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.

Justices of the Peace

Justices of the Peace are people working and living in communities throughout the NWT. They perform a variety of duties as authorized 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.