The Court Registry receives, issues and/or files documents and fees, enters and records all judgements pronounced and provides administrative support to the judiciary. The Court Registry also issues, files and retains original divorce certificates.
Documents may be certified, commissioned and/or notarized at the court registry and searches of court files, fine payments, etc. may also be performed. Please note some files are restricted by statute or order. There may be a fee for services. A Divorce Certificate is the document that states a Divorce Judgment is now in effect. When a Divorce Judgment is granted, the parties have 31 days to appeal it. When that period has expired and no appeals have been received, the parties apply to have a Divorce Certificate issued. The document requesting that a Certificate be issued is usually prepared by the party or their counsel. The original certificate is filed and retained on the Court file and the parties receive certified copies of it. A certified copy is also sent to Vital Statistics. NWT Courts travel to most communities for court circuit. Many communities have resident Justices of the Peace who hold court when required.