February 08, 2016

Saskatoon Queen's Bench Now Under One Roof

The Government of Saskatchewan and the Courts of Saskatchewan are pleased to announce that the renovation and expansion of the Saskatoon Court House is now complete.

“Space was always at a premium in this court house. That’s no longer the case, and I’m happy to say that the Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon is now under one roof,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.  “Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved, we can more efficiently deliver justice services to the people of this city.”

Queen’s Bench operations were previously split between two separate buildings.  The expansion project allowed the Family Law Division to move from the First Nations Bank Building to the location on Spadina Crescent. 

“I am so pleased to have all of the Court’s Saskatoon judges under the same roof, in a wonderful, new – and renewed – building, in the same beautiful, river-front location,” Chief Justice M.D. Popescul of the Court of Queen’s Bench said.  “This is now a state-of-the-art court house with modern technology, such as the video screens for jurors, enhanced security features, and additional meeting spaces that reflect the growing importance of the work Court does to resolve conflicts before they get to trial.  It will serve the people of Saskatchewan well, now and in the years to come."

Renovations to the original 1958 building finished in December 2015.  Construction of the expansion began in 2011 and was finished in the spring of 2014.  The four-story addition includes two courtrooms, the new registrar’s office, office space for judges, and below-ground parking.

Five different Saskatchewan businesses contributed to the work that was done on the Court House. These companies include Henry Downing Architects, Daniels Wingerak Engineering, Robb Kullman Engineering LLP, PWA Engineering, and Graham Construction.

“This project is another example of how government is planning for the future while at the same time preserving our heritage,” Central Services Minister Jennifer Campeau said.  “The addition and renovations will improve the functionality of a facility that plays an important role in the community, while maintaining the best of its historic features”.

The total cost of the project was $31.2 million.