What is the Human Rights Adjudication Panel and when does it get involved ?

The Panel is a group of legally trained people called Adjudicators. They have the skills and authority to hear and decide certain things related to human rights complaints made under the NWT Human Rights Act.

The Panel members are appointed by the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories on the recommendation of the Legislative Assembly. Adjudicators must be fair and neutral when they hear and decide cases. They give no legal advice, show no bias, and do not favor one Party over another. 

The Panel becomes involved in human rights complaints only after a Notice of Appeal of a Director’s decision has been filed in the offices of the Panel or after the Director of Human Rights has referred a complaint to the Chair of the Panel for a Hearing.