rapids, La Loche, Buffalo Narrows, Ile à la Crosse and Meadow Lake. The tour gave the judges and the government officials a first-hand opportunity to see court in action in the northern communities. As well, they were able to hear directly from community leaders about the concerns and challenges related to the administration of justice in the North.

New Chief Judge appointed to Provincial Court
Aug. 6, 2014

The Honourable James A. Plemel was appointed Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan today. Judge Plemel will replace current Chief Judge Carol Snell, whose seven-year term as Chief ends December 31, 2014. Judge Plemel has served as a judge of the Provincial Court of Queen's Bench since 2009. More

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Court in North Battleford
July 21, 2014

The Honourable Bruce Bauer has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in North Battleford. Judge Bauer has worked as a prosecutor since he was called to the Bar in 1980. He has worked with the provincial Ministry of Justice as a Senior Crown Prosecutor and also for the federal government as Senior Counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. In addition, he has supervised employees throughout the province and mentored junior prosecutors. He has also been active in community soccer in Saskatoon. Judge Bauer replaces Judge Kaiser, who is retiring. More

New Judge Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench in Yorkton
June 13, 2014

The Honourable Donald H. Layh has been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan in Yorkton. Justice Layh is a member of both the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Bars and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2005. Justice Layh practised with Robertson Stromberg in Saskatoon before establishing Layh & Associates in Langenburg. He developed a broad general practice, with specialized areas of expertise in the area of debtor-creditor, personal property law, bankruptcy and insolvency law. Justice Layh has chaired the Saskatchewan Law Reform Commission since 2010. He has been an instructor of the Bar Admission Course and associate professor at the College of Law, as well as writing numerous legal articles and textbooks. He replaces Justice J.L.G. Pritchard, who elected to become a supernumerary judge in June 2013. More

New Judge Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench, Family Law Division
May 12, 2014

The Honourable Darryl J. Brown has been appointed a judge of the Family Law Division of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan in Regina. Justice Brown has been a lawyer with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice since 1989. He began as Crown Counsel in the Civil Law Division and, more recently, was the coordinator of the Civil Litigation Section, a position he held since 2008. Justice Brown was a member of the Court of Queen's Bench Rules Revision Committee, and has been a speaker for the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers' Association. He replaces Justice D.E.W. McIntyre, who elected to become a supernumerary judge in February 2014. More

New Judge Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench, Family Law Division
April 11, 2014

The Honourable Gwendolyn V. Goebel has been appointed a judge of the Family Law Division of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Prior to her appointment, Justice Goebel was a lawyer with Robertson Stromberg in Saskatoon. Her main practice focus was family law and collaborative family law. Justice Goebel has represented the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, Family Law National Section, since 2008. She replaces Justice J.A. Ryan-Froslie, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan in November 2013. More

Two New Judges Appointed to Provincial Court
March 28, 2014

The Honourable Byron Wright and The Honourable Lane Wiegers have been appointed as judges of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan. Judge Wiegers is appointed to Estevan, replacing Judge Karl Baziin, who will transfer to Swift Current. Judge Wiegers has appeared at all levels of court in his 22 years as a prosecutor. At the time of his appointment, he was the Director of Prosecutors with the Ministry of Justice. Judge Wright is appointed to Saskatoon, replacing Associate Chief Judge Marty Irwin, who retires April 1, 2014. Judge Wright has 27 years of experience as a criminal defence lawyer and prosecutor. Prior to his appointment, he was Associate Chief Federal Prosecutor for Saskatchewan.

More on Judge Wiegers' appointment.
More on Judge Wright's' appointment.

New Judge Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench, Family Law Division
March 7, 2014

The Honourable Michael T. Megaw has been appointed a judge of the Family Law Division of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan in Regina. Prior to his appointment, Justice Megaw practiced with Gerrand Rath Johnson in Regina. His main areas of practice were civil litigation, family law, criminal law and employment law. Justice Megaw was a Bencher with the Law Society of Saskatchewan, serving as Chair of its Ethics Committee and Conduct Investigation Committee. He replaces Justice N.S. Sandomirsky, who elected to become a supernumerary judge in November 2013. More

Second New Judge Appointed in Meadow Lake
Feb. 28, 2014

The Honourable Miguel Martinez has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Meadow Lake. Judge Martinez has been a lawyer for more than 30 years, beginning his practice in Weyburn and Carlyle with the MacDonald, Dawson and Fabian law firm. After moving to Lloydminster in 1989, Judge Martinez became the managing partner for the Martinez, Meunier, and Sholter law firm in 1996. He has represented individuals and small businesses at all levels of court in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. Judge Martinez replaces Judge E. Kalenith who is transferring to Prince Albert to fill a vacancy there. More

New Judge Appointed in Meadow Lake
Feb. 14, 2014

The Honourable Janet McIvor has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Meadow Lake. Judge McIvor was most recently a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice, working in both Meadow Lake and Saskatoon for the past 17 years. She has practiced law for more than 20 years, being called to the Bar in 1988. Judge McIvor began her career with Pederson, Rourke and Pinch law firm in Saskatoon, and then, iin 1990, began working for Saskatoon Legal Aid, appearing at all three levels of court on criminal and family law matters. More

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2013

Provincial Court Judge Passes
Dec. 20, 2013

It is with great sadness that the Courts note the sudden death of the Honourable William R. Campbell, judge of the Provincial Court in Meadow Lake. Judge Campbell died Dec. 19, 2013. He had been appointed a Provincial Court judge in October 2012, after a legal career that included more than 20 years with the Public Prosecutions Division of the Ministry of Justice.

