Courts in Canada

Courts in Canada help people resolve disputes fairly – whether they are between individuals, or between individuals and the state. At the same time, courts interpret and pronounce law, set standards, and decide questions that affect all aspects of Canadian society.

Canada’s judiciary is one branch of the system of government, the others being the legislature and the executive. Whereas the judiciary resolves disputes according to law – including disputes about how legislative and executive powers are exercised – the legislature (Parliament) has the power to make, alter and repeal laws. The executive branch (in particular, the prime minister and ministers, the public service, as well as a variety of agencies, boards, and commissions) is responsible for administering and enforcing the laws.

Structure of the Canada Court System

How to pay Court fine in Canada?

Ways to pay a fine

  • Online payment with a credit card.
  • Telephone with a credit card. Call toll free to the court registry nearest you.
  • Mail a cheque or money order to a court registry.
  • In-person visit to a court registry.

Yellowknife Court Registry
Address: 4903 – 49th St PO Box 550 Yellowknife NT X1A 2N4 Canada


Phone: 1‑867‑767‑9289 (Territorial Court)

1‑867‑767‑9288 (Supreme Court)

1‑866‑822‑5864 toll-free

  Fax: 1‑867‑873‑0291

Working Hours: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Hay River Court Registry

Address: 201 – 8 Capital Drive Hay River NT X0E 1G2 Canada


Phone: 1‑867‑874‑6509

1‑866‑885‑2535 toll-free

  Fax: 1‑867‑874‑6731

Working Hours: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Inuvik Court Registry

Address: 151 Mackenzie Road PO Box 1965 Inuvik NT X0E 0T0 Canada


Phone: 1‑867‑777‑7300

1‑866‑344‑3940 toll-free

  Fax: 1‑867‑777‑3634

If you are unable to pay your fine, you may be eligible to perform community service work instead under the fine option program.

You may be eligible to participate in the Fine Option Program if a court:

  • has imposed a fine not exceeding $2,000.00; and
  • has no outstanding warrants, charges or appeals;
  • be eligible for a pass if you are currently in jail.

Community Justice

Department of Justice Government of the Northwest Territories

Address: 4903 49th St PO Box 1320 Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9 Canada


Phone: 1‑867‑767‑9261 1‑867‑873‑0199

How to Pay your fine Online?

  1. Visit the above link
  2. Enter the name and date of birth
  3. Click “Search”

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