The Civil Registry deals with the administration of all court matters that are not dealt with in Criminal Court. 


This includes:


Small Claims             Probate                                  Adoptions and Custom Adoptions

Divorce                      Change of Name                   Family Law                Children’s Law

Child Welfare            Civil Litigation                       Bankruptcy


Going to court involves a lot of paperwork and procedures.  The Civil Registry’s primary function is to receive and accept the documents required for civil matters. The Civil Registry also handles documents for the Nunavut Court of Appeal for both civil and criminal appeals.  For more information about the Nunavut Court of Appeal, click here. 


The procedures for dealing with Civil matters including how documents must be prepared is set out by the Nunavut Rules of Court and Practice Directives that are issued by the NCJ.  There are general rules for civil matters and special rules for different types of matters, like Family Law, Probate and Small Claims. 


You can find the different Rules of Court here.  You can find the NCJ Practice Directives here. It is important to read the Rules and Practice Directives that relate to Civil Court.


The Civil Registry is also responsible for Small Claims.  If you believe someone owes you money and the amount is $20,000 or less, you are required to go through the Small Claims process.  The Court also has guides to help understand the small claims process.  You can find those here.


Civil Clerks sit in court with judges during civil court matters.  They are required to open and close court, keep track and monitor court recordings, accept documents and exhibits in court, swear in witnesses, and provide whatever assistance a judge on at a court sitting needs.


An important part of the role of a Civil Clerk is to make sure that documents that are being filed with the Court follow the rules of court and the practice directives. Civil Clerks are not lawyers.  They are not able to give legal advice to people about court matters or legal issues.   



Iqaluit Civil Registry


Address: Nunavut Justice Centre (Bldg 510)  PO Box 297  Iqaluit NU X0A 0H0 Canada

Call: 867-975-6102 or Toll Free 1-866-286-0546

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Fax: 1-867-975-6550

Filing Hours: 9:30 am – 12 noon (EST) and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm