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Government Information - Saskatchewan, Other Canadian Provinces and Territories: Statutes and Regulations, Case Law

Statutes and Regulations: Print and Online

Print copies are available at:

  • Government Documents area on the 2nd floor of the Murray Library
  • Law Library

Online copies are available at:

 

How to Find the Statutes and Use Them

For assistance finding the Statutes, ask at the Research Desk on the first floor of the Murray Library or in the Law Library.

For in-depth research inquiries, please contact either the Government Publications Librarian Darlene.Fichter@usask.ca or the Law Library uasklaw@library.usask.ca.

Statutes and Regulations

Legislative Histories

Legislative histories provide details on the passage of legislation through a parliament or legislature. Legislation is introduced as a bill; once a bill has passed 3rd reading and recieves Royal Assent, it becomes a statute and is published in the annual volume of statutes. Although the presumption is that a statute takes effect upon receiving royal assent, this is sometimes not the case and it is necessary to refer to the language of the statute to determine when it (or parts of it) took effect. A legislative history will include details on the progress of a bill through the Legislative Assembly, including readings, debates, and committee hearings. A history may also refer to speeches and news releases from the responsible minister, background documents, and on occasion, draft legislation. To start, determine the date and /or session and parliament when the bill was introduced.

Your starting point for Saskatchewan legislative histories is the Journals, which are a compilation of the assembly's daily votes and proceedings (minutes). The Journals on the Legislative Assembly's website go back to 1996. Older issues can be found in print in the Government Publications stacks at the Murray Library. The call number is CA2SAX 2: J53 (v.1 to v.108) The LLMC has digitized all of the older journals.