- GA 97
- Primary Agency
Judicial districts were geographical areas in Saskatchewan over which the courts held legal jurisdiction. Judicial boundaries pre-determined the centre where cases had to be heard. Criminal matters were usually heard in the judicial district where the crime occurred while civil matters were heard where the plaintiff or defendant resided or where the property in dispute was located.
The Judicial District of Regina was established in 1907. It was one of the original eight judicial districts established in 1907 as part of the reorganization of Saskatchewan's judicial system after becoming a province in 1905. The boundaries of the Regina District were altered several times during its existence, most notably in 1913, when its boundaries were considerably reduced. The Judicial District of Regina was located in the central part of the province. The centre of the district was located in the city of Regina. The courthouse was located at 2006 Victoria Avenue.
Towns and villages in the judicial district at some point during its existence were Abernethy; Balgonie; Bethune; Craik; Cupar; Davidson; Fillmore; Indian head; Lumsden; Milestone; Pense; Sedley and Strasbourg.
Courts holding jurisdiction in the judicial district included the Supreme Court; the Court of King's Bench; the Court of Queen's Bench; the District Court and the Surrogate Court. Both criminal and civil cases were heard in the judicial district. Criminal offences included arson; robbery; theft; murder; manslaughter; treason; kidnapping; assault; sexual assault; blackmail; extortion and perjury. Civil matters included divorce; contract disputes; foreclosures; the administration of estates of the deceased and probate of wills; small claims (debt) matters and property disputes.
A resident judge presided at the various court sittings. Court officials included a Clerk of the Supreme Court; a local registrar for the Court of King's Bench/Queen's Bench; a Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the District Court; a Clerk and Deputy Clerk of the Surrogate Court; a sheriff and deputy sheriff; court reports and process issuers (servers). Local registrars processed court documents; received documents for filing; kept accounting records and acted as clerks of the court at all courtroom and chamber sessions. Sheriffs executed court orders; served legal documents and enforced statute orders.
In 1958, all existing judicial districts were abolished and the province of Saskatchewan became one judicial district with twenty-one judicial centres. The Judicial District of Regina became the Judicial Centre of Regina.