Legal Aid, Courtworker, and Public Legal Education and Information Needs in the Northwest Territories


Table 4: Criminal Legal Aid Clients Served, by Case Type

Offences against the Person
Offence 1999 – 2000 2000 – 2001 2001 – 2002
# of Approved Cases % of Total # of Approved Cases % of Total # of Approved Cases % of Total
Murder/Attempted Murder/Manslaughter 5 1% 2 0% 4 1%
Sexual Offences 107 16% 74 17% 49 11%
Robbery 12 2% 12 3% 11 2%
Kidnapping 7 1% 3 1% 0 0%
Assault 296 44% 179 41% 181 39%

Offences Against Property
Offence 1999 – 2000 2000 – 2001 2001 – 2002
# of Approved Cases % of Total # of Approved Cases % of Total # of Approved Cases % of Total
Theft over $5000 10 2% 2 0% 2 0%
Theft under $5000 7 1% 9 2% 9 2%
B & E 46 7% 34 8% 48 10%
Possession of Stolen Property 3 1% 5 1% 8 2%

Justice Administration Offences
Offence 1999 – 2000 2000 – 2001 2001 – 2002
# of Approved Cases % of Total # of Approved Cases % of Total # of Approved Cases % of Total
Escaped Custody 8 1% 2 0% 1 0%
Breach of Probation 7 1% 4 1% 8 2%

Other CCC Offences
Offence 1999 – 2000 2000 – 2001 2001 – 2002
# of Approved Cases % of Total # of Approved Cases % of Total # of Approved Cases % of Total
Weapons 25 4% 19 4% 25 5%
Fraud 6 1% 3 1% 5 1%
Mischief 15 2% 9 2% 16 4%
MV Offences 20 3% 16 4% 26 6%
Other CC offences 50 8% 23 5% 35 8%

Other Statutes
Offence 1999 – 2000 2000 – 2001 2001 – 2002
# of Approved Cases % of Total # of Approved Cases % of Total # of Approved Cases % of Total
Territorial/Federal 2 0% 8 2% 20 4%
Narcotics/F&D Act 44 7% 37 8% 13 3%
Total 670 101% 441 100% 461 100%

Notes:

  1. Source: Legal Services Access to Justice claims.
  2. “Approved cases” is the total of “approved,” “pending” and “concluded” cases.
  3. Percentages do not necessarily total 100% due to rounding.
  4. This table does not include clients served by duty counsel lawyers under presumed eligibility.
  5. Data for 1999–2000 include clients from what is now Nunavut.
  6. Youth cases as percentage of total cases are 8% in 1999–2000, 10% in 2000–2001, and 8% in 2001–2002.
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