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.

Youth Justice Court

The Youth Justice Court is the court designated pursuant to the Youth Criminal Justice Act (Canada) and the Youth Justice Act (Northwest Territories). It hears all Criminal Code charges and territorial statute offences brought against young persons between the ages of 12 and 18, which cannot be disposed of through alternative community-based measures.

Territorial Court Judges are Youth Court judges by virtue of their appointment and they preside over youth matters as part of the regular sittings in Yellowknife and throughout the Territories on regular circuits.

The schedule for Youth Court can be found here.

Names of youth cannot be searched due to restrictions on the publication of identity pursuant to the Youth Criminal Justice Act and Youth Justice Act.

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