New Judge Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench, Family Law Division
Dec. 18, 2013

The Honourable Jerome A. Tholl has been appointed a judge of the Family Law Division of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan in Regina. Prior to his appointment, Justice Tholl had been a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice and Attorney General since 2010. Before that, he was counsel with the Civil Law Division Litigation Unit and the Public Prosecutions Division. Mr. Justice Tholl replaces Justice G.M. Kraus, who elected to become a supernumerary judge in September. More

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Court
Nov. 29, 2013

The Honourable Patrick Anthony Reis has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Yorkton. Judge Reis has practiced law for nearly 30 years, being called to the Bar in 1984. Most of his career has been with Legal Aid in Regina. He was a Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2012, sitting on several committees. He has also been a mentor to law students and young lawyers, as well as an active volunteer in the community, coaching hockey and baseball. Judge Reis replaces Justice Darin Chow, who was recently appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench Family Law Division in Regina. More

New Court of Appeal justice to be sworn in
Nov. 29, 2013

The Honourable Jacelyn Ryan-Froslie will swear her Oath of Office as a justice of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan today (Friday, November 29) at 3:30 p.m. in courtroom #1, 520 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon. Members of the Saskatoon Bar are invited to attend the ceremony.

New Judges Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench, Family Law Division
Nov. 8, 2013

The Honourable Darin C. Chow and the Honourable Lyle W. Zuk have been appointed judges of the Family Law Division of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan. Justice Chow is appointed in Regina, while Justice Zuk is appointed in Prince Albert. Mr. Justice Chow was appointed to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in 2012. Prior to that, he was a partner with Chow McLeod (formerly Chow & Company) in Moose Jaw. He replaces Justice D.L. Wilson, who transferred to Saskatoon to replace Justice M.E. Wright, who retired on August 31, 2013. At the time of his appointment, Mr. Justice Zuk was a lawyer with Wilcox Zuk Chovin Law Offices in Prince Albert. He replaces Justice R.D. Maher, who elected to become a supernumerary judge August 5, 2013. More

New Judge Appointed to Court of Appeal
Nov. 8, 2013

The Honourable Jacelyn A. Ryan-Froslie has been appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. Madam Justice Ryan-Froslie was previously a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan, Family Law Division, in Saskatoon. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan and was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1978. Prior to her appointment to Queen's Bench in 2000, she was a partner with Anderson & Company of Swift Current. She replaces Madam Justice G.A. Smith, who retired on Dec. 1, 2012. More

Moose Jaw Queen's Bench Moves to Temporary Location
Sept. 26, 2013

Moose Jaw's Court of Queen's Bench will begin accepting filing for Monday's Chambers on Friday afternoon (Sept. 27) in its temporary location on the lower level of the W.G. Davies building, 110 Ominica Street West. The office will officially re-open Monday morning (Sept. 30) and Chambers will take place that afternoon as scheduled. Chambers will take place in conference room #2 on the lower level at 1:30 p.m. Phone and fax numbers for the office remain the same.

Moose Jaw Queen's Bench Temporarily Suspends Court Services
Sept. 23, 2013

Court services at the Court of Queen's Bench Moose Jaw Judicial Centre are temporarily suspended while staff members work to relocate the office, following damage to a ceiling in the court house over the weekend. The office is closed and will re-open later this week in a temporary office across the street at 110 Ominica Street West, in the basement of the building that houses Provincial Court. Registry staff appreciate the public's patience during this time and are working hard to minimize the length and extent of the disruption. See News Release.

Saskatoon Domestic Violence Court Celebrates Success
Sept. 20, 2013

Saskatoon's Domestic Violence Court celebrated eight years of successful operation. The treatment court - the result of a collaboration between justice, health and community services and agencies - provides early treatment for offenders and support for victims of domestic violence. The program was implemented in 2005 and has continued to grow since then. In 2011-12, approximately 1000 accused were referred to the Saskatoon Domestic Violence Court and more than 750 received victim services and supports. More

Judicial District Boundaries Revised
September 16, 2013

Following the closure of the Judicial Centre of Wynyard, boundaries surrounding the Judicial Centres of Regina, Yorkton and Melfort have been revised. A portion of the former Wynyard Judicial District, including the communities of Rose Valley and Kelvington, has been amalgamated into the Melfort Judicial District. A portion including the Poor Man, Day Star, Gordon and Muskoweskwan First Nation Reserves has been amalgamated into the Judicial District of Regina. The remaining areas, including the City of Wynyard, are now part of the Yorkton Judicial District. A revised map is available from Information Services Corporation.

Courts Implement Electronic Notification System
September 3, 2013

Saskatchewan’s courts have launched an electronic system to provide notification to the media in the event of an application for a discretionary publication ban. The system permits interested media outlets and/or representatives to sign up via the Saskatchewan Law Courts website. Once signed up, these outlets and/or representatives will receive an email notification when an application is made for a discretionary publication ban in the Court of Appeal, the Court of Queen’s Bench or Provincial Court.

Only discretionary bans will be dealt with using this system. Mandatory publication bans will be dealt with by the presiding judge in the usual fashion. It’s expected that the notification tool will improve the media’s ability to respond to such applications in the manner they deem appropriate, while fulfilling the courts’ commitment to the open, transparent administration of justice.

For more information, see the Notices to the Profession page for a general Practice Directive. For matters in the Court of Queen’s Bench, please see that Court's General Application Practice Directive #3.

Media representatives interested in receiving the notifications must sign up on this website. At the top of the page is a space to enter a name and email address to subscribe to the alerts. Parties seeking a discretionary publication ban must complete the electronic application found on the same page. All information below the Apply for a Discretionary Publication Ban subhead must be completed. You will receive a copy of the application by email.

Queen's Bench Issues New Practice Directives, Replacing Earlier Versions
July 1, 2013

In conjunction with the coming into force of the new Court of Queen's Bench Rules of Court, all previous Practice Directives for the Court have been cancelled. New Practice Directives have been issued and are grouped into four categories: General Application, Criminal, Civil and Family. See the new Practice Directives here.

