Directives regarding COVID-19

The Courts of the Northwest Territories and Court Services are issuing Directives to address the best response during the COVID-19 health emergency. Directives will evolve to meet these needs as required. Please review these regularly as the most current information will always be posted at this link.

Justice of the Peace Court

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 also carry out other duties such as conducting marriage ceremonies.

There are currently 36 active Justices of the Peace in the Northwest Territories, of whom 29 live and work in communities outside of Yellowknife. Many are able to conduct proceedings in the language of the particular community in which they serve.

Any person living in the Northwest Territories can apply to become a Justice of the Peace. Applicants are evaluated according to criteria such as their reputation within the community, understanding of the justice system, fairness, compassion, and humility.

Justice of the Peace Program
Courts of the Northwest Territories
4903 49th Street
PO Box 550
X1A 2N4

The list of matters set before the Courts of the Northwest Territories by location and date.