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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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NWT Court Schedule
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NWT Court Library System
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Nunavut Court Decisions
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NWT Court Decisions
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Meet the Judges of Nunavut
Short biographies of Nunavut's judges.

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

'I have committed no new crimes'

A man convicted of two brutal sex assaults against children 10 years ago says he just wants to get on with his life as news of his return stoked fears across the city last week.


Car hoarder taken to court

The territorial government is pursuing court action against a man who abandoned hundreds of vehicles and other debris on a site off Highway 3 earlier this year.


Police warn of sex offender's return

Yellowknife RCMP are warning residents to be on the lookout for a violent sex offender who has returned to Yellowknife after sexually assaulting two young girls in 2002.


Wrigley man gets two years in jail

A Wrigley man has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a female friend at a campground on June 2, 2013.


Third man ensnared in bogus cheque-cashing scheme

A third man ensnared in a scheme targeting street people to cash bogus cheques has been sentenced to one day in jail, a year's probation and 50 hours of community service.


Man held in custody while community seeks answers

Donovan Iyerak, 27, made his first appearance by video in Iqaluit court Sept. 7 in relation to a shooting spree in Iglulik three days prior, where a man on a snowmobile drove around the community, shooting at the RCMP detachment and vehicles and other buildings.


Det'on Cho sued for $100,000

Bassett Petroleum Distributors Ltd. is suing Det'on Cho Construction Ltd. for $97,263 plus interest, claiming the Yellowknives Dene-owned company owes for unpaid fuel deliveries.


Wellness court comes to the NWT

History was made in the NWT on Thursday with the first ever sitting of the territory's new Wellness Court.


City refuses to talk about bylaw arrest powers

City officials are refusing to discuss their bylaw officers' powers of arrest after a video surfaced over the weekend showing municipal enforcement officers pulling a senior citizen out of his vehicle and taking him to the ground.


Caught on video

A Yellowknife man is contemplating his next move after he said he was assaulted by a municipal enforcement officer.




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