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Rules and Practice Directives

Rules

The Rules of Court govern the practices and procedures to be followed in matters that are brought before the Court. Compliance with the rules is mandatory and it is the responsibility of lawyers or persons who represent themselves in court proceedings to know and comply with the rules that may apply to their proceeding. Failure to comply can result in unnecessary delay and expense. It could also result in a significant disadvantage or loss in a person's ability to pursue a claim, appeal or defence.

The Rules of Court (published in the Saskatchewan Gazette and on the Queen's Printer website) comprise the following parts:

Note: 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; and
  • 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.

Practice Directives

From time to time the Court publishes Practice Directives to supplement and provide greater direction on particular processes.

With new Court of Queen's Bench Rules of Court coming into effect on July 1, 2013, all Practice Directives issued prior to that date have been cancelled. In their stead and concurrent with the cancellation of the former Practice Directives, new revised Practice Directives have been issued. Practice Directives issued on and after July 1, 2013, are referenced by category and number. Some of the Practice Directives cancelled as at July 1, 2013, have not been renewed since their provisions are now addressed in the Rules of Court.

The following is a list of the Court's current Practice Directives:

General Application Practice Directives (GA-PD)

NUMBER EFFECTIVE DATE (AND FORMER REFERENCE)
TITLE (CURRENT VERSION)
GA-PD #1 July 1, 2013 Cancellation of Practice Directives issued prior to July 1, 2013
GA-PD #2 July 1, 2013 (formerly September 1, 2010) Filing Copies of Authorities
GA-PD #3 September 1, 2013 (Revised July 1, 2014) Discretionary Orders Restricting Media Reporting or Public Access
GA-PD #4 November 1, 2013 Expedited Pre-Trial Conferences
GA-PD #5 December 18, 2013 Gowning Policy for Counsel
GA-PD #6 October 1, 2014 Citation of Authorities
GA-PD #7 February 1, 2016 Adjournment of Chamber Proceedings

Criminal Practice Directives (CRIM-PD)

NUMBER EFFECTIVE DATE (AND FORMER REFERENCE) TITLE (CURRENT VERSION)
CRIM-PD #1 July 1, 2013 (formerly January 1, 1989) Criminal Pre-Trial Conference
CRIM-PD #2 July 1, 2013 (formerly January 1, 1989) Jury Selection - Criminal

Civil Practice Directives (CV-PD)

NUMBER EFFECTIVE DATE (AND FORMER REFERENCE) TITLE (CURRENT VERSION)
CV-PD #1 July 1, 2013 (formerly September 1, 2009) e-Discovery Guidelines
CV-PD #2 July 1, 2013 (formerly September 1, 2003) Bankruptcy and Insolvency
CV-PD #3 July 1, 2013 (formerly December 5, 2011) Canadian Judicial Protocol for the Management of Multi-Jurisdictional Class Actions

Family Practice Directives (FAM-PD)

NUMBER EFFECTIVE DATE (AND FORMER REFERENCE) TITLE (CURRENT VERSION)
FAM-PD #1 July 1, 2013 (formerly May 1, 2009) Family Pre-Trial Conferences
FAM-PD #2 July 1, 2013 (formerly October 17, 2001) Mandatory Parenting Education Programs
FAM-PD #3 July 1, 2013 (formerly April 1, 2008) Objections to Affidavit Evidence in Family Matters
FAM-PD #4 May 1, 2014 Family Service Proceedings