Law Society of the Northwest Territories

Practising in the North

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The Law Society of the Northwest Territories is the governing body for all lawyers in the NWT.  Its mandate is to ensure the public is well-served by a legal profession that is independent, responsible and responsive.


Public hearings on Bill 55: Mental Health Act

July 14, 2015 - Members of the Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Social programs will be conducting public hearings on Bill 55: Mental Health Act. The bill will replace the current Mental Health Act, which is outdated and is now out of step with mental-health legislation elsewhere in Canada.

The Committee is pleased to inform you that it will convene public hearings throughout the territory during late summer and early fall 2015.

Please find attached a letter from the Committee inviting the general public to attend a meeting and express views on Bill 55. Public Hearings - Mental Health Act.

Introducing our new Communication and Planning Coordinator

July 13, 2015 - The Law Society of the Northwest Territories is very pleased to welcome Sebastian de Lange as the Communications and Planning Coordinator.

Sebastian is originally from the Netherlands and has lived in Yellowknife for almost two years. Sebastian obtained his civil law degree outside Canada and recently completed a masterís degree in International Public Law at Tilburg University.

In recent years, Sebastian provided communications advice and support for several international organizations, mainly in Asia. In Yellowknife, he provided administrative support to Field Law LLP and the College Nordique Francophone. Sebastian also enjoys volunteering with CASARA search and rescue.

Sebastian comments: "I am very much looking forward to meeting and connecting with all members of the Law Society. It will be an exciting opportunity to coordinate the Continuing Professional Development program and I would love to receive Memberís input on how to go forward with the CPD programĒ.

Need assistance from our office?

July 13, 2015 - While the Executive Director Search Committee continues its efforts, all inquiries can be directed to Liz Jackson ( (867) 873-3828, or Sebastian de Lange ( If they are unable to help, they will direct your inquiry to a member of the Executive.


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Related Sites

Northwest Territories Law Foundation

Canadian Bar Association (NWT Branch)

Northwest Territories Courts

Department of Justice
Government of the Northwest Territories