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Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission



Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

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n o rt h e rn t e rr it o ry l e g a l a id c o m m is si o n a n n u a l re p o rt 2 0 2 0 /2 1 0 2 2 The Directorate In consultation with the Board of Commissioners, manage and provide direction to the operations of NT Legal Aid. Corporate Services Provide support and infrastructure within NT Legal Aid so that services are provided to the people of the Northern Territory in an efficient and effective manner. Criminal Law Practice Our criminal law practice provides specialist legal advice and representation to achieve timely and appropriate outcomes for people charged with criminal offences and for those suspected of committing offences. Lawyers uphold the values of professionalism, integrity, accountability, honesty and trust. Our services are provided in a respectful and confidential way. We use interpreters whenever required and our lawyers assist clients to navigate the criminal justice system in an informed way. Services: NT Legal Aid provides legal advice, duty lawyer services, representation and legal education. We engage with Government and other stakeholders to achieve policy change and law reform. Legal Advice We provide confidential, free legal advice remotely and from our Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs offices by phone or in person. Duty Law service: Our duty lawyer service is available at the Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs courts. The service is free and is designed to assist clients to assess the seriousness of their case; conduct simple guilty pleas, mentions and adjournments, and access legal representation either through NT Legal Aid or the private sector and to apply for or vary bail conditions. Legal Representation Where a grant of aid is made, ongoing representation is provided to clients in the Youth Justice Court, Local Court, Bush (community) Courts and Supreme Court. In some circumstances representation is also granted for matters in the appellate jurisdiction including the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and High Court. NT Legal Aid criminal practitioners work in conjunction with NT Legal Aids social support workers to comprehensively address the social, substance misuse and family issues bringing some clients into conflict with the legal system. NT Legal Aid practitioners represent adult clients in the Local Court for matters including bail applications, pleas of guilty, contested hearings, committals, breaches of orders and in the mental health diversion list of the Local Court in Darwin. In the Supreme Court our practitioners appear for matters including bail applications, pleas of guilty, pre-trial applications, jury trials, applications in relation to mental impairment and fitness to stand trial and applications for extensions of non-parole periods (for prisoners serving mandatory life sentences). In the Youth Justice Court our practitioners appear for children in bail applications, referrals for youth diversion, pleas of guilty, pre-hearing/trial applications (including doli incapax applications regarding legal capacity for children between 10 and 14 years of age), contested hearings, breach of sentence hearings and sentence reconsiderations. Education Our criminal lawyers work collaboratively with our community legal education team to create and conduct targeted legal education initiatives on the criminal justice system particularly programs for young people in schools, and people from refugee or migrant backgrounds. Our Principal Functions

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