Department of Justice

Justice Boards and Committees


AUXILIARY POLICE ADVISORY BOARD
Legislative Authority: Auxiliary Police Act, Section 6(1)
Department: Justice
Function: Advisory. The Board makes recommendations to the Minister and Officer in Charge of "M" Division concerning development of programs to enhance practices, standards and training of officers.
Members: Committee to consist of two persons nominated by the officer in charge of "M" Division; one person nominated by the Minister; and one person nominated by the auxiliary police.
Appointment/Term: Three years
Meets: As required
Honorarium: Volunteer
Contact: Claire Mechan 667-6597  Jeff Ford 667-5868

 


 

 

COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
Legislative Authority: Corrections Act, 2009
Department: Justice
Function: Advisory. The Board reviews and makes recommendations on the administration of the Corrections Act 2009 and Regulations, and any program established or to be established under the Act and Regulations. 
Members:  Each community advisory board may consist of up to 7 members appointed by the Minister. At least 2 members of a community advisory board must by First Nation persons. Subject to subsection (2), the minister must make best efforts to ensure that the membership or each community advisory board is representative of the population of Yukon.
Appointment/Term: Ministerial Order. May be made or renewed for a term of up to 3 years.
Meets: As required
Honorarium: Category C - $125 per day. Remuneration is paid for travel and preparation for meetings in accordance with the Yukon General Administration Manual Policy 1.8.
Contact: Kathryn Souster - Manager, Planning and Special Projects 667-3656

 

CRIME PREVENTION AND VICTIM SERVICES TRUST - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Legislative Authority: Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust Act, Section 5(1); Interpretation Act, Section 3(3)
Department: Justice
Function: This Board manages and controls the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust Fund. It creates bylaws for the administration of its affairs and establishes the procedure for applications of the funds. The Board considers proposals for funding submitted to it and approves expenditures on those community-based projects which serve the purposes of the Trust Act and places emphasis on the reduction of crime and the prevention of violence against women and children.
Members: Nine members; 2 persons who are members of the public service recommended by the Minister of Justice; 1 person who is a member of the public service recommended by the Minister of Health and Social Services; 1 person recommended by the RCMP; 2 persons recommended by the Minister of Justice from among persons nominated by the Council of Yukon First Nations, other Yukon First Nations, and First Nation organizations with an interest in justice issues; 1 person recommended by the Minister of Justice from among persons nominated by organizations concerned with women's equality issues and problems facing women in Yukon; and 2 persons recommended by the Minister of Justice from among persons in the general public who have expressed an interest in justice issues.
Appointment/Term: Terms do not exceed three years
Meets: Possibly four to six times a year
Honorarium: Category C - $125 per day. May be paid transportation and living expenses incurred in connection with the performance of the duties away from home.
Contact: Annette King Director Victim Services 667-5962


 

JUDICIAL COUNCIL
Legislative Authority: Territorial Court Act, Section 17
Department: Justice
Function: The Council makes recommendations respecting appointments of judges and justices, and deals with formal complaints respecting judges and justices. It makes recommendations respecting the efficiency, uniformity and quality of judicial services provided by the Territorial Court or the Justice of the Peace Court. It also performs other duties requested by the Minister.
Members: 2 members nominated by the Minister, one of whom shall be a member of the Law Society of Yukon and the other shall be a lay person; two members nominated by Yukon First Nations, at least one of whom shall be a lay person ; one member nominated by the Law Society of Yukon; one member nominated by the chief judge; one member nominated by justices; and a resident judge of the Supreme Court nominated by the senior judge who may, ex officio, on matters other than complaints and discipline. Nominations shall be in writing signed by a representative of the nominator.
Appointment/Term: Up to three years with respect to appointments made by Cabinet
Meets: Approximately four times a year
Honorarium: Category C - $125/day. Recognizes B and C with some independent decision making authority; or regulatory or some adjudicative role, or medium to high impact on government  or the public of decisions or recommendations.
Contact: Christine Regehr - Senior Judges' Assistant Box 31222 Whitehorse, Y!A 5P7  667-5438 (p) 393-6400 (F) cregehr@yukoncourts.ca


 

