Indigenous Courtworkers Program

Services being provided by Criminal & Family Courtwork ProgramS during COVID-19 Pandemic



POP UP Court has resumed. See here for details.

Amy Kristalovich Criminal Courtworker (807) 464-0585:

Sherman Kabestra Family Courtworker:

We can also be found on facebook


Courthouse Office: (807) 468-9657

Ne-Chee Friendship Office 468-5440

The Criminal Courtwork Program guides Indigenous adults and youth charged with a criminal offense. The program assists accused offenders to better understand their rights, options, and responsibilities when appearing before the courts. 


  • Liaising between service users and criminal justice personnel to help overcome communication barriers (may include being able to provide appropriate information to the court and/or speaking on behalf of the accused).

  • Informing justice officials about concerns of the Indigenous community and the perspective of Indigenous alleged accused.

  • Promote understanding within the Indigenous community of the existing criminal justice system. 

  • Assistance with Legal Aid Applications.

  • Provide services users support through the court processes. 

  • Reviewing disclosure/crown screening with individual (where appropriate).

  • Access to printing, faxing, phone

  • Explaining court terminology in plain terms.

  • Referrals to appropriate services.

  • Assist in bail planning.

  • Support, advocate, and assist those who are self-representing.

  • Case management services.

  • Provide updates to family members/significant others on accused matters (where appropriate)

  • Facebook

The Family Courtwork Program will assist Indigenous youth involved in the criminal justice system, separating couples involved in family court, and Indigenous families dealing with child welfare matters to navigate the court process.


  • Assisting those who become involved with the Family and/or the Child Protection court matters and processes. 

  • Assist anyone who becomes involved with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

  • Liaison between service users and the court. 

  • Referrals to appropriate services.

  • Ensuring all parties are treated equally.

  • Create partnerships with other agencies to meet needs and goals in relation to a court process.

  • Ensure open rights and custody cases get equal information and moral support.