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.


Office Closure
June 26, 2015

Be advised the office of the Law Society of the NWT will be closed from June 29 to July 3, 2015.

During this time, deliveries may be left at Office Compliments, 2nd Floor Diamond Plaza, 5204 50th Avenue. For urgent matters, please contact Margo Nightingale, President.

Justice Mahar Appointed to Supreme Court of the NWT
June 1, 2015

The Law Society of the NWT welcomes the May 28, 2015 announcement that the Honourable Andrew M. Mahar has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories.  He replaces Madam Justice V.A. Schuler who retired on April 30, 2015.

Justice Mahar received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto in 1990.  He was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1992 and he practised criminal law in Toronto from 1992 to 1994. He became a member of the Law Society of the NWT in 1994 and worked as the Clinic Director of the Kitikmeot Law Centre of the Legal Aid Clinic in Cambridge Bay from 1994 to 1997.  He continued his defence practise in Yellowknife from 1997 to 2001. 

After 2001, Justice Mahar worked as a sole practitioner, primarily in Iqaluit.   He was President of the Law Society of Nunavut from 2006 to 2008 and was appointed to the Nunavut Court of Justice in 2012.

Justice Mahar's appointment takes effect immediately.

Law Society Adopts New Code of Conduct
April 1, 2015

The new NWT Code of Professional Conduct came into force on April 1st, 2015, replacing the previously-adopted CBA Code of Professional Conduct.  The PDF version is available for download under Act, Rules & Policies.

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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