Department of Justice

Legal Services

Legal Services

Aboriginal Law Group
The Aboriginal Law Group provides legal and policy advice to the Yukon Government respecting the negotiation and interpretation of Yukon First Nation Final Agreements, the rights of Aboriginal people, and other matters relating to Aboriginal law.

Articling Student
The Government of Yukon, through the Legal Services Branch of the Department of Justice, is hiring a student-at-law for the 2018-2019 Articling year. As an articling student with the Government of Yukon, you would not only conduct legal research and support the opinion work of the lawyers in Legal Services, but you would have the opportunity to actively participate in civil litigation files and matters before administrative tribunals. You would also have the opportunity to take conduct of regulatory prosecutions before the Yukon Territorial Court, which may include attending Court circuits in communities outside of Whitehorse.

Visit our articling student program information page for more details and information on how you can apply.

Legislative Counsel Office
The Legislative Counsel Office drafts legislation (bills, regulations) on the instructions of Cabinet, in English and in French, and works with other government entities to ensure that legislation is available. The Legislative Counsel Office also supports the Registrar of Regulations in performing their functions under the Regulations Act.

Litigation Group
Litigation Group counsel are responsible for representing and advising client departments in litigation and matters likely to proceed to litigation. They appear on behalf of client departments before courts and administrative tribunals in civil matters, territorial prosecutions and child protection matters, and assist client departments in attempting to settle disputes outside of court. They also provide opinion advice and briefings on matters related to their areas of expertise.

The Natural Resources and Environmental Law Group (NRELG)
The Natural Resources and Environmental Law Group provides legal services to client departments on a variety of natural resources and environmental law matters.  Key areas of practice are environmental assessment, mining, forestry, land use and disposition, contaminated sites restoration and rehabilitation, parks and protected areas, water management and oil and gas.  Legal counsel from NRELG work very closely with their clients and are engaged in preparing legal opinions and advice,  licensing of resource development activities, contract drafting and review, legislative development, civil litigation and prosecutions in the environmental and natural resources area.

The Solicitors Group
The Solicitors Group provides legal advice in the area of public procurement, legislative interpretation, health law, information and privacy, and a variety of other specialties such as immigration, governance, real estate, and risk analysis.

The Legislative Counsel Office (LCO)
The Legislative Counsel Office prepares all of the legislation of the government – including Acts, Regulations, Orders, and Appointments – in both English and French. It provides legal advice to client departments on the development and interpretation of legislation as well as advice regarding government organization and parliamentary practice. The Office of the Registrar of Regulations is also housed in the Legislative Counsel Office and is responsible for the filing, indexing, publication, and maintenance of all regulations as required under the Regulations Act.


Contact Legal Services


Andrew A. Philipsen Law Centre, 2nd Floor
2134 Second Avenue

Mailing Address:
Legal Services
Department of Justice
Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Y.T. Y1A 2C6
Phone: (867) 667-5764
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5764
Fax: (867) 393-6379