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Home > Court of Appeal > CENTENARY 1918-2018

The Court of Appeal Centenary Celebrations

Chief Justice

The Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan came into existence on March 1, 1918. Since then, it has been the highest court in the province – the final arbiter of all but those very few cases that manage to make their way to the Supreme Court of Canada. Over the span of these 100 years, the Court has been a key pillar in the architecture of Saskatchewan’s system of government. It has resolved disputes on matters of importance ranging from control over natural resources to the limits of free speech. Some 41 judges have sat on the Court, each making his or her own unique contribution to its work.

Reaching the centenary milestone invites both celebration and reflection. On March 2, 2018, the Court celebrated with a gala banquet in Regina. The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin was the guest of honour, Professor Brent Cotter explored the Court’s history in the keynote address, and entertainment was provided from several members of the legal community.

As for reflection, funding from the Law Foundation and the Government of Saskatchewan backstopped the preparation of The First Hundred Years, a history of the Court by David Mittelstadt. This book offers an in-depth account of the Court as an institution, its jurisprudence and the men and women who have been part of it. Copies of The First Hundred Years are available at McNally Robinson book store in Saskatoon, or you can purchase a copy online from the University of Regina Press.

I am delighted to invite Saskatchewan’s bench and bar and the larger community as well to join me and my colleagues in 2018 as we celebrate the Court of Appeal’s 100th anniversary and look forward to ongoing service to the people of Saskatchewan in the years ahead.

The Honourable Robert G. Richards
Chief Justice of Saskatchewan

For further information

Dawn Blaus, Courts Communication Officer
(306) 787-9602