Legal Service Provision in Northern Canada
Summary of Research in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon


Respondents in all three jurisdictions agreed that a connection could be made between unmet need for civil legal aid, particularly in the area of family law, and demand for criminal legal aid. Common examples include the following:

  • Unresolved child custody disputes lead to abduction of the children or spousal assault.
  • Women who are unaware of or unable to access legal services for divorce, child custody, and maintenance, remain in violent relationships (the violent spouse is eventually charged with assault).
  • Frustration over the slow resolution of family or other civil law matters results in acts of mischief or impaired driving.

For a more detailed description of the extent of unmet need in family and civil law, please refer to Section 8.

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