New Court of Queen's Bench Rules Take Effect July 1st
June 28, 2013

The new Court of Queen's Bench Rules of Court and Forms come into effect on July 1, 2013, fully replacing the Rules of Court and Forms that were in effect prior to July 1, 2013. The new rules and forms will be housed - in both English and French - on the Queen's Printer website, where they can be downloaded for free.

New appointment to the Court of Queen's Bench
June 7, 2013

The Honourable Richard W. Elson has been appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan to replace Mr. Justice Peter A. Whitmore, who has been appointed to the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. Justice Elson received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba in 1980. He was called to the Bar of Manitoba in 1981 and to the Bar of Saskatchewan the following year. Justice Elson has been a partner with McKercher LLP since 1989 and has appeared before all of the courts in Saskatchewan. More

Whitmore appointed to Court of Appeal
June 7, 2013

The Honourable Peter A. Whitmore, a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan, has been appointed to the Court of Appeal to replace the Hon. Mr. Justice Robert G. Richards, who will become Chief Justice of Saskatchewan on June 30, 2013. Justice Whitmore was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench in Regina in 2008. Prior to that, he'd been a partner with McKercher McKercher & Whitmore LLP since 1989. The appointment takes effect June 30, 2013. More

New Chief Justice of Saskatchewan appointed
June 7, 2013

The Honourable Robert G. Richards, a judge of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan, has been appointed Chief Justice of Saskatchewan, effective June 30, 2013. He will replace Chief Justice John Klebuc, who has elected supernumerary status that same day. More

La Ronge circuit points change
May 21, 2013

Effective July 1, 2013, the La Ronge circuit schedule will discontinue sitting in Stony Rapids, and Court will instead be conducted in Black Lake. The change is meant to improve access to justice for a large number of people from Black Lake who are appearing in Stony Rapids. The Black Lake First Nation's new Band Hall, 118 Allsaints Street, will serve as the court facility.

New Provincial Court judge appointed to Melfort
April 26, 2013

The Honourable James Rybchuk has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Melfort. Judge Rybchuk graduated from the University of Saskatchewan's College of Law in 1994 and was called to the Bar in 1995. He joined the McDougall Gauley law firm in Regina and spent his entire career there, becoming a partner in 2005. He received a Queen's Counsel designation in 2008. In addition to his work at the law firm, Judge Rybchuk was an adjunct professor of law for 10 years in the faculty of Business Administration at the University of Regina. As well, he obtained his Chartered Professional Director designation from the Directors College at McMaster University, where he has also served as a faculty lecturer. Judge Rybchuk replaces Judge Barry Morgan, who is transferring to Saskatoon. More

New Provincial Court judge appointed in Saskatoon
April 18, 2013

The Honourable Shannon Metivier has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Saskatoon. Judge Metivier has spent her career with McKercher LLP, becoming a partner in 2003. She has practiced extensively in the area of civil litigation and has a wealth of trial experience, appearing before all three levels of court in the province. Judge Metivier graduated from the University of Saskatchewan's College of Law in 1992 and was called to the Bar in 1993. She has served on a variety of boards in the community and is a mentor to law students through the Canadian Bar Association's mentorship program. Judge Metivier will replace Judge Bria Huculuk, who is retiring from the Court. More

Provincial Court judge appointed in Regina
Feb. 28, 2013

The Honourable Kevin A. Lang has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Regina. Judge Lang joined the McDougall Gauley law firm shortly after being called to the Bar in 1990. He became a partner in the firm in 1996 and has practiced in the areas of litigation and corporate/commercial law. Judge Lang is a current board member and past president of Regina Palliative Care Inc./Greystone Bereavement Centre. He's also been involved with Habitat for Humanity, the University of Regina Building Dreams and Futures campaign and both Grey Cup hosting committees. Judge Lang will replace Judge Darryl Bogdasavich, who is retiring from the Court. More

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2012

New Provincial Court judge appointed in Regina
Dec. 14, 2012

The Honourable Paul Demong has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Regina. Judge Demong has been with Saskatchewan Government Insurance since 1992, first as a lawyer, then senior counsel and, most recently, Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining SGI, he was an associate for the law firms of Whitmore and Company and Rendek McCrank. Judge Demong was admitted to the Bar in Saskatchewan in 1987 and Alberta in 1999. He has significant civil litigation experience and has been a frequent presenter to the Saskatchewan Bar. More

Judges and communities consider FASD response
Nov. 16, 2012

Provincial Court judges are among 400 participants meeting in 12 communities across Saskatchewan today to develop local strategies to deal with individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) involved in the justice system. Other participants include Crown prosecutors, Legal Aid, police, probation officers, victim services staff, aboriginal court workers, community organizations and Social Services, Health, Corrections and Justice Ministry staff.

The event begins with a presentation by a lawyer from Manitoba who works exclusively with youth who have FASD. The presentation will be broadcast to 12 Provincial Court Houses in the morning using the videoconferencing capabilities of the Court. In the afternoon, local groups will work together to discuss available resources and identify gaps in how their community deals with people who have FASD or other cognitive disabilities.

Generally considered the most common cause of preventable developmental disability in Canada, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is caused by an individual’s mother drinking during pregnancy. The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates about 1 per cent of the population is living with FASD.