LAW SOCIETY OF YUKON (EXECUTIVE)
Legislative Authority: Legal Profession Act, Section 4
Department: Justice
Function: This regulatory Society serves and protects the public interest in the administration of justice. Note: this is not a Yukon government committee.
Members: A minimum of six. (a)Not less than four are elected annually by and from the active members of the Society, and (b) two who are not members of the Society are appointed by the Commissioner in Executive Council for a term of 2 years.
Appointment/Term: One year (a) Two years (b)
Meets: Approximately 26 times a year
Honorarium: Category A - volunteer
Contact: Lynn Daffe - Suite 202, 302 Steele Street Whitehorse YT Y1A 2C5 668-4231(P) 667-7556(F) info@lawsocietyyukon.com


 

LAW SOCIETY OF YUKON (DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE)
Legislative Authority: Legal Profession Act, Section 25
Department: Justice
Function: This adjudicative Committee conducts inquiries/investigations into matters regarding the conduct of a member or a student-at-law. Note: the discipline committee is not a Yukon Government agency.
Members: The executive shall appoint to the discipline committee at least nine members of whom at least 3 shall be active members resident in Yukon and at least 3 shall be members not resident in Yukon. The Commissioner in Executive Council shall appoint to the discipline committee a maximum of 3 persons who are not members.
Appointment/Term: Order in Council 3 years
Meets: As required
Honorarium: Category A: no honorarium
Contact: Lynn Daffe - Suite 202, 302 Steele Street Whitehorse YT Y1A 2C5 668-4231(P) 667-7556(F) info@lawsocietyyukon.com


 

MEDIATION BOARD
Legislative Authority: Mediation Board Act, Section 2(2)
Department: Justice
Function: The Board acts as an arbiter in cases where land is being repossessed for non-payment of taxes under the Assessment and Taxation Act.
Members: One or more. The Commissioner in Executive Council shall appoint the member or members of the board and specify the number of members that shall constitute a quorum. The Commissioner may fill in a vacancy caused by death, resignation or other. 
Appointment/Term: No fixed term
Meets: As required
Honorarium: Category C - $125/day
Contact: Court Services, 667-5784

 


 

YUKON HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Legislative Authority: Human Rights Act, Section 17
Department: Justice
Function: The Commission administers the Human Rights Act, hears complaints and arranges for adjudication if required (see Human Rights Panel of Adjudicators). Promotes and coordinates public education and research programs in the area of human rights. (The Commission reports directly to the Yukon Legislature on all matters concerning human rights.)
Members: Minimum of three members with a maximum of five. A member of the commission may only be removed from office by resolution of the legislature.
Appointment/Term: Three years
Meets: 16 times/year
Honorarium: The Commission will prescribe remuneration and expenses that will be paid
Contact: Lynn Pigage - Secretariat 101-9010 Quartz Road Whitehorse YT Y1A 2Z5 667-6226(p) 667-2662(f) humanrights@yhrc.yk.ca


 

YUKON HUMAN RIGHTS PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS
Legislative Authority: Human Rights Act, Section 22
Department: Justice
Function: The Panel adjudicates complaints when asked to do so by the Human Rights Commission.(The Yukon Human Rights Commission and the Yukon Human Rights Panel of Adjudicators act as separate, independent, semi-judicial bodies in assessing and/or addressing human rights complaints.)
Members: When the HRC asks that a complaint be adjudicated, the Chief Adjudicator establishes a board of adjudication and determines its membership. (a) The panel of adjudicators shall consist of not less than three members, one of whom shall be designated Chief Adjudicator, who shall be appointed for a term of three years by the Legislature. (b) A member of the panel may only be removed from the panel by resolution of the legislature. (c) when the commission asks that a complaint be adjudicated, the Chief Adjudicator shall establish a board of adjudicators and determine its membership. 
Appointment/Term: 3 years
Meets: 10 times a year
Honorarium: $400/day for each day of hearing or part thereof and $100/day for each day of training or part thereof. Some independent decision making authority; or regulatory or some adjudicative role; or medium to high impact on government or the public of decisions or recommendations.
Contact: Yukon Human Rights Panel of Adjudicators - Secretariat Box 31717 Whitehorse YT Y1A 6L3 776-7500 (p) 393-3904 (f) beyondwords@northwestel.net


 

