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Josine Wynberg

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Maria Savvas

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MSP Legal
Emma Farnell

Emma Farnell

Secretary
Ward Keller Lawyers
Mark O'Reilly

Mark O'Reilly

Alice Springs Rep
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Glen Dooley

Glen Dooley

Alice Springs Alt Rep
Director of Public Prosecutions
David Alderman

David Alderman

NT Bar Association Rep
William Forster Chambers
Hugh Bond

Hugh Bond

NT Young Lawyers Rep
Maley & Burrows
NTYL Rep - TBA

NTYL Rep - TBA

NT Young Lawyers Alt Rep
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Andrew Giles

Andrew Giles

Councillor
De Silva Hebron
Peggy Cheong

Peggy Cheong

Councillor
Hunt & Hunt Lawyers
Lisa O'Donoghue

Lisa O'Donoghue

Councillor
O'Donoghue's First National Real Estate
Martin Aust

Martin Aust

Councillor
North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
Leonique Swart

Leonique Swart

Councillor
Dept. Attorney-General & Justice
Sally Bolton

Sally Bolton

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Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

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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Media Release: Alice Springs Local Court Judge a win for diversity and access to justice

Law Society Northern Territory (“Society”) welcomes the Attorney-General's announcement today that the Supreme and Local Court Registrar, Sarah McNamara, has been appointed a Local Court judge in Alice Springs.

Society President Mr Tass Liveris said, "The Society has long supported judicial appointments from within the local profession to the greatest extent possible, diversity in the legal profession and the judiciary and access to justice in the regions. Registrar McNamara’s appointment progresses each of these causes.”.

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Your input needed – Revised Business and Human Rights Survey

The International Bar Association (IBA) in partnership with the Law Council of Australia is continuing to work towards developing a series of tools to assist lawyers improve their knowledge of business and human rights. In September and October 2016, a survey was launched to gain more information from law firm lawyers, barristers and in-house lawyers to identify the starting points for the training.

The IBA and the Law Council have decided to relaunch the survey to obtain more responses. Alongside the re-launch of the survey, facts sheets are being released containing details on the relevance of business and human rights for Australian lawyers.

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Symmetra Unconscious Bias Training for Legal Practitioners

Lawyers typically make a multitude of decisions daily, affecting themselves and others, and where unconscious biases are in play, the outcomes may be less than optimum and often contrary to your intentions.

In this interactive course, practitioners will learn about the concept of unconscious bias, how it affects their business and industry, and equip themselves with tools to increase their effectiveness in decision making situations. Videos, case studies and revealing questions engage the learner in this relevant and fast paced program. A practical toolkit is provided to enable practitioners to counteract bias in decision situations.

Please click here for further information about this training.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Law Society Northern Territory Appoints New CEO

Law Society Northern Territory (“Society”) is proud to announce the recent appointment of Kellie Grainger to the office of the Chief Executive Officer.

Ms Grainger’s appointment follows a Territory-wide recruitment process in the latter part of 2016. Ms Grainger was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1996 and worked in private practice in Hervey Bay, before moving to the Northern Territory in 2012. Ms Grainger has been employed by the Society for almost 5 years. Since 2012, she has been the Manager Regulatory Services and in addition, she has been the acting CEO of the Society since June 2016.

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Media Release: Youth Justice: A step in the right direction

Law Society Northern Territory (“Society”) supports the government’s announcement to increase annual funding of the youth justice system, with a focus on increased services for diversion and bail support.

Society President Mr Tass Liveris said, “Northern Territory courts lock up more young people than anywhere else in Australia, which is extremely expensive and does nothing to reduce crime and re-offending. For many years the Society has said that rather than spending money on locking people up, government ought to invest in programs such as diversion, bail support, youth conferencing and rehabilitation. Early childhood intervention is critical and is proven to help steer young people away from the criminal justice system, which the entire community wants to see, rather than entrench them in it..”.

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Media Release: Community Sick of Seeing Revolving Door of Jail

Law Society Northern Territory (“Society”) today expressed support for the statement in relation to youth sentencing that was issued by the Chief Justice on 20 January 2017.

Society President Mr Tass Liveris said, “As was noted by the Chief Justice, the nature and function of judicial office means there are heavy restrictions on the extent that judges can enter into public debate about their decisions and about issues in the justice system. However, the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration Guide to Judicial Conduct recognises that in some circumstances, carefully measured public comment by courts may be desirable and important to assist the public’s understanding of the administration of justice. Given the prominence that youth sentencing has had in recent public discussion, the statement by the Chief Justice accords with well established principles and may assist to enhance public confidence in the judiciary.”.

The Society makes no comments about any public perceptions or whether there has been any change in the behaviour of judicial officers following the announcement of the current Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

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Other Conferences & Events

Dates and details subject to change. The Society is not responsible for the accuracy of this information.

 

13-17 October 2017: AIPPI 2017 Sydney World Congress SYDNEY - more information

May 2017: Law Week (Law Society Northern Territory) DARWIN & ALICE SPRINGS - information tba

6-9 April 2017: Connectivity & Convergence IPBA 27th Annual Meeting & Conference (Inter-Pacific Bar Association) AUCKLAND - more information

17-18 March 2017: What does the future of law mean to you? Symposium (Queensland Law Society) BRISBANE - more information

1 March 2017: Contract Law Masterclass (Australasian Lawyer) SYDNEY - more information

2-3 February 2017: Opening of the Legal Year (Law Society Northern Territory) DARWIN & ALICE SPRINGS - information tba

23-27 January 2017: Advanced Trial Advocacy (Australian Bar Association) SYDNEY - more information

19-20 January 2017: Start at the Top Family Law Conference (Law Society Northern Territory) DARWIN - more information

 

 

 

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