Territory Stories

Balance

Details:

Title

Balance

Collection

Law Society Northern Territory; PublicationNT; E-Journals

Date

2018

Notes

This publication contains many links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Celebrating 50 years 1968 - 2018 Law Society NT

Language

English

Subject

Law -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals.; Law Society of the Northern Territory -- Periodicals.

Publisher name

Law Society Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

Volume

Issue no. 1

Copyright owner

Law Society Northern Territory

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/294620

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396081

Page content

C L A N T L A W S O C I E T Y N T New team, same dream In November 2017 the CLANT AGM was held in the NAAJA Boardroom. Russell Goldflam, our Human Rights Award winning, gypsy clarinet and limerick enthusiast President stood aside after six tireless years in the role. His contribution to the association has been exceptional. As the newly elected President, I have been left with enormous shoes to fill. Our new committee spans the jurisdiction with representatives from Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs and comprises members of the Bar, private firms, the DPP, the Commonwealth DPP, the NT Legal Aid Commission and NAAJA. The CLANT membership has continued to grow and we now are proud to boast in excess of 140 members. At the 16th Biennial Bali Conference in June last year we celebrated the 30th anniversary of CLANT in the gardens of founding President, Colin McDonalds, beautiful villa in Ubud. It was a time to recognise and reflect on both the growth of the associations membership and the determined lobbying, advocacy and general boat rocking of previous committees. Hard work lies ahead for this committee. We have the most severe and stringent mandatory sentencing laws in the country. We have a broken youth justice system that now has an apparent path to effective reformation but as yet no concrete commitment from either the Federal or Territory governments to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission. We require a collaborative approach to dealing with criminal justice issues. Underlying criminogenic factors must be mitigated by way of increased funding and infrastructure in the Health, Education and Housing departments including in remote communities. The over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in custody and the shameful rates of imprisonment in our jurisdiction carry a costly toll on our community in both financial and human terms. The number of persons with mental health issues in custody on supervised orders because we have no appropriate community-based health services and treatment facilities is unacceptable in a first world country. The lack of appropriately qualified persons to provide reports to the Courts creates extreme delays for these vulnerable persons and is something that must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Holistic and therapeutic strategies that attempt to engage and identify at risk persons prior to or at the commencement of criminal offending is crucial to minimising both crime rates and incarceration. Long-term commitment is required to make generational change. We cannot fear controversial policy reform including the de-criminalisation of certain drug offences in favour of educating and voluntary rehabilitation options. Diversion CRIMINAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (CLANT) Marty Aust President CLANT


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