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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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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

Nurse's appeal gets dismissed

A judge has dismissed an appeal by a former NWT nurse over the suspension of her nursing licence and a $10,000 fine.


Sammurtok stripped of his cabinet duties

Premier Peter Taptuna stripped Rankin Inlet North and Chesterfield Inlet MLA Tom Sammurtok of his Community and Government Services portfolio April 14 after Sammurtok was charged with driving under the influence the previous day.


Clyde River states its case

Nader Hasan believes in Clyde River and its fight against seismic testing.


Arctic Council an obscure organization

The Arctic Council held a meeting in Iqaluit March 24 and 25 to pass on the chairmanship from Canada to the U.S.


Nadli steps down from committee

Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli, who is charged with assault causing bodily harm, has given up his position as chairman of the Standing Committee of Government Operations at the legislative assembly.


GNWT, Metis reach deal on caribou

The North Slave Metis Alliance says a new relationship has been forged with the territorial government after the latter agreed to allow Metis to hunt from the Bathurst caribou herd - should a ban on hunting from their decimated numbers ever be lifted.


RCMP seek help in homicide

Yellowknife RCMP appear to be no closer to solving the mystery of how John Widfladt died Dec. 14.


Crime spree nets four months in jail

A teenager who has spent time in 39 different foster homes has been sentenced to four months in custody after being convicted of a number of offences, including stealing a medical bag from a doctor that included a USB stick.


Police break up robbery ring

RCMP officers are confident they have ended a rash of robberies in the capital after arresting three men, a teenage girl and two teenage boys.


Lawyer: mistakes compromised evidence

Allegations of sloppy note-taking and discrepancies in evidence set the tone of the trial of a Hay River woman in NWT territorial court late last month.




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