New Provincial Court judge appointed in Meadow Lake
Oct. 28, 2012

The Honourable William Campbell has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Meadow Lake, replacing the Honourable Jeremy Nightingale, who is retiring. Judge Campbell has been in the Public Prosecutions Division of the Ministry of Justice for 20 years, serving as a Regional Crown Prosecutor and, most recently, Director of the High Risk Offender Unit. Until his appointment, he was the National Flagging System Co-ordinator for Saskatchewan, one of 15 co-ordinators across the country responsible for managing high risk violent offender prosecutions. Judge Campbell's 27-year legal career has included civil, family and criminal law experience. More

New Queen's Bench Justice appointed
Oct. 5, 2012

The Honourable Lana L. Krogan-Stevely has been appointed a Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan, replacing the Honourable Mr. Justice T.C. Zarzeczny, who elected supernumerary status as of Sept. 1, 2012. Justice Krogan-Stevely has held various positions with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice since starting in 2003, including her most recent position as Executive Director of Court Services. Prior to joining the Ministry, Justice Krogan-Stevely was a lawyer with MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP, where her main area of practice was criminal law. She was a Bencher for the Law Society of Saskatchewan from 2000 to 2006, Chair and Board member of the Regina Region RCMP Victim Services Program from 2003 to 2006 and a lecturer at numerous conferences for the Canadian Police College, the University of Saskatchewan College of law and the RCMP Cadet Training Program from 1997 to 2010. More

New Provincial Court judge appointed in La Ronge
Sept. 28, 2012

The Honourable Robert Lane, Q.C., has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for La Ronge, replacing the Honourable Felicia Daunt, who will transfer to the Provincial Court in Prince Albert. Judge Lane has been in the Public Prosecutions Division of the Ministry of Justice since 2004, first as a Senior Crown Prosecutor and, more recently, as Regional Crown Prosecutor. Prior to joining Prosecutions, Judge Lane was managing partner in the Bradley and Lane law firm in Shellbrook. A long-time member of the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Judge Lane's 33-year legal career has focused on criminal law in central and northern Saskatchewan. More

Nipawin Provincial Court Renovations
Sept. 25, 2012

Nipawin Provincial Court will undergo renovations during the months of October and November. Starting Oct. 17, 2012, and continuing until tentative completion of renovations on Nov. 14, 2012, Provincial Court matters will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 328-1st Avenue East, Nipawin.

Courts to allow media to 'Tweet'
Aug. 16, 2012

Effective Sept. 10, 2012, the Court of Appeal, the Court of Queen's Bench and the Provincial Court will permit accredited journalists to transmit and receive 'Tweets' and other forms of text from courtrooms across the province, as long as the interaction does not disrupt court. A separate policy already permits legal counsel to similarly transmit and receive text messages. Individual judges may still use their discretion to prohibit such transmissions on a case-by-case basis. The interim protocol will be reviewed when the Canadian Judicial Council's Technology Committee, which is considering the matter, issues its recommendations. See a copy of the protocol here. See the Courts' Electronic and Wireless Devices Policy here. Media representatives seeking appropriate identification can contact the Courts Communications Officer, 306-787-9602, for more information.

Queen's Bench amends Rules
Aug. 14, 2012

The Court of Queen's Bench passed amendments to The Queen's Bench Rules at its June en banc to comply with The Enforcement of Money Judgments Act (EMJA), which came into force May 28, 2012. The amendments include deleting rules pertaining to writs of execution in Part Thirty, deleting equitable execution and receivership in Part Thirty-three and deleting "judgment creditor" from Rule 383, all of which are now provided for in the EMJA. Notice

New Queen's Bench Justice appointed
June 25, 2012

The Honourable F. Neil Turcotte has been appointed a judge of the Family Division, Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatoon. He will replace Mr. Justice R.S. Smith, who transferred to the General Division June 19, 2012. Justice Turcotte was most recently a partner with MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP, where he'd worked as a lawyer since 1999. Prior to that, he was a partner with the firm Cuelenaere Kendall Katzman & Watson from 1990 to 1999. His main practice areas were wills, estates and civil litigation, and he has a recognized expertise in family law. Justice Turcotte has been chair of the French Juristes section of the Canadian Bar Association in Saskatchewan. As well, he's been involved as a member and board member of the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association and the l'Association des juristes d'expression francaise. More

Provincial Court issues Practice Directives
June 19, 2012

The Provincial Court has prepared a series of Practice Directives to help standardize certain proceedings in its criminal courts. The Practice Directives, developed by a committee including judges and members of the bar who practice in Provincial Court, will come into force Sept. 4, 2012. Read the Notice to the Profession, or review the Practice Directives here.

Queen's Bench postpones Rules implementation
June 14, 2012

The Court of Queen's Bench resolved at the Court's recent en banc meeting that the entire Revised Queen's Bench Rules will come into force on July 1, 2013. The delay will permit the revised Rules to be fully translated into French. Notice

Weyburn Court House Reopens
June 11, 2012

Effective June 18, the Weyburn Court House will reopen after its renovations. Phone and fax numbers will remain the same, however, court documents, correspondence, notices and tickets should reflect the new address: 301 Prairie Avenue, Weyburn, SK, S4H 0L4. Work on the Court House started in the spring of 2009 and was just recently completed. More.

New criminal pre-trial procedures for Prince Albert and Melfort
June 1, 2012

The Court of Queen's Bench will begin a pilot project for criminal pre-trials in the Judicial Centres of Prince Albert and Melfort. Commencing September 2012, criminal pre-trials in those Judicial Centres will be held in Prince Albert on fixed dates throughout the next court year. Pre-trials will be scheduled approximately every six weeks. See the Notice to the Profession here here.

New Provincial Court judge appointed
May 4, 2012

The Honourable Darin Clayton Chow, Q.C., has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Yorkton, replacing the Honourable Brent Klause, who will transfer to the Provincial Court in Saskatoon when a vacancy arises. Judge Chow was a partner in Chow McLeod, formerly Chow & Company in Moose Jaw. Judge Chow has experience in criminal defence and family law, and he has presided over three Coroner's Inquests. He has participated in various professional associations throughout his career, including the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association. As well, he's been actively involved in many community organizations and has been elected twice to Moose Jaw City Council. More

New Queen's Bench Justice appointed
April 9, 2012

The Honourable Brian Barrington-Foote has been appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench in Regina. He will fill the vacancy left by Justice E.J. Gunn, who elected supernumerary status in September 2011. Justice Barrington-Foote has been a partner with MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP for the past 10 years, and before that was a partner with McKercher McKercher & Whitmore in Regina. He also served as Deputy Minister and Deputy Attorney General of Saskatchewan Justice from 1987 to 1992. More

Court of Appeal implements mandatory electronic filing
March 19, 2012

The Court of Appeal will be implementing mandatory electronic filing of documents relating to appeals through eCourt effective April 2, 2012. This will result in changes to existing Civil Practice Directive No. 3 and to the creation of a new criminal practice directive on electronic filing. The English version of the revised Civil Practice Directive No. 3 is available for review here. The new Criminal Practice Directive No. 6 is available for review here.

