In the Northwest Territories, court workers help people who come into contact with the justice system. Their primary duty is to help clients apply for legal aid and ensure that applications and supporting documentation are provided to the Legal Aid office.
Note: Staff travel to communities where no resident staff exist.
Court workers also provide general information and referrals to services inside and outside the justice system. They are an important liaison between clients and lawyers and the justice system - particularly in more remote communities which do not have the benefit of resident lawyers and where justice is primarily accessed through the court circuit system.
Court workers also play a direct role in public legal education through their daily contact with clients, providing information and guidance with respect to the court system and through their referral to other services. Court workers provide legal education through their work with school classes and community justice committees, and promote the program by attending community career fairs, placing public announcements on the radio and providing information at seminars and programs in their communities. Some court workers also sit on community inter-agency committees.