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Concern at passing of Youth Justice Amendment Act

The Law Society Northern Territory (Society) is disappointed and concerned at the quick passage of the Youth Justice Amendment Act 2021 by the Northern Territory Government on 11 May 2021. The Bill was only introduced last week and despite many submissions to Government strongly opposing the proposed changes it contained, was passed with what appeared to be little or no consultation with the key stakeholders and organisations.

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Ethical Pursuit? The CPD trivia quiz

LAW WEEK EVENT! Thursday 20 May 2021: Ethical Pursuit? The CPD trivia quiz with Julian Morrow from the Chaser. For more information and to register, please go to Eventbrite

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Constitutional & Rule of Law Webinar Series


Jointly organised by LAWASIA, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Law Council of Australia and the South Pacific Lawyers Association, the series will run over 4 consecutive weeks, every Thursday from 18 February to 11 March 2021 (4 webinars in total).

Registration is complimentary and we encourage all LAWASIA members, friends and supporters to attend one, or all of the webinars on offer.

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I Can’t Believe it’s not Bali – Lock Downs and Lock Ups

Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT)

Dear friends and members,

The biennial Bali Conference will be held in Darwin, commencing with a cocktail party on the evening of Tuesday 10 August and culminating in our Gala dinner on Friday 13 August 2021.

The conference theme is:

‘I Can’t Believe it’s not Bali – Lock Downs and Lock Ups’

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Australia Day 2021 Honours

The Australia Day 2021 Honours List has been announced with two local practitioners receiving Honours.

The Society would like to recognise the significant contributions that The Hon. Trevor Riley QC and Mr Hugh Bradley have made to the judiciary, legal profession and the community in careers spanning over 50 years and to offer congratulations on being Australia Day Honours recipients in the categories as follows:

  • The Hon. Trevor Riley QCOfficer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
  • Mr Hugh BradleyMember (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
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2020 AGM Council Nominations

The Society’s 2020 AGM will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday 12 November 2020
Time: 4.30 pm for a 5.00 pm start
Venue: Mirambeena Room, Travelodge Resort – cnr Cavenagh and Lindsay Streets, Darwin NT 0800


Nominations for the upcoming Council elections have now closed. The following nominations have been received:

President: Emma Farnell, Marty Aust
Vice-President: Richard Henschke, Peggy Cheong*
Secretary: Victoria Bell
Treasurer: Matthew Littlejohn

*Since nominations closed, Ms Cheong has withdrawn her nomination for Vice-President.


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Family Court and Federal Court of Australia - new form implemented

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia are implementing a new form on 31 October 2020 – the Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk.

What is the purpose of the new form?

The Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk harmonises the approach taken to risk notification in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Courts).

The new form will replace and consolidate the three existing prescribed forms of the Courts:

  • Notice of Risk,
  • Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk of Family Violence (Current Case), and
  • Notice of Child Abuse, Family Violence or Risk of Family Violence (Application for Consent Orders)

while ensuring the Courts’ mandatory obligation to report allegations of child abuse, family violence or risks of child abuse or family violence is being fulfilled pursuant to sections 67Z – 67ZBB of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth). The new form will assist in ensuring that families and their children receive appropriate and targeted intervention in the family law system.

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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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Office details

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


Please note that the Society does not offer legal advice.

A list of lawyers can be found here.

Telephone: (08) 8981 5104