Branches, Boards and Commissions
Public Law Division
The Public Law Division is comprised of five branches:
The Legislative Services Branch provides legal and policy advice and assistance to guide all government ministries, agencies and Crown corporations in the development of their Acts, regulations and Orders in Council. They co-ordinate the development of legislation for the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General and Executive Council. This includes acting as project manager for consultations and for the development and implementation of new Acts and regulations. They provide policy advice to government on consumer affairs and financial institutions regulation. They also provide legal advice to Executive Council and the Provincial Secretary.
The Constitutional Law Branch provides legal and policy advice to Government on constitutional, human rights, intergovernmental and trade law issues. They represent the Attorney General before administrative tribunals and all courts in the province and the Supreme Court of Canada, in civil and criminal proceedings raising constitutional and Charter issues. They also represent the province and the interests of private sector participants in trade negotiations and before trade tribunals in national and international disputes.
The Aboriginal Law Branch provides legal and policy advice to the Government on a wide array of issues pertaining to Aboriginal peoples such as constitutional issues related to federal/provincial jurisdiction, Aboriginal rights and Treaty rights. They provide support to Government negotiations with Aboriginal groups with respect to self-government, Treaty land entitlement, Metis harvesting rights and the duty to consult. They represent the Attorney General at all levels of court in Saskatchewan and in the Supreme Court of Canada in civil and criminal proceedings raising Aboriginal law issues.
The Legislative Drafting Branch draft all government Bills and regulations on the instructions of Cabinet and ministries and agencies. This work includes reviewing drafting instructions submitted by ministries and Crown corporations to understand the intended policy objectives and working with other legal branches in the Ministry to resolve legal issues to ensure that Bills and regulations are legally sound and consistent with other Acts and regulations. If a Bill or regulation is to have an official French version, they coordinate the preparation of the French version and review the draft English and French versions to ensure that each has the same legal effect. They also advise government on matters of statutory interpretation and drafting issues and co-ordinate the printing of government Bills and regulations.
The Office of the Queen's Printer publishes and distributes statutes, regulations and other government legislative publications on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan including:
The Queen's Printer operates through a revolving fund to recover the cost of publication production, printing and distribution. This is accomplished through the use of a comprehensive Internet service through which paper versions (in numerous formats) can be purchased, a retail business for which paper publications are distributed, and a web site that allows users to purchase paper-based publications. Electronic copies of legislative publications are accessible at no cost.