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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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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.

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

Court stories

Government, health care system failed Baby Makibi

A Journey Through Heartache is the title of long-awaited review into the 2012 death of an infant in Cape Dorset.


Civil forfeiture forum hears input

Proposed civil forfeiture legislation would crack down on criminal activity connected to the south, say Government of Nunavut representatives who hosted of a forum on the subject in Iqaluit Dec. 2.


Crown stays murder charge in Hay River highrise stabbing

A murder charge against a Hay River woman has been stayed, and the Crown, along with the RCMP, say the case is closed.


RCMP say use of force in arrest justified

RCMP say the use of force by an officer during an arrest of a man at the city's day shelter last week was justified, despite causing the man to lose unconsciousness for several minutes and require medical treatment.


Violent offender in custody until sentencing

A violent sex offender who was the subject of a rare public warning by police earlier this year has been found not guilty of one of the charges facing him after the court learned a seizure prevented him from checking in with police.


Ramsay defends sale to Deepak

Outgoing Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister David Ramsay says he does not regret granting Deepak International the rights to use the Polar Bear diamond trademark.


Defence calls evidence implausible

The defence lawyer for a former Nunavut teacher is hoping Justice Neil Sharkey agrees with him that the testimony of nine complainants related to 32 sex-related charges are not reliable.


Mayor won't stop seismic battle

Clyde River Mayor Jerry Natanine might not be the elected representative of the hamlet following a municipal election Dec. 14, but that won't change his campaign with Greenpeace to block seismic testing in the North.


Researcher questions Frame Lake fish demise

Tim Patterson is asking longtime Yellowknifers if they can recall how 200,000 cubic metres of refuse, including ash from what are believed to be burnt Christmas trees, wound up on the bottom of Frame Lake.


Constitutional right to NWT Catholic education blocked

Catholic educators in Alberta, NWT and Yukon didn't get the Supreme Court of Canada ruling they hoped last month, according to one Catholic district trustee.




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