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Services provided by the department include - Anti-Discrimination Commission, Community Justice Centre, Consumer Affairs, Correctional Services / Prisons, Courts Administration, Legal Services including Law Making & Law Reform, Licensing, Regulation and Alcohol Strategy, Office of Crime Prevention, Public Trustee, Public Prosecutions, Registrar-General - including Births, Deaths and Marriages, the Land Titles Office and WorkSafe.
The Lands and Mining Tribunal is an independent statutory body established under the Lands and Mining Tribunal Act, which commenced on 1 August 1998. The Tribunal is currently vested with jurisdiction in the following areas: (i) making recommendations is respect of compulsory land acquisitions under the Lands Acquisition Act 1978, (ii) decisions or lack of them by the Development Consent Authority under the Planning Act 1999; and (iii) compensation claims in respect of land compulsory acquired as a consequence of orders of the body which preceded the Tribunal.
This database contains all the current consolidated Acts and subordinate legislation of the Northern Territory of Australia.
The Territory Coroner oversees and coordinates all coronial services throughout the Northern Territory and ensures, on behalf of the community, that all deaths and suspected deaths over which a coroner has jurisdiction are thoroughly investigated.
Northern Territory Correctional Services (NTCS), in partnership with the community, is committed to delivering a correctional service that contributes to individual and community safety. Correctional services are provided by Custodial, Juvenile Justice and Community Corrections in the NTCS.
Court Support Services are the responsibility of the Department of Justice, we are responsible for meeting the on-going needs of the Judiciary and general public. This section of the website provides information relating to: Community Justice Centre, Court Support Services, The Coroner's Office, The Lands, Planning and Mining Tribunal, The Fines Recovery Unit, The Mental Health Review Tribunal.
The Fines Recovery Unit (FRU) manages all aspects of fine recovery including the taking of payments, the making of time to pay arrangements and providing information to the public about the enforcement when no other solution can be found. The FRU offers a case-managed debt recovery system, focused on assisting clients to manage their financial obligations to the Territory. One of the main goals of the FRU is to reduce the number of fine defaulters who are imprisoned.
The main function of the Office is to keep a Register, which contains title to all land under the Land Title Act, and to provide public access to the Register. Registered dealings are part of the title which is guaranteed by the Crown and open to public search. Some examples of dealings are mortgages, transfers, leases, discharge of mortgages and applications to replace lost certificates as to title. A fee for these services applies.
The jurisdiction of the Magistrates Courts are divided into two main areas, civil and criminal. The Local Court deals with civil cases and the Court of Summary Jurisdiction mostly deals with less serious criminal cases. The Magistrates also have jurisdiction to hear matters in a number of other courts, such as the Juvenile Court, the Family Matters Court, Local Court, Small Claims Court and the Work Health Court.
The Tribunal was established under the Mental Health and Related Services Act 1998 (the Act). It is an independent statutory body that has the power to make decisions about the care and treatment of people who have a mental illness or mental disturbance.
The Solicitor for the Northern Territory maintains excellence and integrity in the government's legal dealings by the provision of quality advice, representation and documentation to government Ministers, agencies and employees.
The Supreme Court of the Northern Territory of Australia is the superior Court of the Northern Territory. It exercises both original and appellate jurisdictions (the power to hear and determine cases). The Court has jurisdiction in all matters, civil and criminal, which are not expressly excluded by statute (law).

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