top of page
Court hearing

Independent Legal Advice & Representation (ILAR) Program 

The ILAR program helps survivors of family violence and/or sexualized violence explore their legal options with free legal advice and/or legal representation. 

For questions or to complete an intake, e-mail or call the ILAR Coordinator at 867-765-8670.

About the ILAR Program 

The ILAR program is available for anyone who has experienced family violence, sexual violence, or has legal concerns about an Emergency Protection Order. 

The ILAR program helps survivors of sexualized violence and family violence who want to explore their legal options. The ILAR program provides confidential, free legal advice that gives survivors the information that they need for the safety of themselves, and often, their children. ILAR offers up to 4 hours of free legal advice for anyone who has concerns regarding Emergency Protection Orders, family violence, or sexual assault. ILAR also offers free legal representation in court for those who have experienced sexual assault. 

The incident of violence can be recent or historic. The incident must have occurred in the NWT; or, the survivor must be an NWT resident.

ILAR lawyers will be expected to participate in annual training and be in good standing with the Law Society of the NWT. 

Contact the ILAR Coordinator for more info or call 867-765-8670.

Call for ILAR
Panel Lawyers

The ILAR Program is currently looking for experienced lawyers to join the lawyer panel. Panel lawyers are expected to be in good standing with the NWT Law Society, have an understanding of Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, have an understanding of the Executive Summary: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and be willing to participate in continuing professional development courses.


Panel lawyers are paid $250/billable hour. 


For more information or to receive the application form, contact or (867) 765-8670. 

bottom of page