Role of the Council
The Judicial Council for Territorial Court Judges is established under s. 31(1) of the Territorial Court Act, RSNWT 1988, c T-2. Its purpose is to investigate complaints about the incapacity or misconduct of judges appointed to the Territorial Court.
Where appropriate, the Council may warn, reprimand, or suspend the judge, or recommend to the Minister of Justice that a judge be removed from office.
Please note the Council does not have the power to do any of the following:
- overturn (or change) a judge’s decision;
- grant appeals or new trials;
- compensate individuals;
- look into general complaints about the courts or the judicial system as a whole;
- investigate complaints about unnamed judges;
- investigate complaints about lawyers or court employees; or
- investigate complaints about judges of the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories.
Current membership of the Judicial Council for Territorial Judges can be found here.
The Rules of Procedure of the Judicial Council for Territorial Judges can be found here.
Making a Complaint
Complaints to the Council must be in writing. Council members will not discuss complaints over the telephone. Anonymous complaints are not accepted.
There is no specific form for the complaint. The complaint should include: your name and address; the name of the judge and the date of the alleged misconduct; and a detailed description of the alleged misconduct.
Mail complaints to:
Notices and Documents
Information for the media
Media inquiries can be made to email@example.com