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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

Akaitcho seek GNWT court challenge

Members from four Treaty 8 First Nations gave their leadership a mandate to take the GNWT to court over its enforcement of the NWT Wildlife Act at the 22nd-annual Akaitcho Assembly in Dettah at the Chief Drygeese centre last week.


Mayor 'furious' about seismic testing

It's a decision that will send shock waves through the waters off Baffin Island, and the National Energy Board's decision to allow seismic testing in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait is causing a similar reaction among residents of shoreline communities.


Credit for time served rule changes unconstitutional: NWT Supreme Court

An NWT Supreme Court Justice made a precedent- setting decision last week when she ruled against federal changes to the criminal code.


Home intruder busted by youth with smartphone

A prowler was no match last week for a cool-headed 12-year-old with a new smartphone.


Cash carrier convicted

A man caught with $37,650 cash bundled in stacks of $5,000 and neatly vacuum-packed in plastic bags was handed an 18-month conditional sentence last week for possessing the proceeds of crime.


Peel watershed trial begins today

Members of the Gwich'in Tribal Council will appear in Yukon Supreme Court this week for the opening of the Peel watershed trial.


Sexually assaulted sitting in restaurant

A B.C. woman experienced a harrowing first-time trip to Inuvik last month.


Court Briefs: Manslaughter case back in court

A Yellowknife man charged with manslaughter has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.


Breaking the silence

In the summer of 1990, 15-year-old Charlene Catholique from Lutsel K'e left Behchoko to hitch a ride to Yellowknife. She'd been visiting friends after attending a Dene National Assembly in Yellowknife. She was last seen on the highway near Behchoko junction, walking south.


'Unconscionable' agreements

Residential school claimants in Nunavut bilked of a portion of their settlement awards by unscrupulous form-filling companies under the independent assessment process (IAP) will need to be reimbursed following a court ruling.




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