Saskatchewan. Supreme Court

Identity area

Type of entity

Primary Agency

Authorized form of name

Saskatchewan. Supreme Court

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Saskatchewan

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1907-1918

History

On September 1, 1905, the province of Saskatchewan was created. The court system that existed during the territorial period remained in place in the province until September 16, 1907, when The Judicature Act (S.S. 1907, c.8) came into effect. The act established a new court system consisting of the Supreme Court, the District Court and the Surrogate Court.

The Supreme Court consisted of a Chief Justice and four puisne judges who also served as ex officio justices of the peace and coroners for the province. Although the judges were required to reside in Regina, the seat of government for the province, every judge had jurisdiction throughout Saskatchewan and went on a trial circuit. Judges could preside over trials individually as well as sit en banc as an appeal court in Regina. In 1913, the Court was expanded to include the Chief Justice and five puisne judges and quorum for sitting en banc increased from three to four judges.

Members of the first Supreme Court were Justices E. L. Wetmore (Chief Justice); James Emile Pierre Preudergast; H.W. Newlands; T.C. Johnstone and J.Y. Lamont.

In 1907, the province was divided into eight judicial districts (Cannington, Moosomin, Yorkton, Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Battleford). By 1915 there were seventeen judicial districts. 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. Court personnel, including local registrars, deputy registrars and process issuers, were appointed in each judicial district to provide assistance to the judges.

On March 1, 1918 the Supreme Court of Saskatchewan was abolished and the Court of King's Bench and the Court of Appeal were established.

Places

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

The Supreme Court of Saskatchewan was a superior court of record with original trial and appellate jurisdiction in both criminal and civil matters.

Mandates/sources of authority

The Judicature Act (S.S. 1907, c.8)

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

North-West Territories. Supreme Court (1887-1907)

Identifier of the related entity

GA 83

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Supreme Court is the successor of North-West Territories. Supreme Court

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Court of King's Bench (1918-1952)

Identifier of the related entity

GA 85

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Court of King's Bench is the successor of Saskatchewan. Supreme Court

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Court of Appeal

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Court of Appeal is the successor of Saskatchewan. Supreme Court

Access points area

Subject access points

Place access points

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

GA 84

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Rules for Archival Description (RAD)

Status

Final

Level of detail

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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Script(s)

Sources

AMICUS Authorities - no entry found.
R-E4687
Various Internet sites
SAB Court Records Information binder

Maintenance notes

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