MEDIA RELEASE: Law Society calls for a halt to the Mutitjulu court closure
On 31 March the Chief Magistrate announced the closure of the Mutitjulu Court.
“The problem with remote court facilities has been known for some time. The Society would be the first to congratulate the Attorney General (AG) on his real achievements with Courts infrastructure. We continue to ask the Attorney General to address the problems rather than close the Court. The Society is left to wonder if the new Youth Court in Darwin and Supreme Court in Alice Springs have been at the expense of bush courts”.
“I have had many discussions with the Attorney General about possible solutions to the challenging issues in bush courts and he seemed to be passionately committed to genuine solutions. It is disappointing that this latest announcement was not made in the context of the Attorney General’s clear plan for Courts for all Territorians”. Said Mr Tass Liveris, President of the Northern Territory Law Society.
Mr Liveris said “it is pleasing to see the AG supporting the work of the Courts and acknowledge that facilities are such that something needs to be done. We do not believe closing a court is something that should be taken lightly or done at short notice. Closing a Court simply because facilities are inadequate is not the way to address service delivery in the bush.
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