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Edward M. Culliton

The Honourable Edward Milton Culliton

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1951 - 1962   Justice of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan
1962 - 1981   Chief Justice of Saskatchewan

Edward M. Culliton was born in 1906 in Grand Forks, Minnesota, but grew up on a farm near Elbow. He obtained a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1928. He was admitted to the Saskatchewan bar in 1930 and established a law practice in Gravelbourg.

In 1935, Mr. Culliton was elected to the Legislative Assembly. Three years later, he was appointed Provincial Secretary.  

Mr. Culliton resigned from the provincial cabinet to serve with the Canadian Army in 1941, but retained his seat in the Legislative Assembly as a minister without portfolio. In 1944, the Liberal administration was defeated. He returned to his law practice in Gravelbourg and in 1947 was appointed King’s Counsel. He was re-elected in the 1948 election.

In 1951, Mr. Culliton accepted an appointment to the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. In 1962 he was appointed Chief Justice, a position he held until 1981. He showed great leadership on the Court, was involved in the creation of the Canadian Judicial Council, and made notable contributions to the area of criminal law.

Chief Justice Culliton served as Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan from 1962 to 1968. In 1981, he was named a companion of the Order of Canada.

Following his retirement, he issued the “Culliton Report”, which recommended the enactment of a comprehensive access and privacy law in Saskatchewan.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan established the “Chief Justice E.M. Culliton Scholarship” in 1981, which is awarded for post-graduate studies in criminal law.

The Honourable Edward M. Culliton passed away on March 14, 1991.

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