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Separate together

The goal of the territorial government's new family law mediation program can be summed up in two words: separate together. Launched in late March, the estimated $80,000 program aims to encourage couples involved in the process of separation or divorce to resolve matters cooperatively and outside of court.

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Meet the Judges of Nunavut
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NWT Sheriff's Office
The primary role of a Sheriff is his or her presence in the courtroom. A Sheriff is present in the courtroom, not only to assist in court procedure by calling jurors and escorting prisoners, but also to provide overall security for the judiciary, jurors, and court staff.

Nunavut Family Abuse Intervention Act
Emergency protection applications for wives needing protection from violent husbands, husbands needing protection from violent wives, children needing protection from violent parents, parents from violent children.

Nunavut Change of Name Forms
Required documents, application forms and Change of Name Act.

NWT Rental Office Decisions
Searchable database of landlord-tenant cases.

Information for Landlords and Tenants
A source of Information for both landlords and tenants covering aspects from tenancy agreements to eviction.

Court stories

High profile attorneys take on seismic case

Clyde River, the Nammautaq Hunters and Trappers Organization, and Mayor Jerry Natanine have filed an appeal of the National Energy Board's decision to allow seismic testing in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait.


Fisher sees his $6,000 fine cut in half

An NWT Supreme Court judge cut a commercial fisher's $6,000 fine in half Monday after agreeing with his appeal that the penalty was too high.


Gangs disrupted, not finished: RCMP

Seven people were arrested during last week's flurry of anti-drug trafficking police operations, but one RCMP veteran says it's unlikely this latest disruption of alleged '856' gang activity signals the end of organized crime in Yellowknife.


Company must pay $250,000 for failing to restore land

A diamond exploration company that abandoned its claim 50 kilometres southeast of Yellowknife after its land use permit ran out was ordered to pay more than $250,000 Wednesday to clean it up.


UNW fined $10,000 by rights panel

The territory's largest public service union has been fined $10,000 and ordered to do a better job accommodating persons with disabilities after a human rights panel found it had discriminated against a member who complained about the union headquarters' lack of accessible entrances.


Images examined in child porn case

The case of a Yellowknife man accused of making and distributing child pornography was adjourned again on Tuesday to allow more time for forensic analysis of 1.5 million images contained on hard drives seized by the RCMP.


Joyrider fined, but no jail

An 18-year-old Yellowknife man has been fined $400 and ordered to pay an additional $2,000 toward the purchase of a new vehicle after destroying a stolen SUV on a high-speed joyride around the city in May.


Nine months in jail for drug dealer

After a debate about the relative harm of crack-cocaine and alcohol, a second man was sentenced on Friday in relation to last December's drug busts in Yellowknife.


Tenant wins case against Northern Properties

Chalk one up for the underdog.


Dealer caught is dealer charged

The question of an accused man's identity took centre stage at a drug-trafficking trial last Friday.




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Legally Speaking
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