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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
People and companies appearing before Northwest Territorial Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal.

Nunavut Court Schedule
People and companies appearing before Nunavut Territorial Court, Court Schedules, Rules of Court, and Practice Directives.

NWT Court Library System
Search for legal records via Keyword(s) - Style of Cause, Subject, Name of Judge, and/or Docket #.

Nunavut Court Decisions
Search for legal records in Nunavut by statute name, case name, citation, docket number.

NWT Court Decisions
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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

Court Briefs: Renter loses pet appeal in Supreme Court

A woman facing eviction for having two cats in her low-income apartment has lost her appeal and will be evicted by August.


Defence attacks witnesses' testimony

Final arguments were heard last week in the trial of Eric Dejaeger, a former Oblate priest facing dozens of charges for sex-related offences in Iglulik alleged to have occurred three decades ago.


A long but worthwhile journey

Cindy Allen has learned how to keep her life balanced. The single mother of two received a law degree from the University of British Columbia the weekend of May 24.


'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.


City sued over Government Dock

An Old Town business owner's dispute with the city over Government Dock is heading to court.


15 months not enough: judge

A territorial court judge gave warning to Crown and defence lawyers Friday, after hinting their suggested sentence of 15 months in jail for a man with gang connections was too lax.


Mountie assault details kept private

The justice department is keeping quiet about the case of a Mountie who admitted to assaulting a prisoner in March 2013 and had his charge stayed after attending a community justice hearing.


Assault charge stayed against Mountie

Charges against an RCMP officer for assaulting a prisoner at the Yellowknife courthouse have been stayed after the officer admitted to a community justice committee that he assaulted the man.


Man caught in RCMP raids faces jail

The prosecution secured a conviction Thursday against a man they say is high ranking member of a drug dealing operation in Yellowknife.


Contractor given fine of $15,000

A local contractor received a $15,000 fine and was sentenced to seven months probation last week after he plead guilty to a charge under the Northwest Territories' Safety Act.




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Legally Speaking
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