The Judicial Council for Territorial Judges reviews and investigates allegations made against a territorial court judge. The Judicial Council may refer the complaint to the Chief Judge, a mediator, or hold a hearing.
Government of the Northwest Territories
Department of Justice
Territorial Court Act (NWT)
Members include a judge of the Court of Appeal; the senior judge of the Supreme Court; the Chief Judge; one appointed by the Law Society; and two appointed by the Commissioner in Executive Council who are neither judges nor members or former members of a law society in Canada.
There can be five alternate members.
The Chairperson is the senior judge of the Supreme Court or, where circumstances requires, the next most senior judge of the Supreme Court.
There is no Vice-Chairperson.
Quorum is four members, including two members who are judges and two members who are not.
Members are appointed by the respective appointing authority under section 31 of the Territorial Court Act (NWT).
A member holds office for a term of four years. Ex-officio members hold office during good behaviour.
Time and Travel Requirements
Minimal time and travel required as the Council only convenes if there is a formal complaint made against a territorial judge.
Historically, members have not received any remuneration for serving on the Judicial Council for territorial judges.
Members appointed by the Law Society of the Northwest Territories or the Commissioner in Executive Council may not be an employee in the public service.
If a member of the Council becomes an employee in the public service during his or her appointment, membership is revoked.
The Act requires that in making appointments to the Council, consideration shall be given to the diversity of the population and the gender balance of the Territories.
|Position||Appointee||Term Start||Term Expiry||Number of Terms||Appointed By||Nominating Authority|
(Senior Judge of the Supreme Court)
|The Hon. Justice L.A. Charbonneau||2015-05-01||Ex-Officio||n/a||Ex-Officio|
(Designate of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal)
|The Hon. Chief Justice Catherine Fraser||2009-01-01||At Pleasure||n/a||Ex-Officio|
|The Hon. Chief Judge Robert Gorin||2019-09-19||Ex-Officio||n/a||Ex-Officio|
|Larry Innes||2020-04-01||2022-03-31||1st term||Law Society of the Northwest Territories|
|Sheldon Toner||2021-08-10||2022-03-31||1st term||Law Society of the Northwest Territories|
|6. Member||Colin Baile||2021-07-08||2025-07-07||1st term||Commissioner in Executive Council|
|7. Member||Michelle Lewis||2021-07-08||2025-07-07||1st term||Commissioner in Executive Council|
|8. Alternate||Patrick Scott||2021-07-08||2025-07-07||1st term||Commissioner in Executive Council|