Meadow Lake Court House wins award
March 7, 2012

The Meadow Lake Court House, which opened in November 2010, received an Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects' Academy of Architecture for Justice in Washington, D.C. The award is a result of the Academy's annual 2011 Justice Facilities Review (JFR). According to its website, the Justice Facilities Review documents best practices in planning and design for justice architecture. Functionality and community impact, sustainability and economic feasibility, as well as aesthetic achievements are considered essential elements for identifying the success of these projects. The JFR jury is composed of three architects, as well as three professionals from the fields of courts, detention/corrections and law enforcement, since how the building works is as important as how it appears.

New Provincial Court judge appointed
March 5, 2012

The Honourable Inez J. Cardinal, Q.C., has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Melfort. She will sit temporarily in Meadow Lake until November 2012, when she will sit permanently in Melfort, replacing the Honourable Lorna Dyck, who will be transferring to the Provincial Court in North Battleford. Judge Cardinal has worked for Public Prosecutions with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General since 1991, working out of the Saskatoon and La Ronge offices. Judge Cardinal has been a sessional lecturer at the Northern Campus of the First Nations University of Canada in Prince Albert, and an active member of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. More

Queen's Bench approves protocol for multi-jurisdictional actions
Jan. 5, 2012

The Court of Queen's Bench has approved the Protocol for the Management of Multi-Jurisdictional Actions. The Protocol was developed by the Canadian Bar Association Task Force on Class Actions and recently approved by the Canadian Judicial Council. The Protocol consists of Notice of Obligations set out in paragraphs 3 to 6, and a Settlement Approval Protocol set out in paragraphs 7 to 14. Section 2 of the Protocol sets out the procedure for determining whether the Protocol will be applied in whole or in part in any one action. More

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2011

New Chief Justice appointed to Queen's Bench
Dec. 19, 2011

The Honourable Martel D. Popescul was appointed Chief Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench Friday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Mr. Justice Popescul will replace current Chief Justice R.D. Laing, who has elected supernumerary status, effective January 1, 2012. Mr. Justice Popescul has served as a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench since 2006. More

Commission seeks submissions on federally appointed judges' benefits and compensation
Dec. 12, 2011

The Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission inquires every four years into the adequacy of the salaries and other amounts payable to federally-appointed judges. The Commission invites parties to forward electronic submissions by January 16, 2012. More

Court of Appeal approves Certificate of Service
Nov. 15, 2011

The Court of Appeal has approved the use of a certificate of service as an alternative method of proving service. The Civil Practice Directive will come into effect January 1, 2012, and will provide a means for counsel to prove service where they may be unable to obtain and file an acknowledgement of service within the required time period. The initiative arose out of a request from members of the appellate bar and should be particularly useful in facilitating the electronic filing of notices of appeal through the eCourt portal. See a copy of Civil Practice Directive No. 5 here.

New appointment to Court of Queen's Bench
Oct. 13, 2011

The Honourable Richard W. Danyliuk has been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of Saskatchewan. Mr. Justice Danyliuk was most recently a partner with McDougall Gauley LLP in Saskatoon. Justice Danyliuk has been a sessional and guest lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, and instructed the Bar Admission Course from 2006 to 2009. He was President of the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2008 and a Bencher from 2004 to 2009. More

Court of Queen's Bench appoints new Registrar in Bankruptcy
Oct. 13, 2011

Elaine Thompson has been appointed Registrar in Bankruptcy for the Court of Queen's Bench of Saskatchewan, effective October 17. More

Court of Queen's Bench appoints new Registrar
Oct. 1, 2011

Jennifer Fabian has been appointed Registrar and Executive Legal Officer for the Court of Queen's Bench of Saskatchewan, effective October 1, 2011. More

Court of Appeal eCourt Training
July 25, 2011

The Court of Appeal will be offering e-filing training sessions in Saskatoon, Regina, Estevan, Weyburn, Yorkton and Swift Current. More

Court of Appeal appoints new Registrar
June 22, 2011

Melanie Baldwin has been appointed Registrar and Executive Legal Officer for the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, effective July 1, 2011. More

Court of Appeal seeks feedback on change
June 10, 2011

The Court of Appeal is seeking comments from Saskatchewan's legal community on proposed Civil Practice Directive No. 5 - Proof of Service. When adopted, the change would allow counsel to file a "certificate of service" in satisfaction of any proof of service requirement and in lieu of filing an acknowledgement of service. Deadline for feedback is Aug. 31, 2011. Review the proposed Practice Directive here.

Queen's Bench Approves Videoconferencing Protocol
May 24, 2011

The Court of Queen's Bench has approved a Protocol for the Use of Videoconferencing in the Court of Queen's Bench, effective June 1, 2011. See a copy of the Protocol here.

Queen's Bench Approves Family Service Practice Directive
May 11, 2011

The Court of Queen's Bench has approved the use of new forms, practices and procedures for Family Service proceedings in the Judicial Centres of Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, effective June 1, 2011. The changes are designed to standardize, streamline and improve practice in proceedings under The Child and Family Services Act. See a copy of Practice Directive No. 9 here.

