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Department of Justice annual report 2005 - 2006



Department of Justice annual report 2005 - 2006

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Annual report 2005-2006


Northern Territory. Department of Justice


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Includes "Correctional Services annual statistics 2005-2006".; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




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Northern Territory Government

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Department of Justice annual report; Annual report





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Attorney-General's Department of the Northern Territory annual report

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Department of Law annual report

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Northern Territory Government



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14 Action Taken to Address Alcohol Issues As part of the reporting Framework for Addressing Alcohol Issues in the Northern Territory, each Northern Territory Government agency is required to report on activities and initiatives undertaken to address alcohol misuse and abuse. Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation and Alcohol Court In 2005-06, the Department of Justice took the lead role in developing legislation to implement the Governments Anti-Social Behaviour election commitment. A key component of the legislation was to establish a specialist Alcohol Court to deal with offenders who are dependent on alcohol. The Alcohol Court Act was passed in March 2006 and commenced in July 2006. The aims of the Alcohol Court are to: address alcohol dependency that leads to crime; facilitate a reduction in the commission of offences associated with alcohol dependency; facilitate the rehabilitation of offenders; and contribute to improvements in offenders' health and social functioning. The treatment process put in place by the Court also contributes to the safety and wellbeing of the broader community, which is affected by anti-social behaviour associated with regular and excessive alcohol consumption. The Alcohol Court operates in a different way to the conventional Magistrates Court by specifically seeking to address the underlying behaviour that leads to the commission of offences, as well as dealing with the immediate legal issues. Another key component of the Anti-Social Behaviour legislation was the amendment of the Liquor Act to enable the Licensing Commission to declare that private premises are restricted premises. This means that it would be an offence to consume or possess liquor at those premises. Regional and Indigenous Regional Crime Prevention Councils There are seven Regional Crime Prevention Councils (RCPCs) and two Indigenous Regional Crime Prevention Councils (IRCPCs) in the Northern Territory, each receiving support and funding from the Office of Crime Prevention. The Office of Alcohol Policy Coordination has tasked the councils with coordinating the implementation of the NT Framework for Addressing Alcohol Issues in regional areas across the Territory. The councils are: Regional Crime Prevention Councils Darwin Regional Crime Prevention Council; East Arnhem Harmony Mwaya Mala Inc (Nhulunbuy); Anindilyakwa Crime Prevention Council (Groote Eylandt); Katherine Region Harmony Group; Barkly Region Safer Communities Committee; Community Safety (Alice Springs); and Palmerston Regional Crime Prevention Council. Annual Report 2005 2006 / Introduction & Overview