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.


The Canadian Bankers Association (“CBA”) has provided us with an updated list of bank officials to contact in the case of delays in the discharge of mortgages. The CBA has requested that it be made available to lawyers immediately. Click here for the document.

Court Registry

The Courthouse is now open over the lunch hour  for public  access to the NWT Court Registry. This will continue until March 31, 2016, at which time demand will be evaluated, and a decision  will be made as to whether the Court Registry will continue to be open from 12-1pm.

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.

Physician- Assisted Dying

Last February, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down the federal law prohibiting physician-assisted dying (Carter v. Canada). The Supreme Court suspended its decision for twelve months, until February 6, 2016. An Expert Advisory Group was responsible for providing advice on the development of policies, practices and safeguards for jusrisdictions to consider when physician-assisted dying is implemented. The Final Report, which included 43 non-binding recommendations, was released in December 2015, and can be read here. The GNWT's Department of health and Social services is one of the lead Departments involved in the future of physician-assisted dying in the NWT, and are seeking input on the recommendations before moving forward. Please send your comments  to by Monday, February 15, 2016.

Pacific Business And Law Institute

The PBLI s offering a course entitled Aboriginal Law 2016: Curent Issues  on March 9th and 10th at UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC.

"The state of Aboriginal Law in Canada is constantly evolving, and for those working in this dynamic area, including those who advise First Nations or governments, it is essential to remain current on the latest developments."

Key areas addressed are important developments in case law and legislation, changes under the new Federal government, rconciliation with First Nations, property taxation by First Nations and overlapping claims.
Register here.




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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