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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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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

Firm seeks dismissal of 18-year-old lawsuit

A Yellowknife-based architecture and engineering company the NWT government blames for the destruction of a Pangnirtung school in the 1990s is asking the case be dismissed due to what it calls an "inordinate delay" in bringing the case to trial.


Rooster robber pleads guilty

A 21-year-old man who was offered a corndog during an armed robbery at The Rooster convenience store in Hay River last November has pleaded guilty to the offence.


Sahtu beneficiaries 'deeply concerned'

Some beneficiaries of the Sahtu Trust have retained lawyers and written a letter to Premier Bob McLeod, the latest development in a conflict that has included allegations of mismanagement of the trust by the board that oversees it.


Prison for Hay River sex assault

A 38-year-old man who attempted to undo a woman's pants while she slept in her bed in Hay River has been sentenced to three years in prison for sexual assault, with three years of probation to follow his incarceration.


Charlotte Lafferty's killer's ID revealed

A publication ban has been lifted on the identity of Charlotte Lafferty's killer.


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.


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.




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