Nunavut court looking for justices of the peace in 12 communities
People appointed to role responsible for conducting marriages, hearing some court cases
Updated on June 15 at 9:45 a.m.
The Nunavut Court of Justice is looking for people interested in becoming a justice of the peace in several communities across the territory.
People are needed to fill the role in Kimmirut, Clyde River, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Sanirajak, Resolute Bay, Naujaat, Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven, Kugluktuk, Sanikiluaq and Arctic Bay.
The role comes with responsibilities that include presiding over court cases, conducting bail hearings, signing search warrants and conducting marriages.
Those appointed will receive specialized training, according to the posting.
The request for applicants does not list a legal background in the requirements to apply — applicants need to be at least 19 years old and a resident of Nunavut for the past 12 months.
The court’s appointment committee also considers an applicant’s knowledge of the community, and knowledge of Inuit language and societal values.
According to Nunavut’s Justice of the Peace Act, anybody who is appointed may remain in the role until they reach 75 years of age, leave Nunavut, or are removed from his or her post for reasons laid out in the act.
The court asks anybody interested in applying to send in a resume, cover letter and three references along with documentation that proves they meet the eligibility criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The committee that considers the applicants is composed of a member recommended by a senior judge; a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice; a justice of the peace; and two members of the public who are not Government of Nunavut employees.
There is no deadline to apply.
Correction: This article has been updated to reflect the current policy that sets out who sits on the committee that considers applicants to become a justice of the peace.