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NT Local Court listings over the 2020/21 holiday period


21 December to 8 January 2021

  • Specialist lists for Directions Hearings, Preliminary Examinations, Domestic Violence, Civil/Work Health, and Mental Health will be suspended.
  • There will be a single judge presiding for new custody and urgent listings, with a custody-cut off time of 2:00pm each day.
  • Matters should not be adjourned into or bailed to this period.
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Australian Pro Bono Centre


What does the Guide include?
This Guide highlights the diverse range of opportunities available to lawyers who are interested in undertaking pro bono volunteer work in a personal capacity, outside of a formal program or through employment.

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Anti-Discrimination training in Darwin and Alice Springs

We’re excited to announce two sets of Anti-Discrimination Commission training, face to face with our new trainer, Anika Freiling.

She will be kicking off with public training in Darwin in the week of 9 – 13 November and then venturing down to Alice Springs for the week of 7 – 11 December.

So if you’ve got Zoom-fatigue and you want to train live with a real person and an interactive course, register now! All training will comply with COVID19 physical distancing requirements, so in some cases numbers may be restricted by the size of the available room.

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Law Council of Australia - Media Release

A shifting culture towards equal opportunity for women in law

There has been a rise in the number of female barristers being briefed on matters over the past three years, according to the latest equal opportunity data released by the Law Council of Australia.

The Law Council’s Equitable Briefing Policy Annual Report 2018-19 has found that briefs to female barristers increased by two per cent during the reporting year, with women now receiving 27 per cent of all briefs, on track to surpass the target of 30 per cent before the next reporting period.

Law Council President, Pauline Wright, said that the data reveals a welcome shift in culture.

“The Law Council launched the Equitable Briefing Policy in 2016, with the aim of tracking equal opportunity within the profession. The latest data shows evidence of positive moves within the profession, especially for female junior barristers who are receiving more briefs,” said Ms Wright.

“It is pleasing to see that we are on track to meet one of the key targets, for women barristers to be briefed in at least 30 per cent of all matters,” said Ms Wright.

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AWL National Conference 2020 Vision – In Focus (Webinar)

Australian Women Lawyers cordially invite you to attend their National Conference “2020 Vision - In Focus” Webinar.

About this Event

The 9th AWL National Conference will be the first of it's kind, held online for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Designed for all those in the Australian legal sector who support the contribution and advancement of women.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a range of high-profile and influential speakers, including keynote speakers Nyadol Nyuon and the Hon. Diana Bryant AO QC.

Confirmed speakers include Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Mariam Veisadeh, Anna Brown OAM, Natalie Wade, Noor Blumer, Jill Prior, and Pauline Wright.

With more speakers to be announced soon.

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Indigenous Incarceration and the Northern Territory


The Law Council of Australia is pleased to present a panel discussion on:

Indigenous Incarceration and the Northern Territory: 
Progress since the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory

The Law Council presents a panel discussion with renowned advocates Mick Gooda, Olga Havnen and David Woodroffe, moderated by Law Council President, Pauline Wright. Nearly four years since the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory, legal and policy experts examine the overincarceration of First Nations people in Australia’s criminal justice system and the opportunities for reform.Featuring eminent speakers Mick Gooda, Olga Havnen and David Woodroffe.

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Top End Womens Legal Service

Announcing Legal Education Month - July

 A month of a free legal education workshops held at TEWLS on the most commonly requested areas of law, including family law, domestic and family violence, and tenancy.

Commencing from Tuesday 7 July 2020, the TEWLS Legal Education Month will feature a series of four (4) topics, with each topic running twice per week in one (1) hour workshops. All workshops will be held free-of-charge and in-person at TEWLS’ Darwin office, with refreshments provided during the workshops and TEWLS solicitors available following the workshops to provide any further information and/or assistance to make an appointment for legal advice. The workshops will be available to members of the general public.

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Supreme Court of the Northern Territory

Notice #6 to Practitioners, Litigants and the Visiting Public - COVID-19, and Practice Direction No 1 of 2020 (amended)

As notified in paragraph 4 of Notice #6 – COVID 19, the temporary electronic filing arrangements provided for by Practice Direction 1 of 2020: Electronic Filing in Civil Proceeding COVID-19 Temporary Arrangements, made 31 March 2020 are to continue until the commencement of electronic filing under the Odyssey Integrated Case Management System.

Some amendments have been made to the existing Practice Direction. This amended Practice Direction commences on 5 June 2020.

Additionally, Registries in Darwin and Alice Springs will re-open, with appropriate social distancing measures in place, as of 15 June 2020.

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Don Dale Detention Centre Use of Tear Gas – High Court of Australia Ruling

The Law Society Northern Territory (the Society) welcomes yesterday’s High Court decision that the use of tear gas at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in 2014 was unlawful.

This decision emphasises and highlights the need for change within the youth justice system in the Northern Territory and in particular reinforces the need for the Northern Territory Government to implement the recommendations made in the 2017 Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory Report.

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Solicitor-General Appointed as Supreme Court Justice

The Northern Territory Government media release can be viewed here.

Solicitor-General Sonia Brownhill has been appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. Ms Brownhill will replace the Honourable Justice Graham Hiley who is retiring early next year, and her appointment will take effect from 2 November 2020.

Her appointment means that following the retirement of the Justice Hiley the Northern Territory Supreme Court will become the first in Australia to have a 50:50 split in gender representation on the bench.

Ms Brownhill has a lengthy background in law in the Northern Territory. She joined the Solicitor for the Northern Territory in 1997, before moving to the Solicitor-General’s Chambers in 2006 as Crown Counsel.

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Office: 3/6 Lindsay St. Darwin NT 0800
Post: GPO Box 2388 Darwin NT 0801
ABN: 62 208 314 893


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Telephone: (08) 8981 5104