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.

Sitting schedule

This page provides information about planned court sittings in the Northwest Territories. The court dockets provide detailed information about matters to be heard during specific sittings.

Court of Appeal scheduling

Regular sittings of the Court of Appeal are held in Yellowknife four times per year. List scheduling is held four times per year to speak to the Court of Appeal pending list of outstanding appeals.

Supreme Court scheduling

Regular chambers sittings of the Supreme Court are held in Yellowknife as follows:

  • Criminal chambers on Mondays at 10:00 AM in courtroom 101
  • Family chambers on Thursdays at 10:00 AM in courtroom 301
  • Protection Against Family Violence chambers on Thursdays as required at 2:00 PM in courtroom 301
  • Civil chambers on Fridays at 10:00 AM in courtroom 301

Matters may be scheduled to regular chambers dates without prior approval of the court (i.e. returnable date on originating documents) but are limited to 30 minutes. For matters that are expected to take more than 30 minutes a special chambers date must be sought from the Office of the Clerk.

Criminal list scheduling is held four times per year to establish the Supreme Court criminal pending list.

Territorial Court scheduling

Community sittings for the Territorial Court are set at least 6 months in advance. A scheduled sitting in a community may be cancelled and/or rescheduled with short notice. Please contact your local Court Registry office to confirm the sitting.

Accessing the schedules for judges and managers requires a password.

Justice of the Peace Court scheduling

Community sittings for the Justice of the Peace Court are set 6 months in advance. A scheduled sitting in a community may be cancelled and/or rescheduled with short notice. Please contact your local Court Registry office or RCMP detachment to confirm the sitting, or to add a docket to the schedule.

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