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Notices to Court Users
September 17, 2021
Parliament enacted legislation, in force as of August 3, 2021, to proclaim a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. September 30 is now a statutory holiday for federal public sector workers and employees covered by Part III of the Canada Labour Code. The day is intended to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
This year, given the late implementation date of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Saskatchewan’s courts will carry on with previously scheduled matters in order to avoid delays that might cause disadvantage and inconvenience for accused persons and litigants.
In the days ahead, the courts will consider the measures that might be appropriately taken in relation to the ongoing recognition of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
August 31, 2021
The Court of Appeal reminds litigants that, with the exception of sections 17 and 24 of Chapter 19, The Miscellaneous Statutes (Appeal Provisions) Amendment Act, 2021, SS 2021, c 19 and The Miscellaneous Statutes (Appeal Provisions) Amendment Act, 2021, (No. 2), SS 2021, c 20, will come into force on September 1, 2021. These Acts make modifications to the rights of appeal to the Court found in a number of statutes.
August 26, 2021
The Provincial Court issued General Application Practice Directive XIII, respecting audio/video recording or broadcasting court proceedings. It can be found on the Court’s Practice Directives and Standardized Conditions page.
March 1, 2021
In an upcoming appeal, the Court of Appeal will be examining the current test for leave to appeal in property tax matters as set out in Saskatoon (City) v North Ridge Development Corporation, 2015 SKCA 13, 451 Sask R 265.
Entities who might wish to seek intervenor status in that appeal for the purpose of speaking to this issue are advised to immediately contact the Registrar of the Court (firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-787-5358) for further information.
Oct. 1, 2020
The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued Criminal Practice Directive #2, respecting access to juror information and jury lists. It can be found on the Rules and Practice Directives page, along with supporting forms.
Sept. 16, 2020
The Court of Queen’s Bench has amended its civil subpoenas forms to require the inclusion of notice to inform witnesses on their choice of oath or affirmation. The new subpoena forms can be found here: English version | Version française
Sept. 16, 2020
The Court of Queen’s Bench has amended its rules to allow for binding pre-trial conferences. The new rules come into effect on October 1, 2020, and can be found here: English version | Version française
July 16, 2020
Court Services has announced important improvements to Deposit Accounts in the Court of Queen’s Bench. All current deposit accounts will be canceled on August 7, 2020.
To obtain a new central deposit account for use at any judicial centre, court users must file a written request in the prescribed form with any Local Registrar. More information on the changes and the form for Requesting a new Provincial Deposit Account can be found here
July 15, 2020
The Court of Queen’s Bench has recently amended its rules respecting Appearance Day Notices and the Warrant of Committal form in the case of civil contempt. The amendments come into effect on September 1, 2020, and can be found here: English version | Version française
Jan. 31, 2020
The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new practice directive concerning family law chamber appearances.
Oct. 10, 2019
The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new practice directive concerning scheduling Summary Judgment and Judicial Review applications.
Sept. 3, 2019
As a consequence of recent amendments to The Land Contracts (Actions) Act, 2018, the Court of Queen’s Bench has amended its rules and forms respecting actions for foreclosure and cancellation of agreements for the sale of land. The amendments can be found here. (francais)
May 14, 2019
The Provincial Court has issued a new practice directive related to applications under s. 11(b) of the Charter.
May 1, 2019
The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new practice directive on the process to request copies of audio and video recordings in criminal proceedings.
Feb. 21, 2019
Effective March 15, 2019, the Court of Queen’s Bench has amended its rules, forms, and tariff of party to party costs related to default judgments. Other housekeeping changes to the forms have also been made. The amendments can be found here. (francais)
Jan. 30, 2019
The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new Administrative Notice respecting the scheduling of pre-trial Child and Family Service Act matters in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
Jan. 30, 2019
The following facta have been filed with the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan in relation to a reference by the Lieutenant Governor in Council relating to the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, Bill C-74 Part V.
- Attorney General of Canada
- Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
- Assembly of First Nations
- Attorney General of Ontario
- Attorney General of British Columbia
- Attorney General of New Brunswick
- Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan Inc.
- Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission
- Canadian Environmental Law Association and Environmental Defence Canada
- Canadian Public Health Association
- Canadian Taxpayers Federation
- Climate Justice et al
- Intergenerational Climate Coalition
- David Suzuki Foundation
- The International Emissions Trading Association
- United Conservative Association
- Saskatchewan Power Corporation and SaskEnergy Incorporated
Jan. 22, 2019
Effective February 1, 2019, the Court of Queen’s Bench has amended Family Practice Directive #1 to prescribe the contents and form of the pre-trial briefs required to be filed by each party.
Oct. 1, 2018
The Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan has issued Criminal Practice Directive No. 8 which provides leave procedures for appeals filed pursuant to Section 839 of the Criminal Code. Find Criminal Practice Directive No. 8 here.
