Saskatchewan Divorce Records (National Institute)
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The Saskatchewan Provincial Archives hold the Court of King’s Bench Records from 1870 to 1930. These records contain divorce records but the Docket Books must be used to access these records. The Docket Books are housed at the Archives and are indexed by name in two separate indexes under Plaintiff and Defendant. It is helpful to know the approximate year and judicial district where the proceeding took place when using these indexes.
On December 3, 1919 the Court of Appeal determined that divorce would be under provincial jurisdiction. The proceedings took place within the individual jurisdictions and the divorce records that were created after 1930 are still at the court house where the action took place. There are 12 Judicial Districts in Saskatchewan. You may obtain a certified copy of a divorce certificate at the court house, or by writing to them, where the divorce was granted. They are now Courts of Queen’s Bench. You must provide the names of the parties, the court file number and the approximate year of commencement of the divorce proceedings. If you do not know the court file number, you will have to pay a search fee.
On 2 July 1968, when the new Divorce Act became law, the Central Divorce Registry was established as an index for divorce records for all of Canada. Therefore, after this date you must contact:
Department of Justice
Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings
P.O. Box 2730, Station D
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W7
In 1994, The Queen’s Bench (Family Law Division) Amendment Act established a Family Law Division. This division handles all family law matters, including divorce. There are judges of the Court of Queen’s Bench appointed to sit as judges of the Family Law Division. They are located in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. You can view the Court of Queen’s Bench on their website.
Court of Queen’s Bench - Regina Court House
2425 Victoria Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4W6
Court of Queen’s Bench - Saskatoon Court House
520 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 3G7
Battleford Court House
Box 340, 291 - 23rd Street West
Battleford, Saskatchewan S0M 0E0
Estevan Court House
1016 - 4th Street
Estevan, Saskatchewan S4A 0W5
Melfort Court House
Box 6500, 409 Main Street
Melfort, Saskatchewan S0E 1A0
Moose Jaw Court House
110 Ominica Street West
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 6V2
Prince Albert Court House
1800 Central Avenue
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan S6V 4W7
Swift Current Court House
121 Lorne Street West
Swift Current, Saskatchewan S9H 0J4
Weyburn Court House
301 Prairie Avenue N.E.
Weyburn, Saskatchewan S4H 0L4
Yorkton Court House
29 Darlington Street East
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 0C2
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