Court of Appeal Fee Changes
April 8, 2011

The Court of Appeal implemented a new electronic filing and case management system during the 2010-11 fiscal year. This new system automates many of the court's procedures and provides a presence to the public, legal counsel and litigants through the internet and a public portal enabling all litigants to complete and file court documents electronically. The fee changes introduced April 1, 2011, update the fees for existing services and reflect new services provided through the e-court system. See a copy of the updated fees here.

New Summary Conviction Appeal Rules
March 17, 2011

The Court of Queen's Bench has approved new Summary Conviction Appeal Rules which will take effect April 1, 2011. Members interested in reviewing the rules can do so here.

New Provincial Court judge appointed
March 14, 2011

The Honourable Karl Patrick Bazin, Q.C., has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Estevan. He replaces the Honourable Jeffrey Kalmakoff, who is transferring to the Provincial Court in Regina. Judge Bazin has been a partner in the MacBean Tessem law firm in Swift Current since 1987. He has experience in civil, criminal and family law, and has been active in professional associations including the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Saskatchewan. He has also been an active volunteer with a number of community organizations. More

Two appointed to Court of Queen's Bench
March 10, 2011

The Honourable Brian J. Scherman, Q.C., and the Honourable Lian M. Schwann, Q.C., have been appointed judges of the Court of Queen's Bench of Saskatchewan. Justice Scherman, a lawyer with Miller Thomson LLP in Saskatoon, was appointed to the Queen's Bench in Saskatoon. He's been a partner with Miller Thomson LLP since a merger in December 2010, and prior to that, was partner with Balfour Moss since 1975. He is active in the legal community, as well as with various community, civic and minor sports organizations. Justice Schwann, previously Registrar of the Court of Appeal and Registrar in Bankruptcy in Regina, was appointed to the Queen's Bench in Moose Jaw. She has also acted as Crown Counsel for the Civil Law Division of the Ministry of Justice, was an associate with McDougall Gauley for four years and was an investigator for the Office of the Ombudsman in 1979. She has also been a sessional lecturer at the First Nations University of Canada at the University of Regina. More

New appointment to Court of Appeal
March 10, 2011

The Honourable Maurice J. Herauf has been appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of Saskatchewan. Justice Herauf was elevated to the Court of Appeal from the Court of Queen's Bench, to which he was appointed in 2007. Prior to his Queen's Bench appointment, he was Registrar of the Court of Appeal and Registrar in Bankruptcy for 12 years, and held positions with the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority and the Maintenance Enforcement Office at Saskatchewan Justice. In addition, he has authored several articles that have appeared in the Saskatchewan Law Review, Saskatchewan Advocate and the Canadian Bankruptcy Reports. More

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2010

Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan passes new Criminal Appeal Rules and new Civil Practice Directives
December 15, 2010

The Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan has passed The Court of Appeal Criminal Appeal Rules (Saskatchewan). These new rules apply to criminal practice and procedure before the Court of Appeal. The Court has also passed two new civil Practice Directives (#3 and #4). These Practice Directives concern the Taxation of Costs and Electronic Filing. All changes were passed as of December 15, 2010, and are effective as of that day.

Call for Applications for Clerking at the Provincial Court for Saskatchewan
December 13, 2010

The Provincial Court of Saskatchewan will be selecting two law students to participate in its clerkship program. One law clerk will be based in Regina, the other in Saskatoon. Both will have the opportunity to work with all judges of the Court. Applications must be submitted no later than May 13, 2011. More

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Court
May 7, 2010

Morris Mark Baniak has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Prince Albert. More

New Judge Appointed to Court of Appeal
April 29, 2010

Neal W. Caldwell has been appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal. More

Call for Applications for Queen's Bench Articling Program
April 27, 2010

The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench will be accepting applications for law clerks until May 14, 2010. More

Child-Friendly Courts Announcement
April 20, 2010

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice and Attorney General and the Department of of Justice Canada have announced a joint project to establish the Child-Friendly Courts Project in Saskatchewan. More

State Funeral To Be Held For Former Chief Justice
April 6, 2010

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced plans today for a state funeral for The Honourable Edward D. Bayda, S.O.M., LL.D. Q.C., former Chief Justice of Saskatchewan. More

Chief Justice Klebuc Offers Condolences to Bayda Family
April 4, 2010

The legal community of Saskatchewan is saddened after having lost one of its longest serving leaders and pre-eminent jurists with the passing of the Honourable Edward Bayda, former Chief Justice of Saskatchewan. More

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2009

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Court
December 21, 2009

Barbara J. Tompkins, Q.C. has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Regina. More

New Judges Appointed to Provincial Court
October 19, 2009

James Plemel, Q.C. has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Wynyard and Jeffery Kalmakoff has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Estevan. More

Notice Regarding the Wynard Court House
May 21, 2009

Please take notice that effective Monday, June 1, 2009, the Wynyard Court House will be closed for an extended period to permit major renovations. The Court House will re-open in 2010.

New Judge Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench
May 14, 2009

Timothy Keene, Q.C. has been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench for Swift Current.

Important Information regarding Weyburn Court House Renovation Period (Effective March 30, 2009)
March 24, 2009

Registry/business operations for Queen's Bench and Provincial Court will remain unchanged. Queen's Bench Chamber sittings and Pre-Trial Conferences will be scheduled in the normal course at the temporary court location. All jury trials will be conducted in an alternate judicial centre (most likely Regina or Estevan). Provincial Court docket sittings will continue to be scheduled every Wednesday at the temporary court location. Other Queen's Bench trials and Provincial Court trials or preliminary hearings over two days in duration will be conducted in alternate centres. All trial or preliminary hearings two days or less will be scheduled at the temporary court location as availability exists.

New Judges Appointed to Provincial Court
March 23, 2009

Daryl Edward Labach has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Saskatoon and Marylynne Thomas Beaton has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Regina. More

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Court
January 8, 2009

Quentin Douglas (Doug) Agnew has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Saskatoon. More

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2008

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Court
November 28, 2008

The Honourable Brenton Myles Klause, Q.C. has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Yorkton . More

New Judge Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench
February 27, 2008

The Honourable Geoffrey D. Dufour, a lawyer with Dufour Scott Phelps + Mason in Saskatoon, is appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan. He replaces Madam Justice Y. G. Wilkinson (Saskatoon) who was appointed to the Court of Appeal.

