The Northwest Territories Law Foundation was established pursuant to Part VII of the Legal Profession Act for the purpose of receiving the interest which banks must pay on client’s funds held by lawyers in mixed trust accounts. It is similar in form to Law Foundations established in most provinces.
The objects of the Law Foundation are to use the funds collected in this manner to provide funding in the following areas:
- Conducting research into and recommending reform of law and the administration of justice;
- establishing, maintaining and operating law libraries;
- contributing to the legal education and knowledge of members and the people of the Territories and providing programs and facilities for that purpose;
- providing assistance to legal aid programs and programs of a similar nature;
- contributing to the Assurance Fund; and
- doing all other things that are, in the opinion of the board, incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objects.
The NWT Law Foundation has funds available to assist groups aligned with the objectives of the organization.
The NWT Law Foundation/Graeme Garson Scholarship Fund offers grants to NWT students attending Law School.
A fund in the memory of the late John U. Bayly, Q.C. to encourage and facilitate the development of mediation skills.