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.

Civil Claims

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 against a justice of the peace for something done during the course of his or her duties, which are matters only the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories may deal with.

All civil claims are subject to a mandatory mediation session with a judge. Information on judicial mediation for civil claims can be found here.

The Civil Claims Rules are in force as of January 1st, 2017. They can be found here.

Civil Claims forms can be found here.

Please note that some fees associated with civil claims have changed and are specified in the Court Services Fees Regulations.

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