Law Society of the Northwest Territories

Practising in the North

Photo Credit: Scott Lough.

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.


Law Library Closure, Proposed Law Resource Centre

Follow this link to a letter from Mr. Martin Goldney, Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice, regarding the closure of the M. M. deWeerdt Law Library and the Department's plans to ensure that legal resources continue to be readily available to the legal community and the public.


Joint LSNT/CBA-NT Statement of Reconciliation in Response To TRC Calls to Action

On June 21, 2016, Law Society of the Northwest Territories President Shannon Cumming presented a Statement of Reconciliation in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

The Law Society of the Northwest Territories (LSNT) and the Canadian Bar Association, Northwest Territories Branch (CBA-NT) established a working group to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. The drafting of a statement of reconciliation was part of their work and was endorsed by the Executives of the LSNT and CBA-NT.   LSNT President Shannon Cumming read the joint Statement of Reconciliation to a large crowd of people gathered at the National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Yellowknife's Somba K’e Park.

The text of the Statement of Reconciliation can be found here.

The complete report from the working group to the Executives of the LSNT and CBA-NT can be found here.

NWT Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories will be revising its rules respecting civil appeals with a view to overall modernization and increased efficiency. Comments and input from the members of the Bar and the federal and territorial Justice departments are welcomed as a part of this process.

A draft copy of the proposed new rules can be found here. Comments should be provided in writing to either Justice K. M. Shaner or Justice L. A. Charbonneau by Oct. 31, 2016. The mailing address for the Court of Appeal of the Northwest Territories is:

The Court of Appeal of the Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 550
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

NWT Access to Justice Committe

The NWT Access to Justice Committee (“the Committee”) is pleased to share two new documents prepared for the Committee by Aggie Brockman with a grant from the Law Foundation:

The “NWT Justice Services, Programs and Resources Inventory” will assist frontline workers, justice professionals and members of the public seeking assistance, legal information or direction to services and other justice resources.

The “Inventory Project Report” provides context to the Inventory’s content and organization and discusses the importance of maintaining the currency of the document.  It also provides research participants’ views on existing barriers to access to justice and gaps in the justice system that negatively impact access to justice for NWT residents.

Court Registry

The Courthouse continues to be open over the lunch hour  for public  access to the NWT Court Registry. This will continue while the experimental extended hours are assessed.

The front doors of the Court House are no longer locked at 12 noon,and elevators have been adjusted to allow the general public access to the 3rd floor. However, access to all other floors will continue to be restricted from 12 –1pm.

Related Sites

Northwest Territories Law Foundation

Canadian Bar Association (NWT Branch)

Northwest Territories Courts

Department of Justice
Government of the Northwest Territories