COVID-19

Since March 2020, the Courts of the Northwest Territories have issued Directives in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. These Directives were adjusted over time, to reflect the evolution of the public health situation. All the measures that had been put in place have been lifted and all court operations have returned to normal until further notice.

Changes to court schedules in observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th, the Courts of the Northwest Territories have directed that no hearings be scheduled on that day. This has been reflected on the posted court schedules commencing in 2021 and will be observed annually. Emergency hearings and statutorily required hearings such as appearances before Justices of the Peace following arrest may be scheduled as required.

Courts

  • 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 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 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 list of persons and businesses appearing in court today, and the location and time of the sitting in which...