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Access to Court Records 

Guidelines

Court offices regularly receive requests from the public, media, lawyers, and others seeking access to court records. To help manage these requests, the Courts have developed guidelines that summarize how court officials will respond to the most commonly encountered access requests.

The document “Public Access to Court Records in Saskatchewan: Guidelines for the Media and the Public” recognizes that public understanding, respect and confidence in the administration of justice can be increased by facilitating media and public access to court records.

There are a wide range of requests for court records received by the courts every day. They differ in their nature and the records involved. It would be impossible to anticipate all of the types of requests. The guidelines summarize how court officials can be expected to respond to the most commonly encountered access requests.

The access guidelines are also intended to help communicate to the media and the public the approach that will be taken on access matters in specific situations. They serve as an informative and educative tool for those wishing to better understand how the court system operates and how it implements the open access principle. While they provide administrative direction in situations where there is no court order in place, the guidelines do not have the force of law and are subject to the decisions of individual judges and courts.

Download the document: Public Access to Court Records in Saskatchewan: Guidelines for the Media and the Public

Court file access

When making your request for access to court records, you may be asked to complete and submit a Request for Access to Court Records form (Updated). This form helps court staff understand the nature, scope, and purpose of your request. It can also be used to take your request forward to a judge, if necessary.

Access requests should be made to the court office where the matter was heard. Find a list of offices, along with their contact information, here:

Access to Exhibits (Court of Queen's Bench)

Media seeking access to exhibits entered in a criminal trial in the Court of Queen’s Bench are asked to use this Request by Media for Exhibits in Criminal Proceedings form. The form should be submitted to the Clerk of the Court (during the course of the trial) or to the Registry Office where the matter was heard if the trial is complete.

 

More Information

Dawn Blaus
Courts Communications Officer
Courts of Saskatchewan
(306) 787-9602