Department of Justice COVID-19 Updates

Updated: May 12, 2020 2:52 p.m.

Daily updates on GNWT response to COVID-19

The most current information on the GNWT response to COVID-19 for NWT residents,including Daily Updates, is on the main GNWT site.

In this section:

How inmates and Corrections staff are being protected

Information on the response to the COVID-19 health emergency and how inmates and staff are being protected in the NWT Corrections facilities

Changes to Supreme and Territorial Courts sittings

The most current information on sittings for the Supreme and Territorial Courts

Court Registries and Sheriff's Office

Court Services have suspended in-person services for all Court Registries offices and Sheriff's Offices. Drop off boxes for court documents are located at the front doors of the Yellowknife and Hay River Courthouses. Online fine payments are available at any time. If you need assistance during business hours, please contact the appropriate registry.

Parenting After Separation Workshops

Parenting After Separation Workshops will continue through the use of webinars to lower any risk of COVID-19 transmission. This will be in effect until further notice.

All in-person Outreach Legal Aid Services are suspended until further notice. All community clinics for walk-in clients are cancelled, however, services will continue over the telephone and by email.

Legal Aid - Regular Clinics

All clinics and offices, including regional offices, are closed for in-person contact effective March 17, 2020 until further notice. Clients are encouraged to make their inquiries by phone or email. Clients can access telephone numbers for clinics and Legal Aid workers for all communities. Legal Aid Services continue to be delivered through phone and email communication with our clients, other counsel and justice system partners, all of whom are working together to minimize disruption while ensuring health and safety.

Rental Office

New Regulations are now in effect as of April 9, 2020 to allow tenants to defer their rental payments. Rental Office services will only be available by phone or email. Residents who have hearings scheduled in-person will be contacted to re-schedule to a telephone conference format. If you currently have a hearing scheduled by teleconference, it will NOT change. This will be in effect until further notice.

Corrections Facilities

For the safety of everyone within the correctional facilities and in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, effective March 18, 2020, all personal visitors are suspended unless for exceptional circumstances such as family death or illness. Confidential in-person meetings with official visitors (such as legal counsel, spiritual advisors and Elders) will be accommodated as much as possible without permitting direct personal contact.

Probation Services

For Probation Services effective March 18, 2020, all mandatory reporting by clients will be done only by telephone. Probation offices will not be accessible in person. If you need to check-in with your probation officer, you can only do so over the phone. Community Supervision will continue, however, modifications will be made to accomplish this task while reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Legal Registries Offices

With the exception of limited services in the Land Titles Office, offices in Legal Registries are closed for the immediate future due to social distancing and health and safety precautions. Please refer to each webpage for any online services that may be available.

Corporate Registries Office

Effective April 6, the Corporate Registries office will be open for limited services excluding in-person service. Document submissions may be made by placing the documents in the drop box in the lobby of the Stuart M. Hodgson Building between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon. All documents must be in a sealed envelope and must include contact information and payment. Online search services continue to be available.

Non-profit Societies and AGMs

Societies may, if permitted by their bylaws or if all members are in agreement, hold an AGM by means other than in-person in order to comply with any Health orders to limit gatherings. NOTE: Corporate Registries will not be dissolving any societies for failing to file their Notices of Directors and financial statements due to their inability to hold an AGM because of the COVID-19 health emergency.

Public Trustee Office

The Public Trustee Office has suspended services in person and the office is closed. Services are still being provided by phone.