The Court Registry will re-open once safe to do so. All contact with the Court should be via the Darwin Registry.
All adult non-custody matters listed in Court on 29, 30, 1, 2 and 3 December 2021 will be adjourned for 14 days from their listed date.
Persons in Custody
Both adult and youths are to appear from the prison or if in Katherine, the watch house. No defendants should be brought to the Court House. Matters where the defendant is in custody will be mentioned in the Darwin Court on the day already listed, and dealt with on a case by case basis.
ADULT – Fresh Custody Matters
• A Judge will be presiding over Katherine matters via video to deal with first mention custody matters. Police seeking bail reviews during work hours should continue to contact Chambers at first instance as per normal practice.
• All counsel, prosecutors and defence have leave to appear via video or telephone.
Care and Protection
Where lockdown includes a care and protection list, the list will proceed by video or telephone from the Children’s Court in Darwin (TCG). Parents are excused from attending, but may attend via video or telephone. Counsel have leave to appear via video or telephone. For all care and protection matters please contact in the first instance: Darwin.ChildrensCourt [at] nt.gov.au
Urgent Domestic Violence Orders
Urgent domestic violence orders will be dealt with by the sitting Judge. Applicants and defendants may appear via telephone, counsel by video or telephone. For all domestic violence matters please contact: DLC.Operations [at] nt.gov.au
Court House Notices
A notice will be placed on the Court House doors advising anyone who arrives of the above arrangements. The contact numbers for legal aid services will be included in the notice to assist any persons.
The next circuit court, being Barunga on 1 December, will not proceed. Matters will be dealt with on 1 December through the Darwin Court House. Minor matters may proceed to finalisation with defendants appearing via telephone, otherwise they will be adjourned.
Parties should contact their lawyer, the Court or attend at the Police Station to find out their future date.
This means that after telephone bail refusal, a defendant will remain in custody at the police station for their first appearance in the nearest Court by phone, or if available video.
However there may be instances where people in custody cannot be accommodated, even for a short period (e.g. major community unrest, large numbers exceeding cell capacity, insufficient staff). The Police Officer facilitating the bail application should bring this to the attention of the on-call Judge, who will have the discretion to authorise transfer to Darwin or Katherine Court.
Young people in custody may be dealt with on a case by case basis, with the preferred first option being to remain at the police station. However, it is acknowledged that some police stations may not have the capacity to appropriately keep young people for any length of time.
Please note that the Registrars of the various locations will update stakeholders with daily information in relation to staffing and contacts. If there are any issues or you wish to raise a practical matter with the lockdown procedure, please see the below contacts:
Chief Judge Elizabeth Morris: DLC.Chambers [at] nt.gov.au
Principal Registrar & Director (North): Danielle.Hutchison [at] nt.gov.au
Darwin Registry Contacts
Children’s Court: Darwin.ChildrensCourt [at] nt.gov.au Criminal Registry: DLC.Operations [at] nt.gov.au
Civil Registry: DLC.Operations [at] nt.gov.au