The Law Society Northern Territory is aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on legal practitioners and firms across the Northern Territory.Read more
The NT Local Court is taking measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and will delay many hearings scheduled to take place until June 2020.
Non-custodial hearings will be vacated and listed for Case Management Inquiry (CMI).
CMI's are usually brief procedural listings that enable the matter to be heard by the court at a later date.Read more
NT Local Court has undergone changes to some procedures in light of COVID-19.Read more
Notice #5 to practitioners litigants and the visiting public
- Following the developments in the COVID-19 situation, and the need to implement measures to ensure the safety of staff, practitioners, litigants and the visiting public, the public facing counter in Alice Springs closed with effect from Wednesday, 1 April 2020.
- While the counter is closed, the Registry will still be operating to provide services and support to practitioners, litigants and the wider community by telephone and email.
- Practice Direction 1 of 2020 and 2 of 2020 which are available on the Supreme Court website provide directions in relation to the management of criminal and civil proceedings during closure of the public counters, including the filing, issuing and transmission of court documents.
Bail and arrest call-over
There will be a call-over of the Darwin Local Court Bail and Arrest list at 9:30am conducted by the A/Darwin Criminal Registrar David Kirby. This will commence as of 2.04.2020.
The purpose will be:
- To ensure that all electronic filings and Virtual Appearance Slips have been received;
- To determine which matters are fresh files; and
- To prioritise those people who are being held in custody in remote Police Stations.
The Judge will come down to commence the list at 10am.Read more
Free daily wellness sessions via zoomRead more
Notice #4 to practitioners litigants and the visiting public
Front counter services
1. Following the developments in the COVID-19 situation, and the need to implement measures to ensure the safety of staff, practitioners, litigants and the visiting public, from Wednesday, 1 April 2020 the public facing counters in Supreme Court Civil Registry and Sheriff’s Office will be closed.
2. While the counters are closed, the registries will still be operating to provide services and support to practitioners, litigants and the wider community by telephone and email.Read more
The Law Society NT continues to closely monitor the developing COVID-19 situation with a view to ensure it takes all action required to protect the health and wellbeing of the profession, Society staff and anyone entering its premises. Set out below are the arrangements to be put in place by the Society as from Monday 30 March 2020.
Law Society NT Office
Please note that whilst the Society remains operational, as from Monday 30 March 2020, many of its staff will be working from home.
As a result, from Monday 30 March 2020, the Society’s office will be closed to visitors until further notice.
Throughout this period, the Society can still be contacted by telephone and email and will continue to undertake and offer all its operational functions. The closure of this office will mean that there will be no face-to-face events, CPDs or visitor contact. Physical deliveries may be received by prior arrangement if necessary.Read more
The Society acknowledges the impact that COVID-19 will have on law practices over the coming months. Many law practice offices may be closed as staff are encouraged to work from home in line with social-distancing requirements. It is understood that this is likely to present difficulties for practices in allowing their appointed external examiner the physical access required to highly confidential trust accounting records and related files often kept in law practice offices. These files often cannot be removed from offices and are necessary for external examiners to carry out the annual review required under the Legal Profession Act 2006.Read more
New notice to practitioners and Practice Direction issued
The documents below outline practices to commence Monday 30 March 2020 and have been put together to assist practitioners and public appearing before the Local Court in Stage 2 of COVID 19 restrictions. They will be made available on the Local Court website also.Read more
Parenting Orders and COVID-19
The Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the Courts) are acutely aware that the current pandemic is having an enormous impact on families and the Australian community.
Parents are naturally deeply concerned about the safety of their children and how the COVID-19 virus will affect their lives. Part of that concern in family law proceedings can extend to a parent’s or carer’s ability to comply with parenting orders and what should be properly expected of them by the Courts in these unprecedented times.Read more
On 22 March 2020, the Federal Government announced it will temporarily allow eligible people to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation retirement savings in 2019-20 and a further $10,000 in 2020-21.
For eligible people suffering economic hardship, being able to access part of their super will help them provide for themselves and their families during these unprecedented times. At the same time, it is important to be aware of the longer-term financial implications of such a decision.Read more
A Bill for an Act to amend the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 and the Information Act 2002 introduced into Parliament today and is expected to pass as a matter of emergency. Click here to view the Bill: https://legislation.nt.gov.au/en/LegislationPortal/Bills/~/link.aspx?_id=5D5B639D286B444CB55F0A948643D28C&_z=zRead more
Time to think about contingency plans for your next AGM
23 March 2020
Companies planning their AGM or other General Meetings during the current pandemic, should be considering developing contingency plans, says the Law Council of Australia.
This follows the release of a guidance note, developed by the Law Council in partnership with the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australasian Investor Relations Association.Read more
Emergency legislation to Protect Territorians
24 March 2020
Parliamentary Sittings resume in Darwin today with debate focusing on emergency legislation to deal with the Northern Territory’s response to COVID-19.
The two pieces of legislation will strengthen the Northern Territory’s pandemic response from a health and fiscal standpoint.
The Emergency Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 amends the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 to allow declarations of a public health emergency for a period of up to 90 days instead of the current five-day limit. The current limit was designed to cater for emergencies such as cyclones and floods.Read more
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