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12 December 2014 | News

Criminal Code Amendment (Sexual Offences) Bill

The Northern Territory Government is proposing to reform its criminal law offences so that they accord with the principles contained in the Model Criminal Code as developed by Australia’s Attorneys-General Ministerial Council.   As part of these reforms the NT Department of the Attorney-General and Justice is consulting on the draft Criminal Law Amendment (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014.  This draft Bill deals with the sexual offences and related offences of the Criminal Code.

The draft Bill is accompanied by brief summary paper identifying the relationship between the offences in the draft Bill and those in the current Criminal Code and the Model Criminal Code.

Download the draft Bill here

Download the background paper here

The Department would be grateful to receive any comments on or before 31 January 2015.

Comments and feedback should be sent to:

Director, Policy Coordination
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722 DARWIN NT 0801

Or by email to:

Policy.AGD@nt.gov.au

1 December 2014 | News

Safe at Home program: Expressions of Interest

The Northern Territory Government is seeking expressions of interest to deliver the Safe at Home program.

The aim of the Safe at Home program is to support victims, or potential victims, of residential property crime to feel and be safe in their home. The Safe at Home program aims to build capacity in local communities in the Northern Territory with the opportunity to engage local service providers wherever possible to support victims, or potential victims, of property crime. The program is to be Territory-wide and will consider the needs of urban, regional and remote parts of the Northern Territory. The Safe at Home program will commence in early 2015 and will be piloted for a two year period until 30 June 2016.

The closing date for the Expression of Interest is Wednesday 14 January 2015 at 4.00 pm (CST).

For a copy of the Expression of Interest background paper and submission form please contact:

Steve Wheelhouse,
Director of the Crime Victims Services Unit on (08) 8924 4082,
or steve.wheelhouse@nt.gov.au or via post to:

Director
Safe at Home program
Crime Victims Services Unit
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
PO Box 1722, Darwin NT 0801

29 August 2014 | News

Discussion paper: draft bail amendment 2014

The Department of the Attorney-General and Justice is seeking your comments and suggestions on the Exposure Draft of the Bail Amendment Bill 2014 (DOCX).

This Discussion Paper is intended to provide a background to and an outline of the draft Bill.

It is intended to introduce this Bill in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory later in 2014. The Department appreciates that the time in which to respond is reasonably tight, and would be grateful for any responses to be received on or before 15 September 2014.

A Bill for an Act to amend the Bail Act (PDF)

15 July 2014 | News

Open day at Supreme Court and Government House

Supreme Court and Government House will open their doors to the public on Saturday 9 August 2014 to show what goes on behind the scenes.

Supreme Court (Darwin) 9am – 2pm
Participate in a Sentencing Forum and Mock Trial, join a guided tour of the holding cells, jury deliberation rooms, court rooms and the remarkable art collection. Informative displays by Police Forensics, Correctional Services, Witness Assistance Services, various Legal and Interpreter Services, Community Justice Centre, Consumer Affairs, Ombudsman NT, and Anti-Discrimination.

Government House 1pm – 6pm
Experience the graciousness of the Northern Territory’s vice-regal residence, and learn more about the role of the Administrator. There will be live entertainment, Devonshire teas and a sausage sizzle. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and grounds. A team of horticulturists will be on hand to share their knowledge.

Free parking (enter via smith street)
For more information view on the Open Day brochure (PDF) and schedule of events (PDF).

14 March 2014 | News

Public Forum on Advance Personal Planning and other Attorney-General projects

You are invited to a public forum on the NT Government Justice Legislative Reform Program.

Palms City Resort
64 The Esplanade
DARWIN NT

Time: 12noon – 1.30pm
Thursday 20th March 2014

The forum is about the Advance Personal Planning Act which commences on 17 March 2014 and relates to how health, lifestyle, and financial issues can be managed when a person is no longer capable of making their own decisions.  The Act will allow adults to make plans for any future care they may need.

The forum will also provide a brief outline of other Attorney-General’s legislative projects (including the proposed NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Pillars of Justice criminal law reforms).

For more information and to RSVP, contact Adele Butler on 8935 7668 or email agd.policy@nt.gov.au

 

7 March 2014 | News

Justice Law Reform in the Northern Territory 2014

Legal practitioners are invited to attend the Continuing Legal Education seminars/consultations on the NT Government’s Justice Law reform program for 2014.

Seminars will take place in both Darwin and Alice Springs and will focus on the Advance Personal Planning Act which commences on 17 March 2014 and proposed reforms to create a Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

For more information, download the Continuing Legal Education: Darwin (pdf) or Continuing Legal Education: Alice Springs (pdf).

7 March 2014 | News

Public Forum on Advance Personal Planning and other Attorney-General projects

The forum is about the Advance Personal Planning Act which commences on 17 March 2014 and relates to how health, lifestyle and financial issues can be managed when a person is no longer capable of making their own decisions.  The Act will allow adults to make plans for any future care they may need.

The forum will also provide a brief outline of other Attorney-General’s legislative projects (including the proposed NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Pillars of Justice criminal law reforms).

Tuesday 18 March 2014
11am -12noon
Andy McNeil Room
Alice Springs Town Council
93 Todd St
Alice Springs

For more information and to RSVP, contact Adele Butler on 89357668 or at agd.policy@nt.gov.au or visit www.nt.gov.au/justice

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