Installation Ceremony - Saskatchewan Provincial Court
February 12, 2008

Chief Judge Carol A. Snell will be sworn in as Chief Judge of Saskatchewan Provincial Court. More

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2007

New Registrar Appointed to the Court of Appeal and Bankruptcy
October 5, 2007

Lian M. Schwann, has been appointed Registrar for the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal (effective September 18, 2007) and Registrar for Bankruptcy (effective October 1, 2007). More

New Judges Appointed to Provincial Court
September 17, 2007

Margaret Gordon of Moosomin has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Moose Jaw; Felicia Daunt of La Ronge has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of La Ronge; and Donald Murray Brown of Regina has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Regina. More

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Court
April 27, 2007

Donna Scott, Q.C. is appointed a judge of the Saskatchewan Provincial Court in Saskatoon. More

New Judge Appointed to Court of Queen's Bench
April 2, 2007

Murray D. Acton, Q.C. is appointed a judge of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatoon. More

Judge Receives Hodgson Award
March 29, 2007

The Honourable Judge Gerald M. Morin is the recipient of the 2007 Willy Hodgson Award which was presented on March 28, 2007. The award, presented by the Law Society of Saskatchewan, is named in honour of Christine Wilna Hodgson, a Cree Elder who dedicated herself to improving the lives of Aboriginal people up until her death in 2003.

CBA Award Presented to Provincial Court Judges
February 12, 2007

Chief Judge G. T. G. Seniuk and Judge D. M. Arnot are the 2007 recipients of CBA Distinguished Service Award. More

Regina Drug Treatment Court Receives Award
February 26, 2007

As part of the Project Hope provincial initiative, the Regina Drug Treatment Court was one of the recipients of the 2007 Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Awards.

New Judges Appointed to Court of Appeal and Queen's Bench
March 2, 2007

The Honourable Madam Justice Darla C. Hunter, a judge of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, is appointed a judge of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and Ralph K. Ottenbreit, Q.C. is appointed a judge of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench. More

"Try Judging" Essay/Poster Contest Opens
March 5, 2007

The "Try Judging" essay/poster competition is being sponsored by the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association. Open to all high school law and social science classes (French and English), it is being held in connection with Law Week this spring. More

New Judge Appointed to Regina
February 2, 2007

Murray Hinds has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Regina. More

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2006

New Judges Appointed to Saskatoon and Prince Albert
December 15, 2006

Marilyn Gray, Q.C., has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Saskatoon. Hugh Harradence, Q.C., has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Prince Albert. More

New Aboriginal Court Party Commences Sittings
December 1, 2006

The Meadow Lake Aboriginal Court Party will hold circuit court sittings in both the Cree and Dene languages. More

Judge Lafond Appointed
November 27, 2006

Judge Turpel-Lafond has been appointed the first Representative for Children and Youth for British Columbia after the Special Committee to Appoint a Representative unanimously recommended her in a report to the British Columbia Legislature. More

New Judge Appointed to Saskatoon
October 27, 2006

Martel D. Popescul been appointed a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatoon. More

Regina Drug Treatment Court Opens
October 3, 2006

The Regina Drug Treatment Court (DTC) is a therapeutic court that addresses drug addiction as an underlying cause of criminal activity. Participation in the DTC is open to adult accused who are drug dependent and whose criminal behaviour is motivated or caused by their addiction. Participants in the DTC will enter an intensive treatment program. More

Chief Justice of Saskatchewan Appointed
September 18, 2006

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, today announced the appointment of The Honourable Mr. Justice John Klebuc, a Judge of Her Majesty's Queen Bench for Saskatchewan, Judicial Centre of Saskatoon, to Chief Justice of Saskatchewan. He replaces the Honourable Chief Justice E. D. Bayda who retired September 9, 2006. More

Chief Justice Receives Honorary Doctorate
June 15, 2006

The University of Regina has conferred an honorary doctorate of laws on The Honourable E. D. Bayda, Chief Justice of Saskatchewan. The ceremony tool place during the University of Regina's spring convocation. More

New Provincial Court Sittings at Thunderchild
June 6, 2006

In June 2006, the Saskatchewan Provincial Court will commence circuit court sittings on the Thunderchild First Nation. The judge and staff from the Lloydminster Provincial Court office will hold court there twice a month.

The Thunderchild First Nation Chief and Council identified Thunderchild First Nation as a potential site for a circuit court location and approached Saskatchewan Justice with their desire to host court proceedings for the benefit of the people of the local area. The decision to make Thunderchild a circuit court point came after consultation with all stakeholders within the communities involved and the justice system. More

New Judge Appointed to Meadow Lake
May 10, 2006

Donald J. Bird has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court in Meadow Lake. More

Honourable Roy N. Hall Obituary
March 25, 2006

On March 25, the Honourable Roy Norman Hall, passed away at the age of 85 years. Born at Ponteix, Saskatchewan on October 24, 1920, Roy was educated at Ponteix and Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.A. and LL.B (cum laude). He served with the RCAF in World War II as a navigator. Roy practised law in Prince Albert, and was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan in 1962 and served for twenty-eight years until retirement. At the request of Roy, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Cremation. More

Judge Recieves Hodgson Award
March 6, 2006

The Law Society of Saskatchewan announced that the Honourable Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is the recipient of the Willy Hodgson Award which was presented in Regina on March 3, 2006. This award is given in memory of Willy Hodgson, O.C., SOM, and her many contributions to advancing equality and diversity in the administration of justice for the people of Saskatchewan. Ms. Hodgson was a Law Society Lay Bencher from 1997 to 2001. The award recognizes Judge Turpel-Lafond's work in building bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, based on the teaching of the elders of kindness and respect. In 1998 she became the first Treaty Indian appointed as Provincial Court judge in Saskatchewan and is noted for her advocacy work for First Nations people, especially women.

