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.