Yukon Court Watch Program

Welcome to the Yukon Court Watch Program!

“It is essential that the community understand how cases of violence are processed in the criminal justice system in order to adequately support victims and work offenders to ensure the best possible outcomes. Court Watch and similar programs build community capacity and create the possibility of more informed discussion on all levels.” Dr Allan Wade.

Why Court Watch?

As of June 2014, the Yukon Court Watch project was revived under the Yukon Status of Women Council and supported by the Women’s Coalition in the Yukon. This project originally began in 2002 and ran for a period of 18 months by the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre to address the need to respond to extreme levels of woman abuse and sexualized assault1. 

In 2010 and 2011, three studies were written in the Yukon by various concerned women’s groups calling for not only a revival of the Court Watch program but an establishment of a continuous program. These studies were: Yukon Sexualized Assault and Male-Violence-Against-Women: Gaps in Services Report by Yukon Status of Women Council; If My Life Depended On It: Yukon Women and the RCMP, Submission to Review of Yukon’s Police Force by Lois Moorcroft; and Sharing Common Ground Executive Summary by the Government of Yukon.

And More Recently...

What is Court Watch?

Yukon Court Watch provides necessary oversight of the Yukon Courts to address gender inequality in court, along with improving services and supports for victims. We will be sharing the information that we collect with community agencies to ensure that women are treated with respect, dignity, and equality in the justice system as well as improve support systems and legal knowledge available for victims in the criminal justice system. We also are seeking to raise public awareness with respect to violence against women in our community and positively influence the social responses towards women who have experienced violence. 

Court Watch Yukon observations will focus on inaccessible and mutualizing language, the court atmosphere, respect and dignity shown to victims, the process of therapeutic courts in the Yukon, and dual charging.

Fully trained Yukon Court Watch volunteers began observing court proceedings for sexualized violence, violence against women and spousal violence. Volunteers note women’s experiences in court atmosphere, mutualizing language and dual charging.

Volunteers attended a training that involved local representatives from the Public Prosecution of Canada, Crown Witness Coordinators, Offender Supervision Services, Victim Services, Legal Aid, private lawyers and Aboriginal Court Workers. Volunteers record information about the crime, accused, sentencing, environment of the courtroom, and the proceedings.


Be A Court Watch Volunteer!

We are looking for volunteers to collect information on women’s experiences of the criminal justice system in cases of woman abuse and sexualized violence.

As a Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to:

*Keep up to date on women’s issues
*Learn about the Justice System
*Observe trials, bail hearings 
and the Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court
*Receive training

As a Court Watch Volunteer, we need you to:

*Commit to 4-8 hrs a week
*Complete a criminal record check
*Attend a training session


Court Watch in the News & Links to Learn More

Whitehorse STAR, February 13th, 2015:
Program Gathers Data on Courts' Treatment of Female Victims


Who Can I Contact For More Information?

Reem Girgrah
Program Coordinator
Yukon Status of Women Council
Telephone: 867-667-4637
Email: yukoncourtwatch@gmail.com