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Government backflip on youth justice reforms stirs Law Society

The Law Society Northern Territory (the Society) is deeply concerned by the bill introduced to parliament yesterday proposing regressive amendments to the Youth Justice Act 2005.

The Society’s President, Maria Savvas, said “These amendments to the Youth Justice Act 2005 are a retrograde step and bypass recommendations from the Royal Commission. The Society welcomed the amendments made to the Youth Justice Act 2005 in May 2018 as an important step toward achieving a youth justice system to the standard expected by the community and envisioned by Commissioners White and Gooda. It is bewildering why these amendments have had to be made on an urgent basis and to apply retrospectively.”

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Government must commit to reforming broken youth justice system

The Law Society Northern Territory (the Society) has expressed disappointment and concern at recent events at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. Society President Maria Savvas said, “Six months ago we were heartened by the Northern Territory’s positive response to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. We welcomed Michael Gunner’s announcement that his government had accepted the intent and direction of all 227 recommendations, and his commitment to reform our broken youth justice system. However, recent incidents in our youth detention centres, culminating in the serious disturbances at Don Dale this week, have badly shaken our confidence in the government’s capacity to make the changes required.

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NT Human Rights Awards - The Fitzgeralds

Nominations are now open for the 2018 NT Human Rights Awards.

There are Awards for an individual and organization in each of the four categories: Youth, Justice, Social Change and Diversity

Check out our website for the diverse array of former winners: 

http://www.nthumanrightsawards.org.au/ 

Nominate early, nominate often.

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Launch of Mandatory Reading: Lawyers and Life in the Northern Territory

The President of the Society, Maria Savvas said "The Society is proud to launch this impressive publication, a 280-page coffee table style book, written and published by well-known and respected local historians Peter and Sheila Forrest. It is replete with wonderful photographs and compelling stories of the colourful men and women of our law. Theirs is a great Territory story."

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Expression of Interest: Provision of Advice for Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation

Department of the Legislative Assembly

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified lawyers and academics to provide advice for Legislative Assembly committees to assist their consideration of whether Bills and subordinate legislation have sufficient regard to the rights and liberties of individuals and the institution of Parliament in accordance with Sessional Orders 13(4)(c) and 14(2)(g) (see https://parliament.nt.gov.au/business/standing-and-sessional-orders).

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Open law reform consultation

Best practice review of workplace health and safety in the NT

The NT Government has begun a six month review of NT WorkSafe. Independent consultant Tim Lyons has been commissioned to conduct the review following his work with a similar review of the Queensland regulator. Mr Lyons will now work closely with a Territory reference group made up of industry, union and government nominees to look into strengthening NT WorkSafe’s policies, procedures and activities.

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