Saskatchewan. Judicial District of Leader

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Type of entity

Primary Agency

Authorized form of name

Saskatchewan. Judicial District of Leader

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Other form(s) of name

  • Judicial District of Leader
  • Leader Judicial District

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Dates of existence



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 1923, the boundaries of the Judicial District of Swift Current were altered, resulting in the establishment of the Judicial District of Leader on August 15, 1923. The Judicial District of Leader was located in the south-west part of the province near the Saskatchewan/Alberta border. The centre of the district was located in the town of Leader.

Towns and villages in the judicial district at some point during its existence were Abbey; Burstall; Fox Valley; Lancer; Leader; Portreeve; Prelate and Sceptre.

Courts holding jurisdiction in the judicial district included the Court of King'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; 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 Leader was disestablished on July 2, 1931. The area it occupied was absorbed by the judicial districts of Maple Creek, Swift Current and Kindersley.


Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

The Judicial District of Leader was a geographical area in south-west 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 Leader. 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

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Control area

Authority record identifier

GA 90

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Rules for Archival Description (RAD)



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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

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




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