There are 5 groups within the Government of Yukon that provide legal counsel to the government.
Aboriginal Law Group
Provides legal and policy advice. This group respects the negotiation and interpretation of:
- Yukon First Nation Final Agreements;
- the rights of Aboriginal people; and
- other matters relating to Aboriginal law.
Legislative Counsel Office
- Drafts legislation on the instructions of Cabinet.
- Ensures that this legislation is available in a bilingual format.
- Prepares regulations and orders.
- Advises government officials on the interpretation of legislation and regulations.
- Prepares all of the legislation of the government in English and French.
- Houses the Office of the Registrar of Regulations.
- Is responsible for all regulations as required under the Regulations Act.
Represents and advises client departments in:
- litigation; and
- matters likely to proceed to litigation.
The group appears on behalf of clients before:
- administrative tribunals in civil matters;
- territorial prosecutions;
- child protection matters; and
- assists client in attempting to settle disputes outside of court.
The group provides opinion advice and briefings on matters related to their areas of expertise.
Natural Resources and Environmental Law Group
Provides legal services to client departments on:
- natural resources; and
- environmental law matters.
Key areas of practice are:
- environmental assessment;
- land use and disposition;
- contaminated sites restoration and rehabilitation;
- parks and protected areas;
- water management; and
- oil and gas.
Legal counsel work with their clients and prepare:
- legal opinions;
- licensing of resource-development activities;
- contract drafting and review;
- legislative development;
- civil litigation; and
- prosecutions in the environmental and natural resources areas.
Provides legal advice in the areas of:
- public procurement;
- legislative interpretation;
- health law;
- information and privacy; and
- other specialties such as:
- real estate; and
- risk analysis.
Contact Legal Services for more information. In person: Andrew A. Philipsen Law Centre (2nd floor), 2134 Second Avenue. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 867-667-5764, or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5764.