Saskatchewan. Judicial District of Gravelbourg

Identity area

Type of entity

Primary Agency

Authorized form of name

Saskatchewan. Judicial District of Gravelbourg

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Judicial District of Gravelbourg
  • Gravelbourg Judicial District

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Description area

Dates of existence

1918-1932; 1936-1958


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.

In 1918, the boundaries of the judicial districts of Weyburn, Swift Current and Moose Jaw were altered, resulting in the establishment of the Judicial District of Gravelbourg on May 1, 1918 by order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The boundaries of the district were altered during its existence.

The Judicial District of Gravelbourg was located in the south-central part of the province, 125 kilometres from the city of Moose Jaw. The centre of the district was located in the town of Gravelbourg. The courthouse, constructed around 1926, was located at 209 Main Street.

Towns and villages located in the judicial district at some point during its existence were Aneroid; Coderre; Glentworth; Gravelbourg; Hazenmore; Hodgeville; Kincaid; Lafleche; Limerick; Malaval; Mankota; Mazenod; Meyronne; Ponteix; Shamrock; and Val Marie.

Courts holding jurisdiction in the district included 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 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 reporters 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.

The Judicial District of Gravelbourg was disestablished on June 1, 1932. All records were ordered to be transferred to the Judicial District of Assiniboia. The district was re-established on January 15, 1936.

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 Gravelbourg became the Judicial Centre of Gravelbourg.


Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

The Judicial District of Gravelbourg was a geographical area in south-central Saskatchewan over which the legal courts held jurisdiction. The function of these courts was to hear and try criminal and civil cases. The judicial centre of the district was located in the town of Gravelbourg. Officials of the judicial district provided administrative services relating to the operation of the courts.

Mandates/sources of authority

The District Courts Act (S.S. 1907, c.9)

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Judicial Centre of Gravelbourg

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Category of relationship


Dates of relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Judicial Centre of Gravelbourg is the successor of Saskatchewan. Judicial District of Gravelbourg

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Control area

Authority record identifier

GA 74

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Rules for Archival Description (RAD)



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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Authority record created on 2009-06-10. Approved 2012-03-06. Last modified on 2017-11-29.




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