Department of Justice COVID-19 Updates

Updated: March 20, 2020 12:10 p.m.

In this section:

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.

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

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

All Rental Office services for in-person inquiries or hearings are suspended effective immediately. Services will continue by phone and email until further notice. If you currently have a hearing scheduled by teleconference, it will NOT change. Residents who have hearings scheduled in-person will be contacted to re-schedule to a telephone conference format. 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.

Public Trustee Office

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