Directives regarding COVID-19

The Courts of the Northwest Territories and Court Services are issuing Directives to address the best response during the COVID-19 health emergency. Directives will evolve to meet these needs as required. Please review these regularly as the most current information will always be posted at this link.

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.

The court registry is operated by the Department of Justice, and is the public office of the courts taking care of day-to-day filings and business activities.

NWT Courts response to COVID 19

The Courts of the Northwest Territories have issued Directives that affect court sittings effective immediately in response to the spread of COVID 19. The Directives and this page will be updated immediately in the event of any changes.

Changes to Supreme Court hearings are effective immediately.

View the full Directive here: Supreme Court Directive on COVID-19 *Last updated on January 4, 2022

Changes to Territorial Court hearings are effective immediately.

View the full Directive here: Territorial Court Directive on COVID-19 *last updated on December 31, 2021

Changes to the way service is being offered by court registries are effective immediately.

View the full notice here: Registry service resumption notice on COVID-19 *last updated on July 15, 2020.

See this summary of COVID-19 precautions that are in place for court hearings. *last updated July 30, 2021

For further information please contact the nearest court registry

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