A first version of section 110 of the Northwest Territories Act was adopted in 1877. According to it, anyone could use the French or English language before the courts. Article 110, as it was known later, was enacted in 1886. Besides the fact that it reproduces the free choice of language before the courts, it allows the territorial assembly to “regulate its deliberations and how to keep and publish them. “
The Official Languages Act of the Northwest Territories provides, in section 19, that everyone has the right to use French or English in all matters before the courts established by the Legislature of the Territories and in procedural documents arising therefrom.
Pursuant to section 29 of the Nunavut Act, are incorporated into the laws of Nunavut, section 110 of the Northwest Territories Act (1886) which provides that the English and French languages may be used before the courts of justice as well as section 43.1 of Part II.1 of the Northwest Territories Act (1985) which provides that the French and English languages are official languages.