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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

Nurse gets reprimand

Nunavut nurse Heather Hackney, who had responsibility for nurses in the South Baffin region at the time three-month-old infant Makibi died in Cape Dorset in 2012, has been formally reprimanded, with a five-year restriction placed on her nursing licence.

Skipper fined for offering tours without licence

A judge has rejected a Yellowknife businessman's argument that the territorial government has no jurisdiction over the waters of Great Slave Lake after he was caught offering boat tours without a tourism licence.

Man who tried to stab police with sword freed

A man who thrust a sword through a door while police officers were attempting a drug raid at a downtown apartment building is a free man after a judge credited him with time served while awaiting his sentence.

Assault case ends in mistrial

A mistrial has been granted in an assault case that's been dragging through the courts for more than five years after the Crown withheld an e-mail critical to the case.

RCMP officers felt threatened, judge hears at trial of reporter

A Yellowknifer reporter was yelling and swearing last summer while taking photos of police officers who were searching a van on a street downtown, which drew a crowd and made them feel unsafe, RCMP members said at the man's trial Wednesday.

Two lawsuits against city end quietly

Two separate lawsuits involving the city's bylaw enforcement division have been quietly dropped in the past year, court records show.

City appeals human rights ruling

The City of Yellowknife is appealing a human rights decision that found it did not do enough to accommodate a former employee.

'Violent sexual offender' facing new sex charges

A man RCMP in the NWT previously warned the public about and called a "violent sexual offender" now faces 10 new charges related to incidents in Pangnirtung, including sexual assault.

NWT judges get pay boost

The GNWT has lost an attempt to freeze the salaries of territorial court judges for four years.

Woman charged in murder of six-year-old daughter

A 28-year-old mother of four has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder following a grisly scene in Coral Harbour last month that left the woman's six-year-old daughter dead and two other children injured.

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