The Akwesasne Court Law Number 2016-01 was passed under Mohawk Council Resolution 2015-2016- #322 and enacted on February 12, 2016, coming into force: August 12, 2016.
The Akwesasne Court has been in the community since the early 1970’s and is considered to be a community-based justice system. The recently passed Akwesasne Court Law expresses the Mohawks of Akwesasne wish to exercise their right to self-determination and aboriginal right of self-government by enacting the Court Law setting out the jurisdiction, authority and responsibilities of the Akwesasne Court Law.
The purpose of the Akwesasne Court Law follows the principles: Sken:nen (peace), Kasatstensera (strength); and Kanikonri:io (a good mind) and values of: Respect for life, Respect for the person/being; and Respect for property.
The community is encouraged to take the time to read our Court Law and to become familiar with the contents of our own Court Law.
Services provided by the Akwesasne Court include:
- Monthly Court Session held on the second Wednesday of each month – predominantly traffic charges; however, other community by-laws or law charges may appear on the monthly docket
- Court Applications for filings to the Court
- Mediation Services – non-refundable application fee
- Acceptance of traffic payments
- Ontario Commissioner of Oaths
- Community Service (please see Community Service Procedure)
Any questions or court service related inquiries may be made by calling 1-613-575-2250 ext. 1025 or 1026.