Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Legal Aid (Northwest Territories)

Northwest Territories

Type of service
Family Court Services

Services offered
The Legal Aid Commission provides legal representation to eligible persons through staff lawyers and private bar lawyers who apply to the civil law panel of the Legal Aid Commission. There are three legal aid offices providing services: the Yellowknife Legal Aid Clinic the Somba K’e Legal Aid Clinic and the Community Legal Aid Clinic. All clinics are located in Yellowknife. Legal Aid is provided after determining financial eligibility and the receipt of an opinion on the merits of the case. Legal Aid is available for a range of family law matters, such as custody, access, child support, spousal support, restraining orders, child protection, variations of existing orders, divorce when related to child support, custody or access and on a limited basis for some matters involving division of property. Legal Aid also provides outreach services to assist persons of limited means. To date, outreach services have been delivered in nearly every community in the Northwest Territories. The Outreach program is expanding to offer duty counsel services in both Supreme Court family chambers and Territorial Court child protection proceedings.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Department of Justice

How to access this service
You can contact Legal Aid yourself by email or telephone, or by stopping by in person for those who are visiting Yellowknife. There are afternoon drop-in clinics at the Outreach Legal Aid Clinic every Monday morning, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Court workers or community agencies may also refer cases to the clinic or to Legal Aid’s head office.

Services available throughout the Northwest Territories from clinics located in Yellowknife and by the virtue of community-based Aboriginal Court Workers.
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Services are available in Tli Cho, English, and French. Interpreters are available for other languages if necessary.

Further information on Legal Aid can be found online at:

There is no charge for individuals who meet the financial eligibility criteria. Some who are not fully eligible may contribute to the costs of the service.

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Legal Aid Act (PDF) and Regulations (PDF).

Contact person(s)
Executive Director
Legal Aid Commission
Toll free: 1-844-835-8050

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