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Jurisdiction of Queen's Bench Court

The Court of Queen’s Bench can deal with any type of civil lawsuit in Saskatchewan. There is no maximum amount that a party can claim.

You can start a civil action to sue someone in Saskatchewan if the person you are suing lives here or there is what is called a "real and substantial connection" to Saskatchewan. For example, if the person you are suing does not live in Saskatchewan but the matter you are suing about took place here, a Saskatchewan court could accept jurisdiction in the case. The other party can also agree to have the case decided in Saskatchewan even if they do not live here. Sometimes contracts will include a clause dealing with which court will have jurisdiction to resolve disputes.

Choosing a Judicial Centre

Cases should be started at the court nearest to one of the following places:

  • Where the incident happened
  • Where the defendant(s) live
  • Where the defendant(s) carry on business

You can start your case at any Judicial Centre you chose, but if it is not one of the locations listed above the defendant can ask to have the case transferred. Parties can also agree on a different location or the court can order that a case be heard at a particular Judicial Centre.

There are also rules about some types of cases. For example, cases that concern land must generally be started at the Judicial Centre where the land is located.

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