MARCH 18: A meeting of Judges, lawyers and others who regularly use the NT Local Court has determined to take measures to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 virus.
All initiatives involved steps to reduce the movement of people around the NT who are involved with court matters.
In light of the developing COVID-19 situation and the unique risks posed by the breadth of the NT Local Court’s circuit footprint, the Local Court will be suspending all circuit court services effective immediately. At this stage they will resume on 1 May 2020 as per the current court calendars, and additional days may be required.
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 from the Covid-19 virus.
On 2 December 2019 all Northern Territory Courts will have a new civil case management system called ‘Odyssey’. Odyssey was successfully implemented at the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT) in December 2017 and the Court civil implementation is another step on the road to the Northern Territory being the first completely digital jurisdiction in Australia.
On Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, 2020, the Children's Court of the NT conjunction with NTLAC, NAAJA, DPP and the AGD will be hosting a conference in Alice Springs.
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The Conference is part of efforts to bring about changes recommended by the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory.
Commencing Monday December 2nd 2019 the Local Court at Darwin will be trialling a new case-management system for domestic and personal violence matters.
Domestic and personal violence lists on Monday and Friday mornings will be initially presided over by a judicial registrar and then later in the day by a Local Court judge.
The judge will manage any matters that are beyond the power and scope of the judicial registrar.
The Alice Springs Local Court is well underway with a multimillion dollar refurbishment. The Local Court building was built in 1980. The building’s structure and design have changed very little since that time. However changes in function and technology have meant the requirements of the building have now changed.
New laws have been introduced in each state and territory to improve the protection of domestic and family violence victims. From 25 November 2017 domestic violence orders (DVOs) issued in one state or territory will apply and be enforceable in all states and territories in Australia.