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Edward D. Bayda

The Honourable Edward Dmytro Bayda

Bayda CJS Bio

1972 – 1974 Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan
1974 – 1981 Justice of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan
1981 – 2006 Chief Justice of Saskatchewan

Edward D. Bayda was born in 1931 in Alvena, Saskatchewan. After completing his high school education in Saskatoon, he attended the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 and a Bachelor of Law degree in 1953. He was admitted to the Saskatchewan bar in 1954.

Mr. Bayda was in private practice for 18 years, practicing primarily as litigation counsel. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1966.

In 1972 he was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, and in 1974 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. From 1974 to 1975, he served as the Commissioner for the Vancouver Port Grain Handling Industrial Inquiry. Justice Bayda also served as Chairman of the Cluff Lake Board of Inquiry from 1977 to 1978.

In 1981 Justice Bayda was appointed Chief Justice of Saskatchewan. He served in this position for 25 years, retiring in 2006. He received honourary law degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in 1989 and the University of Regina in 2006. After retiring from the bench, he took on the role of senior advisory counsel with a Regina law firm.

The Honourable Edward D. Bayda passed away on April 2, 2010.

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