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Practice directions are procedural guidelines provided by the Chief Judge of the Local Court, to assist in the case management and function of the Court. Practice Directions are to complement and expand on existing legislation, rules and regulations, they do not replace them.

Effective 30 September 2019, the Chief Judge of the Local Court has issued a comprehensive and consolidated set of Practice Directions together with an appendix containing the forms prescribed by the consolidated Practice Directions.  These Practice Directions together with the appendix are available for download below. 

Local Court Practice Directions

With the publication of these consolidated Practice Directions and the appendix to the consolidated Practice Directions, all former Directions are revoked.



Current Consolidated Practice Directions

PD 1A       Private Audio Recording of Proceedings 

PD 1B       Access to Case Files and Exhibits

PD 1C       Audio and Video Evidence

PD 1D       Return of Exhibits

PD 1E       Restriction on Publication of Childrens’ Names

PD 1F       Evidence by Video Conferencing Facilities

PD 1G       Relisting Matters before the Local Court 

PD 1H       Electronic Filing

PD 1HA    Electronic Witnessing & Signatures



PD 2A       Access to Reports            

PD 2B       Applications for Breaches, Reviews or Variations of Court Orders 

PD 2C       Callover Procedure in Darwin

PD 2D       Applications Offender Reporting And Registration Act 2004

PD 2E       Persons in the Custody of the Court and Surrender Warrants

PD 2F       Prisoners at Risk of Harm

PD 2G       Procedures During and Following Preliminary Examination (Committal)

PD 2H       Transmission of Summary Offence

PD 2I        Custody Audio Visual Link Mentions

PD 2J        Directions Hearings



PD 3A       Listings and Adjournments

PD 3B       Section 102AA – Application for Driving Licence

PD 3C       Case Flow Management

PD 3D       Appearances and Ceasing to Act 

PD 3E       Criminal Property Forfeiture Act

PD 3F       Proceeds of Crime Act

PD 3G       Powers of Judicial Registrar



PD 4A       Family Responsibility Orders        

PD 4B       Referrals for Pre-Sentence Conferences

PD 4C       Youth Justice Proceedings

PD 4CA    Youth Justice Community Court Sentencing Procedure

PD 4D       Applications for Reconsideration and Review

PD 4E       Care and Protection of Children



PD 5A       Domestic Violence

PD 5AA     Specialist Approach to Domestic and Family Violence - Alice Springs 

PD 5AB     Contested Criminal Proceedings involving Domestic and Family Violence - Alice Springs

PD 5B       Treatment Orders

PD 5C       Adoption of Children

PD 5D       Mental Health Diversion List

PD 5E       Katherine Sitting Times

PD 5F       De Facto Relationships

PD 5G       Application for Disease Test Order

PD 5H       Personal Violence Restraining Orders 

PD 5I         Community Court Sentencing Procedure (Adult)