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Welcome to the Northern Territory Local Court

The Local Court of the Northern Territory is established by the Local Court Act 2016. The Local Court is the first level of the Northern Territory's two tier court system and in the great majority of cases is the first point of contact that members of the public have with the judicial system. The Court handles the greatest proportion of cases in the Northern Territory, dealing with both criminal and civil cases.

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Court Updates

NT Local Court has undergone changes to some procedures in light of COVID-19.
Explanations of these changes are increasingly being translated into various Aboriginal languages and many can now be played on this website or downloaded by interested parties.

Updated March 31, 2020: All NT Courts have placed signage at entrances encouraging people not to enter, and make alternative arrangements if they meet any of the widely acknowledged screening criteria.
The Courts will be acting in accordance with advice from Government health authorities to ensure consistency among public institutions to avoid confusion and unnecessary disruption.
Different courts have been taking different measures, depending on the specialist needs separate areas may have.
Information on best dealing with the threat of the virus is being updated as circumstances change. Updated advice from the Australian Government is available on its “Find the Facts” page.

NT Courts and Tribunals are moving to help protect the safety and well-being of the public and staff in response to concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
To assist with these efforts physical access to the Local Court registries will only be by appointment until further notice.