Poor criminal justice system ranking a product of NWT’s high crime rate: lawyer

Shortcomings in NWT’s criminal justice system – outlined in a recent national report – are unsurprising symptoms of the territory’s high rates of crime, says a Yellowknife-based lawyer. “Everything sort of spirals from the crime rate,” said defence attorney Peter Harte. Last week, independent think-tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute released its second annual criminal justice report...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at editorial@nnsl.com.