Tele-Bail Service Announced
February 2, 2006

Effective February 4, 2006, a new province-wide service called "Tele-Bail" will enable persons in police custody on weekends to have a judge conduct their bail hearings by telephone. Tele-Bail will be available between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays when Provincial Court judges will be available to conduct bail hearings by phone. More

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2005

Changes to Small Claims Court
December 30, 2005

On January 1st, 2006, the monetary limit for cases that may be heard by small claims court increases from $5,000 to $10,000. Amendments to The Provincial Court Act establish a Civil Division of Provincial Court to reflect the specialized nature of small claims adjudication. Amendments to The Small Claims Act establish a pre-trial case management process for small claims matters. A case management judge will be available to assist the parties to settle the matter without going to trial. More

New Judges for Provincial Court
December 16, 2005

Judge D.J. Kovatch and Judge B. G. Morgan have been appointed to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan in Moose Jaw and Melfort, respectively. More

Office of the Treaty Commissioner Recognized
December 14, 2005

Saskatchewan's Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) received an award for its anti-racism education initiatives. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation has selected the OTC to receive its biennial Award of Excellence for anti-racism programs in the public and government sector. The Foundation is honouring the OTC for its comprehensive range of public education activities including the "Teaching Treaties in the Classroom" resource kit, OTC Speakers' Bureau and Treaty Learning Network. More

New Book on Sentencing Published
December 6, 2005

Judge T.W. Ferris has published a book on sentencing entitled, Sentencing - Practical Approaches. It is now available from LexisNexis Canada (ISBN: 0 433 45020-7). This book explains how sentencing works in practice and includes solutions to common sentencing problems. A more detailed description of the book is available here.

New Chief Justice for Queen's Bench
November 23, 2005

The Honourable R. D. Laing has been appointed Chief Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench.

Chief Justice Laing has served as a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan since 1994. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1967 and was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1971. This appointment is effective January 1, 2006.

Obituary
November 19, 2005

The Honourable Thomas Clarkson Wakeling passed away in Regina on November 19, 2005. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1984, a position he held until his retirement at the age of 75 in 1999. Obituary

New Judges for Queen's Bench
November 17, 2005

The Honourable J. E. McMurtry, N. G. Gabrielson and R. C. Mills have been appointed judges of the Court of Queen's Bench. More

Obituary
November 3, 2005

The Honourable Russell Lawrence Brownridge passed away at the age of 90 on 3 November 2005. He was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench in 1959 and to the Court of Appeal in 1961. He retired from the Court in 1988. Obituary

Book Nominated for Award
November 8, 2005

Maskeko-sakahikanihk: 100 Years for a Saskatchewan First Nation, By M.E. Turpel-Lafond was nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award in the First Peoples publishing category.

This is not the first time a Provincial Court Judge has been nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award. In 2002, Canoeing the Churchill: A Practical Guide to the Historical Voyageur Highway, by Judge S. I. Robinson and Greg Marchildon (Canadian Plains Research Center) was nominated and won in the Scholary Writing category.

Judge Receives Honorary Degree
October 20, 2005

The Honourable Judge M. E. Turpel-Lafond is the recipient of an honorary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. More

New Judge Appointed to Swift Current
September 15, 2005

The Honourable Daniel B. Konkin has been appointed a judge of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench. More

New Judge Appointed to Court of Appeal
May 20, 2005

The Honourable Gene Anne Smith has been appointed a judge of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. More

New Judge Appointed to Melfort
April 15, 2005

Lorna D. Dyck has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Melfort. More

New Judge Appointed to Saskatoon
March 9, 2005

Grant M. Currie has been appointed a judge of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench. More

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2004

New Judge Appointed to Yorkton
December 23, 2004

Patrick R. Koskie has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for Yorkton. More

New Registrar for Queen's Bench and Provincial Court
December 23, 2004

The Honourable W. F. Gerein, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench and the Honourable G.T. Seniuk, Chief Judge of the Provincial Court for Saskatchewan are pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon H. Pratchler as Registrar of the Court of Queen's Bench and Provincial Court. This appointment is effective November 15, 2004.

Ms. Pratchler has practiced extensively in the trial courts, particularly in the criminal law area. After a number of years in private practice, Ms. Pratchler joined Public Prosecutions, working out of the Moose Jaw and Regina offices. In September of 2002, she was seconded to the Civil Law Division of the Department of Justice where she advised a number of government departments including the Department of Employment and Community Resources.

Ms. Pratchler can be contacted at 787-4077 or by email at spratchler@justice.gov.sk.ca.

New Judge Appointed to Court of Appeal
October 1, 2004

Robert G. Richards Q.C. has been appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. More

New Judge Appointed to North Battleford
May 6, 2004

Daniel O'Hanlon has been appointed a judge of the Provincial Court for North Battleford. More

Courts Education Celebrates Successful Year
April 1, 2004

The Saskatchewan Courts Education Program, which was launched in early 2003, has provided educational programming for over 1000 participants in its first year.

The Saskatchewan Courts Education Program was launched in early 2003. Students from grades 5 through 12 have been involved in a variety of educational activities, including workshops, judges' visits to classrooms, and court watching/touring. More than 750 school students and 250 adults have participated. More than 450 students participated during the first three months of operation.

This program, coordinated by the Courts Communications Officer, aims to promote better public understanding of the court system and legal issues.

In addition, events have been held for both social science teachers and members of the media. These included presentations and Q & A sessions for the media, presentations at teacher in-services and teacher visits to the court house.

Plans for the upcoming year include expanding the program to more communities and community groups and involving more participants.

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