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.Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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’Read more
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 QC – Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
- Mr Hugh Bradley – Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
The Northern Territory Law Reform Committee (the Committee) has released a Consultation Paper regarding Mandatory Sentencing and Community-Based Sentencing Options.Read more
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.
REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVESRead more
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.Read more
The Law Society Northern Territory (the Society) welcomes the announcement that local barrister Mr Miles Crawley SC has been appointed as a Judge of the District Court of South Australia and Deputy President of the South Australian Employment Tribunal.Read more
DARWIN NICHOLS PLACE
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.
Publishing a notice of intended application for a grant or for resealing in probate and administration proceedings
Pursuant to Practice Direction 1 of 2020 (Electronic Filing in Civil Proceedings), you are no longer required to publish a notice of an intended application for a grant or for resealing in the NT News (or equivalent publication), where that notice is filed electronically with the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.Read more
Law Society Northern Territory (“Society”) welcomes the announcement that Nikolai Christrup SC will succeed Sonia Brownhill SC as the Solicitor-General for the Northern Territory.Read more
PRO BONO LEGAL WORK: A GUIDE FOR INDIVIDUAL LAWYERS
What does the Guide include?
This Guide highlights the diverse range of opportunities available to lawyers who are interested in undertaking pro bono volunteer work in a personal capacity, outside of a formal program or through employment.
We’re excited to announce two sets of Anti-Discrimination Commission training, face to face with our new trainer, Anika Freiling.
She will be kicking off with public training in Darwin in the week of 9 – 13 November and then venturing down to Alice Springs for the week of 7 – 11 December.
So if you’ve got Zoom-fatigue and you want to train live with a real person and an interactive course, register now! All training will comply with COVID19 physical distancing requirements, so in some cases numbers may be restricted by the size of the available room.Read more
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