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Suspension of Nunavut court circuit extended into July

The suspension of Nunavut’s court circuit, which was originally shutdown until May 14 due to Covid-19, has now been prolonged until early July.

Some aspects of court operations have been able to proceed such as bail hearings, bail reviews, Section 525 detention reviews, peace bonds, sentencings, dangerous offender applications, emergency family law applications, child welfare dockets and Family Abuse Intervention Act matters.

A designated assignment court for criminal matters will take place June 1-5 via three telephone courts held simultaneously. Courtrooms will be dedicated to hear in-custody, out-of-custody, or justice of the peace matters.

“The court acknowledges the efforts of the bar and court services staff over the past month and a half. The ingenuity and flexible approaches to technology demonstrated by counsel and staff have ensured the continued administration of Justice in Nunavut through this uncertain period,” states a Friday news release approved by Chief Justice Neil Sharkey. “The (Nunavut Court of Justice) looks forward to continuing working with counsel in aid of expanding judicial service offerings. Counsel will continue to be encouraged to bring forward any matter suitable for hearing through a
remote appearance.”