Can a party commence an action by writ of summons?

Saskatchewan, Canada

The following excerpt is from Shannon v. Topp, 1986 CanLII 2946 (SK QB):

Thus, on the authority of Clarke v. Bradlaugh, and also by common sense, it must be held that commencing an action by writ of summons (in Saskatchewan, by statement of claim), not being an act resulting from the exercise of any judicial power, is an act of the party, which, subject to the rules, cannot be refused.

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