Courts

  • The Territorial Court hears civil claims using a simplified procedure which allows people to more easily represent themselves. The Territorial Court hears all claims under $35,000; except matters which bring into question the title of land; bring into question an inheritance; involve malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, defamation, criminal conversation, false promise of marriage; or actions...
  • The Domestic Violence Treatment Options Court (DVTO) is an alternative court process which allows people who have used violence against a spouse to take responsibility for their behavior and receive support and counseling. The program provides opportunities for therapy and counseling that can reduce the risk of re-offending. When the police lay a charge involving...
  • Justices of the Peace are people working and living in communities throughout the NWT. They perform a variety of duties as delegated by the Chief Judge of the Territorial Court. Justices of the Peace make decisions on summary conviction matters and selected criminal matters. They regularly conduct first appearances and bail hearings (show causes). Many...
  • The Territorial Court hears the majority of criminal cases in the Northwest Territories. It holds preliminary hearings and non-jury trials in communities throughout the Northwest Territories, visiting them regularly on regional circuits. The Territorial Court schedule and list of upcoming matters are accessible by the public. The Court has jurisdiction over all summary conviction offences...
  • The Supreme Court is the superior court of record in the Northwest Territories. Its judges are appointed by the federal government. The Supreme Court is based in Yellowknife and also sits in other communities throughout the Northwest Territories as the need arises. It sits with and without a jury. It also exercises powers of judicial...
  • The Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories is the Northwest Territories’ highest appellate court. It hears criminal and civil appeals from the Supreme Court and Territorial Court. An appeal may be of an acquittal, a conviction and/or a sentence in criminal matters or a judgment or order, in the case of civil or family...
  • The Youth Justice Court is the court designated pursuant to the Youth Criminal Justice Act (Canada) and the Youth Justice Act (Northwest Territories). It hears all Criminal Code charges and territorial statute offences brought against young persons between the ages of 12 and 18, which cannot be disposed of through alternative community-based measures. Territorial Court...
  • Wellness Court is an alternative to regular criminal court that offers a supervised program designed to address the conditions that may contribute to re-offending. Many people in the criminal justice system have issues, such as mental health problems, addictions, or cognitive challenges, that often interfere with an their ability to change their lives and stay...
The list of matters set before the Courts of the Northwest Territories by location and date.