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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
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

Former priest gets 19 years

Convicted child molester and former Oblate priest Eric Dejaeger was sentenced to 19 years, less eight years for time served, in a written decision by Justice Robert Kilpatrick released Feb. 4.


Bishop sentenced to 20 years

Chris Bishop, who pleaded guilty to three counts of manslaughter and two counts of attempted murder in a plea agreement Jan. 14, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison less time served.


Deepak International under fire

Deepak International is facing a lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court from a financier and was the subject of questions in the legislative assembly last week.


GNWT extends share of limited caribou harvest to Metis alliance

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has allocated 50 caribou tags to the North Slave Metis Alliance as part of an 1,800-animal aboriginal harvest of the Bluenose-East Herd, effective Feb. 9.


Outrage after no home invader warning

Police are reviewing the way they communicate with the public following two home invasions and sexual assaults this month - one that wasn't publicized until more than two-weeks after the fact.


Former Deline nurse appeals suspension

A suspended NWT nurse said she is appealing a finding of unprofessional conduct against her because "she doesn't want the lie to win."


RCMP urge end to silence on sex abuse

After the trial and sentencing of former Oblate priest Eric Dejaeger was finally completed, Nunavut RCMP took the opportunity to speak out against child sexual assault.


Yk doc key in assisted suicide ruling

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

In the Supreme Court of Canada's recent ruling in favour of medically assisted suicide, a resolution drafted by Dr. Ewan Affleck was one of the points of consideration.


Rehabilitation over punishment

Tuktoyaktuk youth who find themselves in trouble with the law now have an alternative to court.




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