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10 February 2022


The Local Court will not be coming to communities until after Easter (18 April 2022).
This affects these places.
Maningrida, Ramingining, Wadeye, Nhulunbuy, Wurrumiyanga, Galiwinku, Lake Evella, Daly River, Borroloola, Alyangula, Angurugu, Jabiru, Oenpelli, Numbulwar, Pirlingimpi.
Yarralin, Timber Creek, Mataranka, Ngukurr, Lajamanu, Kalkaringi, Barunga, Yuendumu, Papunya, Kintore, Mutitjulu, Arlparra, Hermannsburg, Ali Curung, Ti Tree.

Court is still on in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

The reasons are:

  • Many communities have asked the Court to consider not travelling now
  • To keep community safer from Covid
  • To help people stay home and travel less, so Covid does not spread as fast
  • Some of the lawyers and justice workers must isolate too and there might not be enough people for the Court to operate

People who are in jail or who are arrested by the Police will still have their matters dealt with.

You can still ask the Police or the Court for a domestic violence order if you need one.

If you have Court in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs, but cannot get there because you are in community, ring your lawyer or the Court.

Keep in touch with your lawyer or ring the Court to find out when you next must go to Court.

All bail rules continue but you do not have to report to the Police Station if that was one of your rules.

The phone numbers for legal services are:
NAAJA – Darwin: 1800 898 251
NAAJA – Katherine: 1800 897 728
NAAJA – Alice Springs and Tennant Creek: 1800 636 079
NTLAC (Legal Aid): 1800 019 343

Domestic and family violence and women’s legal services:
North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal service (NAAFLS) - Darwin: 08 8923 8200
North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal service (NAAFLS) - Katherine: 08 8972 3200
Domestic Violence Legal Service (DLVS) - 08 8999 7977
Top End Women’s Legal Service (TEWLS) - 08 8982 3000
Katherine Women’s Legal Service (KWILS) - 1800 620 108
Central Australian Women’s Legal Service (CAWLS) - 1800 684 055

The Court phone numbers are:
Darwin – 08 8999 6417
Katherine – 08 8973 8956
Tennant Creek – 08 8962 4377
Alice Springs – 08 8951 5710

This notice may be updated from time to time.

Elizabeth Morris
Chief Judge