YUKON LAW FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Legislative Authority: Legal Profession Act, Section 80(1)
Department: Justice
Function: The Foundation maintains and manages funds received from interest on lawyers' trust accounts and Foundation investments.
Members: (1) The affairs of the foundation shall be conducted by a board of directors, in this part called the "board", composed of six members of whom (a) 3 shall be appointed by the Minister; and (b) 3 shall be appointed by the executive from among the members.
Appointment/Term: Two years
Meets: 18 meetings/year
Honorarium: Category A: no honorarium. Recognizes that boards and committees that are highly temporary in nature with a limited project specific mandate, or made up solely of public servants appointed in the course of their employment.
Contact: Deana Lemke - Secretariat Box 31789 Whitehorse YT Y1A 2C5 668-4231 (p) 667-7556 (f) execdir@yukonlawfoundation.com


 

 

 


 

YUKON POLICE COUNCIL
Legislative Authority: Established through policy not legislation. Review of Yukon's Police Force, Sharing Common Ground Report
Department: Justice
Function: To act as a liaison between citizens, the Minister of Justice and the Commanding Officer for "M" Division and to make recommendations to the Minister and the Commanding Officer for "M" Division on issues relating to the delivery of policing services in Yukon.
Members: 6 plus the chair. The council will be chaired by the Deputy Minister, Yukon Department of Justice, and composed of six members appointed by the Minister,3 of whom will be nominated by First Nations.
Appointment/Term: Ministerial. Up to 3 years.
Meets: Minimum of 3 times per year in Whitehorse and once per year in a rural community.
Honorarium:

Category D - $200/day. Remuneration is paid for travel and preparation for meetings in accordance with the Yukon General Administration Manual Policy 1.8.

Contact: Lareina Twardochleb - Project Manager 393-6475


 

YUKON REVIEW BOARD
Legislative Authority: Criminal Code (Canada) Subsection 672.38 (1) and 672.39
Department: Justice
Function: Makes or reviews dispositions concerning any accused in respect of whom a verdict of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder or unfit to stand trial is rendered.
Members:

No less than five 672.38 (1) A Review Board shall be established or designated for each province to make or review dispositions concerning any accused in respect of whom a verdict of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder or unfit to stand trial is rendered, and shall consist of not fewer than 5 members appointed by the lieutenant governor in council of the province.

672.39 A Review Board must have at least one member who is entitled under the laws of a province to practice psychiatry and, where only one member is so entitled, at least one other member must have training and experience in the field of mental health, and be entitled under the laws of a province to practice medicine or psychology.

Appointment/Term: Order in Council/No fixed term
Meets: as required
Honorarium: Category D but rates set according to the following fee schedule: Chairperson, Psychiatrist/Psychologist - $644/day. Lay member - $350/day
Contact: Jodi Kehler - Administrative Assistant PO Box 2703 (J-3) Whitehorse YT Y1A 2C6 667-3596 (p) 393-6212 (f) yukonreviewboard@gov.yk.ca


 

YUKON UTILITIES BOARD
Legislative Authority: Public Utilities Act, Section 2(1)
Department: Justice
Function: The Board issues orders fixing rates of a public utility; prohibits or limits any proposed rate change; fixes proper and adequate rates and methods of depreciation, amortization or depletion in respect of the property of any public utility. It fixes standards, classifications, regulations, practices, measurements or services to be observed, provided or followed by a public utility; and determines areas that services of a public utility shall provide. It also requires the public utility to establish, construct, maintain and operate any reasonable expansion of its existing services as well as determining the conditions that may be imposed by a public utility to establish, construct, maintain or operate an expansion of its existing services.
Members: (1) The Yukon Utilities Board is established, composed of not fewer than 3 or more than 5 persons appointed by the Minister. 4(2) Substitute members appointed by Minister. 6(1) The Minister shall appoint one of the members to be the chair and another to be the vice-chair. of whom one is appointed Chair and another Vice-chair.
Appointment/Term: Ministerial/3 years
Meets: 20 times/year
Honorarium: Category D - $200/day. Independent decision making authority; or an adjudicative role; or high impact on government or public of decisions or recommendations made.
Contact: Deana Lemke Secretariat Box 31728 Whitehorse YT, Y1A 2C5 667-5058 (p) 667-5059 (f) yub@utilitiesboard.yk.ca