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NT Chief Magistrate participates in bush court circuit

Date posted: 27 July 2012

The Chief Magistrate of the Northern Territory (NT), Hilary Hannam, says a lack of resources and technology on the bush court circuit is affecting the delivery of justice.

The NT bush court is a travelling court service that visits around 30 towns and remote communities in the NT. This circuit court is unique to the NT, considering matters which would normally be held in a Magistrates court.

The Chief Magistrate says that while the court's interpreting service is doing well, there are other areas that still need improvement.

'For example, something like air conditioning,' she said. 'We can't put air conditioning on in a number of the courts because it's so old and noisy that you actually can't be heard. So we have to sit there in little, tiny rooms.

'Then there's the lack of technology, and we have to make do. Occasionally there have even been hand-held recorders and things like that.'

Source: ABC Alice Springs


Last updated: 27 July 2012
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