In order to lawfully practice law in Nunavut, you need to either:
- Get called to the Nunavut Bar in Nunavut (Regular Membership)
- Obtain a Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC) from the Law Society of Nunavut.
Many lawyers practising in the South are familiar with the National Mobility Agreement, which allows lawyers the ability to practice for a certain period of time in other jurisdictions without a formal call.
The National Mobility Agreement does not apply in Nunavut. Nunavut is signatory to the Territorial Mobility Agreement (November 2011).
For more information on what is and is not (unauthorized practice) considered as the practice of law, visit the Legal Ethics and Practice Committee’s webpage. You will find a number of notices that provide guidance to lawyers ( arbitration, mediation, workplace investigation, etc.)
Important update for Members of the Barreau du Québec
On November 26, 2020, the membership approved full regular membership for members in good standing of the Barreau du Québec. The Canadian Legal Advisor Certificate now only applies for a member in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
Types of Membership
Regular membership allows lawyers to actively practice law in the Territory.
Learn about the application process.
We encourage transferring applicants to acquaint themselves with the culture, geography, and history of Nunavut and its people using this Supplemental reading list.
Learn about reactivating an inactive membership.
The Canadian Legal Advisor (CLA) Certificate is for a member in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec (Bachelor of Civil Law.) CLA members are restricted to giving legal advice and doing legal work on:
- the law of Quebec,
- matters under federal jurisdiction, and
- matters involving public international law.
Canadian Legal Advisors are subject to specific rules with respect to marketing of services; see Rule 39.6 (10) of the Rules of the Law Society of Nunavut.
Member of the Barreau du Québec ? Since November 26,2020 a member in good standing of the Barreau du Québec is eligible to apply for full regular membership.
Learn about the application process.
A Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC) allows lawyers to actively practice law in the Territory on up to three (3) legal matters for the period of one year. It must be renewed prior to each anniversary of the day it was granted or when the three (3) legal matters have been completed (whichever comes first). Learn about the application process.
If a RAC has been issued for one matter, it may be amended by submitting a request in writing to the administrator of the Law Society of Nunavut to permit the addition of up to 2 matters. Unless the RAC has been amended, the holder is not authorized to engage in the practice of law other than as described in the RAC. For more information, read the RAC Policy.
Timeline to issue your RAC application:
From the date your completed application is received by the administrator, the Deputy Secretary requires up to a maximum of 10 (ten) working days to issue your RAC.
There are two combined membership options:
- Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC) and Regular Membership
- Restricted Appearance Certificate (RAC) and Canadian Legal Advisor (CLA) - For members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec (Bachelor of Civil Law)
Both are appropriate if you urgently require the entitlement to practice law in the Territory. In such a situation, you will be issued a RAC in the interim while your application for regular membership or CLA is being reviewed by the Membership and Admissions Committee. Learn about the application process.