Most court rooms will have duty interpreters available from the Aboriginal Interpreter Service. If you require an interpreter for a court proceeding please contact the court registries in advance so this may be arranged. You can also contact the following services directly to arrange an interpreter:
Fundamental principles of fairness and equity require that no person appearing before the Northern Territory Local Court should be disadvantaged in the proceedings before the Court or in understanding the procedures because of a language or other communication barrier. Many residents of the Northern Territory, especially but not exclusively Aboriginal persons, do not speak English as their first language. The provision of interpreters assists to ensure a fair trial to all parties.
These Protocols are intended to provide guidance to the Court, interpreters, interpreter services and agencies, Court Staff and legal practitioners.