July 30, 2018
The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued an Administrative Notice concerning the scheduling of child protection chambers and pre-trial conferences in the Judicial Centres of Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert: Chamber Applications and Pre-Trial Conferences Pursuant to The Child and Family Services Act.
June 26, 2018
The Honourable Chief Justice Robert G. Richards has ordered that a copy of Order-in-Council 194/2018, a reference by the Lieutenant Governor in Council related to the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, Bill C-74 Part V, be posted on this website, along with a copy of the Order respecting Interventions.
April 28, 2018
Court of Queen’s Bench issues General Application Practice Directive #8 – Communications and Correspondence with Judges
April 24, 2018
Chief Justice M.D. Popescul of the Court of Queen’s Bench has canceled the Court’s regular civil Chambers on June 7, 2018, and family law Chambers on June 8, 2018, in both Regina and Saskatoon. All matters that have been set for Chambers in either Regina or Saskatoon on those dates will be adjourned by the Local Registrar to subsequent Chambers dates. The Local Registrar will notify the applicants and respondents (whose address is known) of the Chambers date to which it has been rescheduled.
March 21, 2018
Dec. 20, 2017
The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued an updated practice directive respecting template receivership and CCAA initial orders.
Sept. 1, 2017
The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new practice directive concerning applications made to the Court under The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. The new Practice Directive (CV-PD#5) comes into effect on September 1, 2017 [Link content archived].
Aug. 2, 2017
Court of Queen’s Bench amends Rules of Court with respect to the discount rate to be used in calculating the amount of an award for future pecuniary damage as well as the life expectancy of an individual. Details (English) | Details (Francais)
March 7, 2017
The Court of Queen’s Bench has amended the Rules of Court and related forms effective April 1, 2017.
The amendments include authorizing lawyers to send requests for service directly to foreign countries pursuant to The Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters, and amending the family law Petition and Answer forms to require additional information concerning other relevant court proceedings and to update the Statement of Lawyer. Details
Dec. 8, 2016
Aug. 30, 2016
May 20, 2016
March 4, 2016
Feb. 1, 2016
Court of Appeal Criminal Practice Directive – Leave Procedure for Certain Criminal Appeals [Linked to updated document.]
Jan. 8, 2016
The Court of Queen’s Bench has issued a new Practice Directive that sets out how and when to notify the Local Registrar of requests to adjourn matters scheduled for chambers. Review Practice Directive.
Nov. 10, 2015
The Court of Queen’s Bench has made a number of amendments to its Rules of Court and related forms. The amendments take effect on January 1, 2016. The amendments include the requirement that originating applications be issued before they are served; clarification on when issues may be resolved by summary judgment; the requirement that proof of death (such as a funeral director’s certificate) be filed with applications for probate and adminstration; changes to the Application for Grant of Adminstration form to clarify the basis on which a bond is or is not required; new forms for Application for Case Conference and Appointment for Questioning; as well as formatting amendments to all forms including the removal of the clerk’s stamp. The rule amendments can be found here (a subsequent correction confirms the effective date of January 1, 2016). A temporary link to the amended forms can be found at the Queen’s Printer website.[Linked content archived.]
Sept. 1, 2015
July 17, 2015
July 15, 2015
July 13, 2015
The Court of Queen’s Bench has amended Schedule I “B” of the Tariff of Costs. The new Tariff is split into a General section and a Family section, and organized in accordance with the new Rules of Court with columns based on the complexity of the case. The new Tariff comes into effect on August 1, 2015. [Linked content archived.]
July 9, 2015
July 6, 2015
June 29, 2015
June 15, 2015
Effective June 15, 2015, Saskatoon’s Family Law Division has merged with the General Division. Effective immediately the fax number for both offices will be (306) 975-4818.
March 2, 2015
Dec. 16, 2014
Oct. 1, 2014
Oct. 1, 2014
Oct. 1, 2014
Updated: Provincial Court Practice Directive – Application for Court-Appointed Counsel [Linked content archived.]
Sept. 10, 2014
August 19, 2014
March 27, 2014
Updated: Provincial Court Practice Directive – Charter Applications & Related Matters [Linked content archived.]
March 25, 2014
Dec. 18, 2013
Queen’s Bench Practice Directive – Gowning Policy for Counsel [Linked content archived.]
Dec. 18, 2013
Nov. 1, 2013
Oct. 29, 2013
Sept. 12, 2013
Sept. 3, 2013
Discretionary Orders Restricting Media Reporting or Public Access (Queen’s Bench Practice Directive) [Linked content archived.]
July 1, 2013
June 20, 2013
June 19, 2013
June 18, 2013
Court of Queen’s Bench re-issues relevant Notices to the Profession as Administrative Notices
May 15, 2013
August 7, 2012
June 14, 2012
June 13, 2012
May 29, 2012
Dec. 5, 2011